5 Common Skincare Ingredients to Avoid If You Have Oily Skin

Crafting a skincare routine that works with—not against—your oily skin is easier said than done. Who among us with oily skin hasn't turned to products with strong ingredients in the hopes that they will sop up all our excess oil? (*Raises hand.*) But going overboard with exfoliation and toners can actually backfire and cause your skin to produce even more oil, which can lead to clogged pores. Sigh.

"If you have oily skin, you need to be careful about the products that you are using," Mount Sinai Hospital Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research Joshua Zeichner, MD, says. "The wrong ones can promote breakouts or even cause skin irritation." With that in mind, we asked him which five ingredients those of us with oily skin should avoid at all costs.

Here, five ingredients to avoid for oily skin—and what to use instead. Plus, our product picks for oily skin.