Soap for Oily Skin and Acne: Removing Excess Sebum

Soap for oily skin and acne is fundamentally a means of removing excess sebum and preventing dryness. It is sebum which mixes with dead skin cells in the pores of your skin to create the thick soup that leads to acne when infected.  While acne can also form in dry skin types, it is more common with oily skins, particularly with teenagers whose sebum levels are raised due to imbalanced hormone activity.

There are a number of soaps suitable for cleaning excess sebum, three examples of which are reviewed below.

1.  At Last Naturals MSM Herbal Bar Soap

At Last Naturals MSM Herbal Bar SoapBy Born Again, MSM Herbal Bar Soap gets rave reviews online from those that have used it to treat their acne and excess sebum. To understand why, let’s have a look at its ingredients:

MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane):  This is a rich source of organic sulfur. Sulfur is intimately involved in keeping your skin supple and elastic, but its main function in treating and preventing acne is that it dries the skin and promotes peeling. This helps in removing excess sebum, and also in sloughing off dead skin cells, thus removing the two primary causes of acne. The sulfurous odor is masked by the beautiful Oil of Orange scent.

Aloe Vera Gel:  Aloe vera promotes healing of damaged skin, and also moisturizes it through the gel. It does not cure acne, but along with the chamomile and calendula also in the MSM Soap formulation, reduces inflammation and swelling, eases irritation and itching and accelerates the transition back to normal skin.

Antioxidant Vitamins: Vitamins A, C and E and are all highly antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and not only help to reduce the inflammation of acne but also neutralize the free radicals that can delay healing.

2. Lemongrass and Tea Tree Oil Soap Bar

Lemongrass and Tea Tree Oil Soap BarThe active ingredients of this Nubian Heritage product are lemongrass and tea tree oil, along with shea butter, a natural moisturizer that is good for the skin. The effects of each of the main ingredients are:

Lemongrass:  This is a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce the inflammation, swelling and itching of acne. It helps both to reduce the level of existing conditions and acts as a preventative for future inflammatory skin conditions

Tea Tree Oil:  Tea tree oil possesses strong antibacterial properties, and kills the bacteria that lead to acne. It is also an oil, able to cut through the excess sebum and get right down into the pores. Between them tea tree oil and lemongrass reduce the severity of acne attacks and prevent further episodes.

This Lemongrass and Tea Tree Oil Soap Bar is highly regarded in online reviews, and most that have used it have stayed with it – which tells its own story!

3.  GRISI Sulfur Soap with Lanolin

GRISI Sulfur Soap with LanolinAgain receiving excellent reviews, GRISI Sulfur Soap with Lanolin is a powerful skin cleanser, removing excess lanolin and leaving your skin smooth and moist. The sulfur works in much the same way as the MSM soap above, but the added lanolin helps to keep your skin sleek and hydrated, and prevents it drying out.

You therefore get both benefits: the removal of excess sebum but without the consequent dry skin which presents its own problems. Lanolin is a natural product obtained from sheep wool and does not cause acne. See the full range of Grisi Soaps.


Between them, these three soaps are amongst the best to be found online for acne and excess sebum.  They help cure oily skin and reduce the severity of acne while also preventing further attacks. They can be used if you have acne or if you simply want to prevent yourself from getting it.


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