An oily skin comes with its own fair share of problems (just as any other skin type anyway).
Imagine leaving the house with your make up intact and in the afternoon, your makeup becomes a greasy pile on your face.
What’s worse? An oily skin is usually very prone to acne.
When oily skin is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is sebum.
This is because it is the primary factor at play.
Sebum is an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands. The truth is that sebum is good for the skin. It serves as a moisturizing agent. But when there is an overproduction, your skin becomes oily.
The overproduction of sebum can be caused by several things, like genetics, weather changes, hormonal changes, stress, and even bad skincare products.
It is possible to control oily skin. All you need to do is effect some hygiene and lifestyle changes.
How to Control Oily Skin
Below are some tips that would help you control oil on your skin.
Wash your face
It sounds simple, right? But it works.
It is important that you cleanse your face with lukewarm water twice or thrice daily. This keeps your face less oily throughout the day and reduces the chance of acne breakout on your skin.
You should however try not to overdo this. Too much water on the skin or frequent washing can make your skin dry.
Whenever you wash, be sure to use mild soaps that are gentle on the skin. The trick is to avoid anything that would irritate your skin.
Be mindful of the cleanser you use
The kind of cleanser you use might worsen the situation or help bring your oily skin to normal. Since your skin already has excess oil, just stay away from cleansers with oil.
Use exfoliating skin scrubs
Skin scrubs are essential for exfoliating your skin. They unclog the pores of your skin, remove dead skin cells and oil residue on your skin. After a good scrub, your skin is smoother and cleaner.
Be gentle when applying a face scrub and do not overdo it. This might lead to skin tear or sore. Also, the less harsh your exfoliating scrub feels on your skin, the better
Pay attention to your makeup
In as much as you like to go out every morning with your makeup on, looking really beautiful, there are some things you should watch out for.
If you’ll use makeup at all, ensure that “non-comedogenic” is written on the makeup products you buy. Stop going after cheap makeup products made with harmful ingredients that’ll clog your pores destroy your skin.
If you have an oily skin, always make sure you apply loose powder and not compact powder on your face.
Cut back on your use of foundation, especially if you know you will spend your day in a hot environment or you would be exposed to the heat of the sun. This is because when exposed to heat, your foundation melts and clogs your skin pores.
More importantly, do not sleep with your makeup on. Always make sure you wash off the makeup before going to bed.
Stay away from oil-based skin products
No matter how attractive or effective a skin product is, as long as it is oil-based it is not good for your oily skin. Right from your make up essentials, moisturizer, soap, down to your night cream, it is advisable that they all are oil-free.
You do not need a genius to know that applying oil on an already oily skin is not good for you.
Always have a blotting paper close to you
Blotting papers are good for cleaning up oil from the skin. Whenever your face gets oily, instead of using a powder puff, you should use a blotting paper.
Dab on your skin and let it soak up the oil. A powder puff will only create a mess especially if you applied a full makeup regimen.
Some people with oily skin believe that rubbing a lotion on their skin would make their skin more oily. This is not true!
Lotions moisturize and hydrate your skin. They help to keep your skin’s water balance in check.
In fact, proper hydration limits the excess secretion of oil in your skin. However, for oily skins, a moisturizing lotion is bitter than a moisturizing cream.
The last thing an oily skin needs is heat, especially from the sun.
Ultra violet rays from the sun dehydrates your skin and stimulates the production of oil. Sunscreen makes your skin immune to the sun’s radiation and this in turn reduces oil on your skin.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet
Your diet greatly affects your skin.
Your skin does not only respond to external stimuli, it is affected by what goes on within the body. Just as you are advised to stay away from oil-based products, you should also steer clear oily and fatty foods.
If you like cooking with a lot of oil, reduce the oily content. Stay away from fast foods that are greasy and oily. As much as you can, do not eat fried foods. Spicy foods too should be taken minimally.
Fruits and vegetables are always good for the body.
A balanced diet overall, filled with vitamins and minerals, provides your skin with all the nutrient it needs to perform properly. So…stick to a balanced diet always!
It is very important to remember that oil on your skin is good. It only becomes a problem when it is excess.
Try out these tips and be careful what you apply on your skin. Ensure that no matter what you do, nothing clogs your skin pores.
If you are able to do all these, your skin will be back to normal in no time. (Or at least, the oil it produces will be well-controlled and minimal.)