Oil is produced by our skin to keep it healthy but as with anything, an excess of it can cause problems. If you’re suffering from oily skin, this means that your sebaceous glands are working on overdrive and producing excess sebum leading you to have shiny, greasy skin. If you suffer from oily skin, you are much more prone to acne breakouts, whiteheads, blackheads, and enlarged or clogged pores.
Here are some classic signs of oily skin:
Visibly enlarged pores especially on your nose chin and forehead
The more oily parts of your face have blackheads, whiteheads or acne
Your face starts to get shiny even just an hour or two after cleansing and becomes greasy
Makeup seems to slide off or disappear from your face
If you find that you do have oily skin, don’t worry just follow these tips for caring for your skin:
1. Assess your current skin care products. Since your skin is oily, you might have been tempted to buy products that have drying ingredients. Throw them out! Sure they will make your skin feel less oily at first but in the long run, those drying ingredients will actually irritate your sebaceous glands and prompt it to produce even more oil. Steer clear of pore-cloggers too like emollients.
2. Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse! The best way to control excess oil is to cleanse your skin and keep it clean. Oily skin is particularly susceptible to a build-up not just of oil but also of dirt so you washing your face twice daily is important to avoid clogged up pores. Use gel-based or foaming cleansers. Your cleanser should rinse out without leaving any residue and should not contain any drying ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate.
3. Exfoliate – but not too much. A good scrub is especially good for oily skin. Excessive sebum leads to dead skin cells that just sit on the surface of your skin, clumping together and resulting into pimples, whiteheads and blackheads on top of dull-looking complexion. A good exfoliation no more than twice a week will help slough off those dead cells and stimulate the production of newer, younger ones. However, always use a gentle touch and do not rub to hard – a light touch is all you need otherwise you’re just irritating your skin.
4. Tone that skin. Using an alcohol-free toner every day will go a long way to removing excess oil and dirt from your skin. Simply apply the toner unto a cotton pad and apply onto your face, paying special attention to problem areas like the T-zone.
5. Moisturize. Many people with oily skin tend to skip this part, believing they are exacerbating the problem. But that’s not true. This is still an important step in your skin care regime. If oily skin doesn’t get proper hydration, it will all the more encourage the sebaceous glands to produce oil. So go ahead and moisturize but pick a product that’s especially formulated for your skin type. Go for light, water-based
moisturizers like gels or serums that don’t have any pore-clogging ingredients.
6. Protect against the sun. Same as with moisturizers, many with oily skin are tempted to steer clear of sunscreen. But this is essential for any skin type not just to prevent freckles and wrinkles, but to protect the skin from harmful rays and keep it healthy. Again make sure you’re getting the right sunscreen for your skin type. Ideally it’s a light formulation that will help you keep your skin matte while protecting you from the sun.
Oily skin can indeed be a challenge but if you follow the tips above for your skin care regime, it should pose no problem for you.