Oils are produced by the body to keep the skin healthy, but too much of it can cause more harm than good. When excess oil is produced, it can lead to larger pores and thicker pore linings, trapping the oil from leaving the pores. This in turn results in blackheads and whiteheads. It’s impossible to control how much oil is produced because it is genetically determined by androgen hormones, which are present in both men and women, but it is possible to control it. Here are a few tips you can try to treat oily skin.
This is the most effective way to manage oily skin. Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser twice a day. It should rinse away without leaving any residue, should not contain cleansing agents like sodium lauryl sulfate as they dry the skin. and should not contain fragrances, as they are irritants. Hard soaps should not be used as they dry the skin, triggering the skin to produce more oil. If a basic cleanser doesn’t do the trick, opt for one that contains acid such as benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, beta-hydroxy acid or salicylic acid, usually marketed as acne facial cream. Buy a small size of whatever product you use since some of these ingredients can be irritating. This allows you to change to another one without incurring too many costs. Also, make sure you wash your face with warm water, as high temperatures irritate the skin.
Use an alcohol free toner loaded with antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. These ingredients help the skin to heal, minimize large pores buy reducing inflammation and remove traces of dead skin and dirt from the pores. Most people have never just have oily skin, but a combination of dry and oily skin. Due to this toners might be harsh to the dry areas of your skin so only use toners on the oily part of your skin. These are the areas where blackheads tend to form, generally on the forehead, nose and chin.
Oily skin tends to have a thicker layer of dead skin on it. Exfoliation is the best way to get rid of it and reduce clogged pores, making the skin smoother. Choose exfoliating creams with salicylic acid because it not only exfoliates the skin, but the pore linings as well. This allows oil to easily flow to the surface, preventing clogging of the pores. It also reduces irritation and fades the redness from previous blemishes.
Sunscreen is still essential when you have oily skin. Stay away from those that are too greasy or too occlusive. Look for those that offer weightless protection, leaving your face with a matte finish. You can use other products that offer sun protection such as matte-finish liquid foundation with a SPF 25 or greater, or a pressed powder with SPF 15 or greater if sunscreen seems a bit too heavy for your liking. These products should help protect you against harmful sunrays, while leaving your skin shine-free.
At night, you can use a light liquid, gel or serum that can provide hydration while you rest. Be sure it doesn’t contain any pore clogging ingredients, as that could make your situation even worse. There are many night creams in the market that are made specifically for oily skin. Pick the ones that mainly contain antioxidants, cell-communicating and skin-repairing ingredients.
Absorb excess oil on the go
Products such as blotting papers and medicated pads can be carried around and used when your skin gets too oily. They work by absorbing the excess oil, leaving your skin clear of oil, but not drying it out. Medicated pads also contain acid ingredients to clean your skin as well as get rid of the oil. They are indispensable and convenient, helping you when you really need it.
Even as you go against the shine, remember that oily skin tends to have fewer wrinkles and look healthier than other skin types. Do not go overboard, remove excessive oil when need be, letting your skin preserve its natural anti-aging mechanism. More often than not, your skin might agree with just one of these tips. Try each one of them out and see what works best for you.