If you are anything like me, then you know the frustrations of having oily skin. Despite my best efforts I would look a greasy mess by mid-day. Now that I have a better understanding of my skin, I am better equipped to care for it.
Oily skin is caused by sebaceous glands that are over-active, producing excess sebum, contributing to a shiny looking face and skin concerns such as acne, blackheads, enlarged/clogged pores, etc.
Now that we’ve discussed the science behind oily skin, let’s take a look at how to manage it. Let me know if you have any tips to add to list.
- Products. It is important that you use products that are formulated for our skin type. Look for products with benzoyl peroxide and at least 2 percent salicylic acid. These products help break down oil in the pores without over-drying the skin.
- Hydrate. Water helps us to flush out the toxins in our bodies. Drinking an ample amount of water helps to keep our skin clean and hydrated.
- Wash Your Hands. Our hands collect germs and bacteria that can be transferred onto our skin. Therefore it is important to always wash your hands before touching your face.
- Remove Your Makeup. We are all guilty of falling asleep before removing our makeup. Although sleeping with makeup on our face is a no-no for everyone, it is especially true for us oily girls. Dirt and oil can seep into our pores over night (resulting in acne). Be sure to at least use a makeup wipe before you go to sleep.
- Exfoliate. It is imperative to exfoliate regularly. It is recommended that we exfoliate at least 1-3 times a week. Excess sebum has the tendency to collects in our pores (a contributing factor to acne). It also creates dead cells on the skin surface (dull-looking skin). Exfoliating clears our pores and renews our skin’s surface. In other words, exfoliating = clear and radiant skin. You can find my natural face scrub recipe here: DIY Face Scrub.
- Washcloths. Be sure to use a clean washcloth each time you wash your face. Washcloths (especially wet ones) are breeding grounds for bacteria.
- Use a Mask. Applying masks to the skin helps draw out oils and cleanses pores. Charcoal masks and clays are great for those with our skin type.
- Sunscreen. The fear of looking greasy often causes us to skip this essential step in our skin care routine. Sunscreen prevents brown spots, hyper-pigmentation, protects the skin from the sun’s rays, etc. Try looking for a product that is formulated for your face, is oil-free and has a SPF of at least 35.
- Moisturize. Contrary to popular belief, oily skin needs moisturization. Stripping the skin of it’s moisture will only lead to the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Experts recommend that we use an oil-free, water based (non-comedogenic) moisturizer.
- Change Your Pillowcases. Pillowcases can absorb oil and dirt while we sleep. Be sure to change your pillowcase at least once a week to avoid redepositing the oil on your face.