Oily skin is the bane of any woman’s existence. If you have oily skin, you definitely know it and there is a good chance that everyone else knows it too! Before you completely give up on your skin, learning the proper skin care for oily skin can not only reduce the appearance of greasy, slick skin, but it can prevent the natural oils in your skin from ruining your appearance.
What Causes Oily Skin?
Before seeking any treatment, it is important to understand just why you have oily skin in the first place. Our skin naturally produces oils to help protect and moisturize it. “Sebaceous glands” are the glands underneath our skin that produces this oil. These glands may produce too much of this oil (caused by the hormone Androgen) for a number of reasons:
- Hormonal imbalance, which may be linked to genetics, medications you are taking, or diet
- Cleansing products
What is proper Skin Care for Oily Skin?
First trying to figure out just why you may have oily skin in the first place is a good way to start deciding how you can control your oily skin. Is it hereditary? Or are you taking medications that could be altering your body’s natural hormonal balance (this includes if you are a woman on the birth control pill)? Speak to your doctor about how these medications may be adversely affecting your skin, and see if there are alternative medications you could use to help reduce the oiliness of your skin.
Next it’s time to choose an appropriate cleanser. Contrary to what you may think, harsh facial cleansing products will not help your skin. These products will only exacerbate the problem and make your oily skin all the more troublesome.
Try to choose a good quality acne-treatment cleansing product, or cleansers made specifically for oily skin. Be sure to also cleanse your face in tepid water and not hot water. Hot water will only initially cause your skin to dry out, which will get those oily glands working harder to produce more oil.
If you are using a toner, again be sure to choose one that is gentle on the skin and that is made just for oily skin. The type of moisturizer you choose is particularly important. You want to choose a moisturizer that does not contain any oil and that are noncomedogenic. These products will not clog your pores and contribute to your oily skin or acne.
When it comes to makeup, focus on using as little makeup as possible. If you do not need to wear foundation on every inch of your face, DON’T. If you do not need to wear cover up on certain areas of your skin, DON’T. Allowing your skin to breathe will help keep the pores clear and prevent any future breakouts. Choose oil-free products and cosmetics that are made specifically for oily skin.
Some Additional Skin Care for Oily Skin Tips
- Avoid eating greasy and spicy foods
- Speak to your doctor about using medications that contain retinoids. Retinoids reduce the oil glands’ oil production and actually help shrink their size.