Even though having oily skin comes with a few benefits, such as fewer wrinkles and fine lines and younger appearance, it may be a real struggle to maintain control over it. This is especially harder when you are someone that loves wearing makeup. Makeup products put on oily skin tend to slip and slide around, and even the most long-wearing foundation does not last long on the face.
But troubles are nothing when you start having breakouts because of too much oil your skin produces.
What is oily skin, and how to identify it?
Oily skin is a result of too much sebum produced by sebaceous glands. Sebum is the natural moisturizer that our skin produces, and it keeps the skin healthy and nurtured without any additional treatments. However, in the case of oily skin, sebum is produced in excessive amounts, which leads to clogged pores and breakouts. Many people with oily skin also suffer from visible pores and thick-looking skin.
There is a simple method to identify whether your skin type is oily or not. Wash your face with a regular pH-balanced cleanser and wait. If after half an hour your face, especially the T-zone gets shiny, then you have oily skin type.
Controlling oily skin: Tips
Having oily skin, in most cases, is genetic. That is why preventing your skin from producing too much sebum is often very hard. Other causes of oily skin include hormones, diet, environment, cosmetics you use, and over-washing the face.
In any case, here are some tips to follow to control oily skin and prevent breakouts and pimples resulted by it.
1. Stick to a face-washing routine.
Having a steady skin care routine is essential if you are trying to take control of your oily skin. Washing the face helps to get rid of the oil that gets collected in the pores. However, this does not mean that you should wash your face multiple times a day. Dermatologists recommend washing the face not more than two times a day. An exception can be made if you have been working out and sweating.
To wash your face, use a mild cleanser that is neither moisturizing nor full of chemicals. Some ingredients in cleansers made for oily skin contain harsh ingredients, which often strip the skin and dry it out. If your skin gets irritated and dehydrated, it may produce even more sebum.
Glycerin soap that is free of fragrance is a good option for those who are not experiencing acne.
If washing the face is not sufficient enough, you can choose products that contain acids, such as salicylic or glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, etc.
2. Do not forget the toner.
Toners are a necessary step for people that are trying to control excessive oil production. Alcohol-containing toners may be helpful for oily-skin. However, they are not so healthy.
If you want to use an astringent toner to balance out your skin, try choosing the ones that contain natural astringents. Witch hazel is one of the best ingredients for oily skin, as it is a natural astringent.
Witch hazel toners have soothing properties and can reduce the look of large pores, making a face look smoother and more even.
Make sure to pat dry after you have cleansed and toned it.
3. Never skip the moisturizer.
Part of the people who have oily skin think that they do not need to put on a moisturizer after they have washed the face. Is there a need to put moisturizing cream on a face that has got its own moisturizer? Yes, there is. Loss of skin moisture is the main reason why sebaceous glands produce an excessive amount of sebum.
However, people with oily skin types should be careful with their choice of moisturizer. It is recommended to choose ones that are water-based and lightweight. These kinds of creams are non-comedogenic, which means they will not clog the pores and cause any breakouts.
4. Use clay masks.
If you have oily skin and want to do face masks but are afraid that your face will become even shinier, then clay masks are what you need. Clay is an irreplaceable ingredient for people with oily skin. It absorbs oil, dirt, and impurities collected in the pores, leaving the face nice and clean, with brighter and more even complexion.
Making a clay mask does not require much. All you need is some clay powder and water. To make the mask more effective, add a drop of tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil.
5. Use blotting sheets.
Blotting sheets are the easiest way to get rid of excess shine on the face throughout the day. These special papers with absorbent properties will help you get rid of excess oil.
Blotting papers come extremely handy, especially when you are wearing makeup. Instead of adding another layer of powder to mattify the face, you can use these sheets to refresh your makeup and not walk around with an overly shiny and greasy face.