If you deal with or have dealt with oily skin, you are well aware of the horrors that accompany it, especially during the monsoon season. The high humidity levels lead to an increase in acne, a constant shiny nose, and the mixture of sweat and grease creates a recipe for various other skin issues. Given all these problems, it’s understandable if you don’t always love your skin.
Before you empty your bank account by purchasing every oil-control or anti-acne skincare products available in the market, in hopes to treat your skin type, first, start with the basics. This means changing your skincare routine and improving your diet. Even though you can’t voluntarily alter your skin type, you can, however, take the proper measures to control the shine and acne. Want to know more? Keep on reading to find out what you can do to reduce the build-up of oil and keep the pimples at bay.
If you have oily skin, it’s important to know the root cause of it in order to treat it effectively. Sebum is naturally produced within the body and it is vital as it keeps the skin hydrated and healthy. When the sebaceous glands, located in the dermis produce too much sebum, it results in oily skin. Genetics, environmental, or even lifestyle factors can all result in this skin type. While the following tips won’t eliminate the excess sebum completely, it will, however, help make the skin less oily.
Fall in love with your skin once again by incorporating these tips into your skincare and beauty routine.
Cleansing once in the morning and once before going to bed is a must, regardless of your skin type. Those with oily skin might feel the need to wash it multiple times throughout the day to eliminate the oil and grease, but this will just lead to the production of more sebum. If you have oily skin, resist the urge to wash it after every couple of hours and stick to cleansing your face only twice a day with a foaming or gel-based cleanser. Always keep blotting paper with you, so whenever you feel like your skin is starting to get oily, just remove a sheet and blot it out.
Accumulation of oil, dead skin, bacteria, dirt and other impurities can lead to clogged pores which result in acne. Using skincare products like chemical or physical scrubs that cater to oily skin, gently remove dead skin cells, stubborn blackheads, etc., leaving the skin soft, smooth and clear.
Alcohol-free toners are great for balancing out the pH levels. When used on oily skin, it gently removes the excess oil without disrupting the skin’s natural oil production. It also reduces the chances of clogged pores. It won't strip the skin of its natural moisture and will leave the epidermis feeling fresh and clean.
Oily skin is not an excuse to skip your moisturiser. Not keeping the skin nourished and hydrated will only encourage the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. If you suffer from oily skin, don’t opt for moisturisers which have a heavy consistency. Instead, go for oil-free, non-comedogenic, water-based skin care products as they’ll moisturise and nourish the skin without making it feel too greasy.
What you consume also plays a huge role when it comes to maintaining healthy skin. If your oily skin is causing breakouts, cut back on fried and processed foods. Change up your diet and add foods that are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C like avocados, oranges, coconut water, whole grains etc., to keep the skin hydrated from the inside and to also reduce the secretion of excess oils from the sebaceous glands.
Using a clay mask once a week helps reduce excess shine and tighten pores. Clay draws out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, leaving the skin looking brighter and less shiny.
Remember, every skin type comes with its own pro and cons; with oily skin, you will need to deal with the constant breakout, but the good news is that your skin is less prone to wrinkles.
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