If you have oily skin, then you are well aware of the plethora of problems it comes with. For those who don’t, well, let us enlighten you. It is constantly dealing with pimples, a permanent sheen that lives rent-free on your skin, enlarged pores and makeup that just won’t stay put, and along with these issues come the unsolicited advice from friends and family. Whether it is advice on how to get rid of pimples or how to control sheen and greasiness, somehow everyone seems to have an opinion about oily skin.
While some tips and pointers are useful, there are other common myths floating around that are a big NO when it comes to treating oily skin. Following these can either lead to skin damage or even diminish one’s self-confidence.
First, oily skin is completely natural and nothing to be embarrassed about and second, if you’ve received any of the following advice listed below, we suggest you turn a deaf ear to it.
This is absolutely false. In fact, washing your face more than twice a day can increase sebum production due to the loss of natural oils.
If you have oily skin, stick to the general rule of cleansing your face twice a day--once in the morning and before going to bed. You should also exfoliate once or twice a week to get rid of the dead skin cells, excess oils, dirt and bacteria that may have settled on the skin’s surface.
If you have oily and pimple-prone skin, you’ve probably heard this statement from the older generation. There is a big misconception that a change in certain habits will automatically reduce the production of sebum on the face.
The truth is, oily skin is mainly hereditary, so while certain products and routines help reduce the oil, this skin type is programmed in your genes and cannot magically be fixed by changing your lifestyle.
Giving up junk and oily food is one of the most famous misconceptions out there when it comes to oily skin. While food does play a role when it comes to your skin, indulging in some French fries or vada pavs occasionally is not going to increase the sebum production in your body.
Many believe that wearing sunscreen makes skin oily and greasy. This statement is without a doubt, completely false. No matter your skin type, sunscreen is a must as it protects your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
It’s 2020 and there are sunscreens in the market catering to every skin type. If you suffer from oily skin, look for lightweight breathable, and non-greasy formulas that won’t clog the pores or be too heavy on the skin.
This is another terrible myth that has been circulating around for years. Just like sunscreen, your skin requires its daily dose of moisturiser too. Cleansing, SPF, and moisturising are the holy trinity of skincare and under no circumstances should they be skipped.
When it comes to choosing the right moisturiser for oily skin, opt for lightweight, gel-based formulas as they hydrate the skin without causing any other skin issues.
Now that we’ve debunked the most popular oily skin myths, go on and give your skin the TLC it needs.
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