How to Look After Oily Skin
Written by Sneh Chaudhry on January 13, 2022
A daily skincare routine is an absolute must. But here are a couple of other things you can try to up your skincare routine from good to great.
#1. Wash your face twice a day
Washing your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning and night is key to taking care of oily skin. Not only can it reduce the amount of oil production on your skin.
But oily skin can also tolerate more cleansing than those with sensitive skin or other skin types. When you do wash your face, just make sure that you use warm water and a regular cleanser.
That means free of fragrances, added moisturizers, or other harsh chemicals. Otherwise, your oily face might get irritated and respond with even more oil.
That being said, not all people with oily skin benefit from simple cleansing. Instead, professional advice offers that you use products with salicylic acid, glycolic acid, beta-hydroxy acid, or benzoyl peroxide.
Incorporating these kinds of acids into your skincare regimen may help you unclog pores and soothe acne-prone skin. But always be sure to start with a small amount to make sure your skin doesn’t become irritated.
#2. Use a toner to control excess oil
Toners typically contain alcohol which helps to dry skin out. So if extra oil loves lurking around, then consider toning your entire face up!
Some people with oily skin claim that natural astringent toners help make enlarged pores seem smaller. And they even help to remove makeup and other products that would otherwise clog pores.
That being said, not everyone with oily skin benefits from the use of toners. So be sure to look for any signs of irritation such as face tingling or itching.
#3. Treat oily skin with gentle exfoliation
When too much oil is raining on your face parade, add some gentle exfoliation to your skincare routine. And we mean gentle!
Exfoliating oily skin can help to remove dead skin cells and reduce oil production. Not to mention that most natural exfoliating solutions will also contain salicylic acid.
And oily skin loves salicylic acid. So it’s a win-win! Just be sure to avoid scrubbing your skin with too much force as oil production may pick up once again due to irritation.
And exfoliation should only occur about once a week. So it’s not to become a staple of your daily skincare routine.
(Are you noticing that oily skin is like the Goldilocks skin type? Not too much, not too little, just right.)
#4. Moisturize twice a day
It seems counterintuitive to add a moisturizer to oily skin. And twice a day? We must be joking!
But we’re actually not. Even though oil can provide skin hydration, it does not provide the same benefits that a moisturizer can.
Besides, if you skip the moisturizer, your oily skin will go into excess mode again and give you more oil than you ever wanted. So find a good moisturizer that’s oil-free and light.
And even keep an eye out for aloe vera in your oil-free, water-based moisturizer! It has a naturally soothing effect on the skin which can tame oily skin from producing excess oil and causing even more skin problems.
#5. Use blotting paper
While blotting papers don’t necessarily treat acne or oily skin, they can certainly help to pull oil out from your pores. And let’s be real – that’s half the battle!
Using blotting papers throughout the day on oily skin can also make your skin appear less shiny. And medicated pads that include salicylic or glycolic acid can also help to cleanse pores as well.
So always keep a couple of these papers in your skincare bag. And maybe invest in a skincare bag if you don’t have one already!
#6. Indulge in a face mask
Using a facial mask – or even an AHA serum – is a great way to treat oily skin and give yourself a nice moment to relax and unwind. Clay masks are particularly beneficial for oily skin.
With minerals like smectite or bentonite, skin oil gets absorbed and sebum levels get reduced. Oh, and all without irritation! (Can we get a “woohoo!”)
Other ingredients to look out for in a face mask are honey and oatmeal. (Sounds like breakfast, we know.)
But honey may help to reduce acne and oily skin while keeping skin soft and smooth. And oatmeal helps to cleanse the skin while offering gentle antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
So if you’ve got oily skin, consider getting in line for breakfast. Because you’ll definitely want to replace more oil with something sweet and hearty in your skincare routine.
#7. Wear sunscreen to prevent acne breakouts
Okay, pretty much every skincare blog will tell you to wear sunscreen. But did you know that sunscreen can actually help to prevent acne breakouts too?
That’s right! Sunscreen with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide can not only protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
But they can also help to soothe oily skin and reduce the risk of breakouts. No, we’re not kidding.
#8. Choose oil-free, water-based products
This seems like a no-brainer, right? But we’ll say it again for the people in the back.
If you have oily skin already, maybe don’t apply products that are oil-based. Makes sense, right? Instead, opt for water-based products that can hydrate your skin.
And maybe even help you get rid of some excess oil in the process. Luckily, water-based products are not at all difficult to find.
Because, as you probably know, oily skin is a fairly common skin type too. So take the time to assess what skincare products you’re using and whether they’re actually helping you or not.
After all, it is the new year. It’s time to make some healthy and positive changes! You know, out with the old, in with the new! Amp up your skincare, it’s good for you!
Source : vivianewoodard.com
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