Oily skinned gals (like me) are certainly aware of what havoc their condition can wreck on their skin. From getting acne, which btw isn’t just limited to our faces, to whiteheads and even the tendency for our makeup to slide off. But, like everything else in life, our skin types possess certain advantages too. In the aspect of fine lines or wrinkles, we’ve got it much better than others. Our over-active sebaceous glands act as a natural moisturiser. And so, even as we get older, our skin stays significantly more moister and smoother.
Keeping this in mind, there may be instances where it becomes necessary to control the oil production in one’s face. It then becomes a good idea to follow one or more of these tips.
Tip #1: Wash, tone and moisturise your face twice a day.
Some people also like to switch in for a mild cleansing water in the mornings. Try to use an alcohol-free toning solution and a light cream. Every one’s skin is different and it may take a bit of trial and error to figure out your routine. However, washing your face more than two times is definitely NOT adivisable. It’ll only dry out the skin and encourage more sebum secretion. Unless you’re sweating intensely after a workout session or sauna, stick to this guideline.
Tip #2: Replace your ordinary toner for a stronger astringent
If you’ve already been following the first step and see no improvements, then get this product. Purchasing a natural astringent such as apple cider vinegar is one option. Chemical drugstore toner with alcohols are often suitable as well. Initially, use these on alternate days and increase the frequency if needed.
Tip #3: Exfoliate at regular intervals
Whether its physical or chemical, exfoliating is absolutely necessary to get rid of the dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. People having oily skin may need to do it even more often for obvious reasons. But, doing it more than thrice a week is not recommended.
Tip #4: Use peel-off and/or clay masks
Unlike ordinary masks, these two types of masks are specially designed with keeping oily skin in mind. Look for reputable brands and words such as detoxing and unclogging. Clay masks absorb excess oil while peel-off ones remove all the dirt and grime built up in pores.
Tip #5: Dab your face with oil blotting sheets during the day
Despite taking several measures, sometimes you’re skin may just be a bit too oily. In that case, simply use one of these sheets on the concerned area.
Tip #6: Use special makeup products
Mattifying primers, oil-free foundations, loose finishing powders, drying setting spray, etc all come in this category. Substitute these items into your makeup collection and let your skin breathe!
I hope this guide helps you in battling with the never-ending problem of oily skin. Though, in extreme cases, it’s better to always visit a dermatologist beforehand. They can prescribe a strong medication, like oral pills or topical gel. Thanks for taking the time to read this post!