Oily skin usually ruins a perfect day. If you struggle with the daily nuisance of a shiny face that resembles a frying pan, you know how difficult it is to get oily skin under control. Adding to your worries is the fact that that many of the products claiming to eliminate shine and reduce oil actually make matters worse as they contain ingredients that irritate your skin and trigger more oil production!
Our skin needs a certain amount of oil to keep it healthy, but often when there is an excess production of oil, it can lead to issues. Hormone levels, genetics, poor diet and even humidity are the biggest influences on the skin’s oil production. The best remedy for it is to keep the skin clean.
Simply follow a washing-toning-moisturizing regime. Wash the face with lukewarm water for it dissolves the oil more effectively than cold water and use soap. Unclog the pores by using astringents. Preferably use water-based moisturizer to prevent your skin from getting dry without adding oil on it. While you can’t fight biology or your genes, here are some steps you can take to keep excess oil under control.
Cleanse with a mild soap
Choose a mild, unscented soap to wash your skin. Soaps with harsh chemicals and strong scents can irritate the skin and stimulate oil production. It’s important to keep oily skin clean, but try not to overdo it.
Use toners sparingly
Toners are an effective way to control oil if used properly. Remember to apply the toner only to the oiliest areas of your skin, mostly the forehead, nose, and chin. Don’t get carried away as they tend to feel so refreshing on your skin.
Oily skin tends to have an extra-thick layer of built-up dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, along with a thickened pore lining. Exfoliating is the best way to remove that build up, reduce clogged pores and white bumps, while making skin feel smoother.
Apply a light moisturizer
It sounds a little crazy to apply moisturizer to oily skin, but you need to replace the moisture on your skin that gets removed during cleansing. The skin’s response to oil removal is to produce more oil, so it’s important to keep your skin’s moisture level balanced.
Always step out with sunscreen on
Even if you have oily skin, a sunscreen is essential for preventing wrinkles and reducing red marks. If you’ve avoided sunscreens because the ones you’ve tried are too greasy, go for an oil-free sunscreen with a minimum Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15.
Go for oil-free cosmetics
Look for the words-oil free and water-based on all skin-care products. If your skin is prone to breakouts, consider products with blemish control ingredients.
Drink plenty of fluids
Drinking water will detoxify your body and maintain your fluid balance. Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water a day to improve the appearance of your skin.
Always remove cosmetics before going to sleep
Never, ever go to sleep with makeup on. You risk clogging your pores and creating a haven for bacteria growth. Your skin needs time to breathe, especially when you are asleep and your body is in repair mode. No matter how tired you are, always cleanse the makeup off your skin before going to sleep. Follow up with a light moisturizer and a glass of water so you can wake up with glowing skin.
Try easy home remedies
Home remedies are considered to be better than synthetic cosmetic products for it has no serious side effects. You can treat your skin by cleansing using cold milk. Almond-honey paste can also be used on the skin for it is effective in removing oil and adding glow to it. Vinegar is very helpful in treating oily skin. Apply vinegar on the oily skin with a cotton ball. What’s more, they are affordable, easy to find, easy to make and you are certain about the quality of the ingredients that were used.
Despite the fact that home remedies are known to have less serious side effects, it is advised to get a skin test first before applying any product to avoid irritation and rashes, even natural ones. If the problem is severe, better fix an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as possible.First Published: Feb 29, 2012 at 7:43 AM