Many can agree they don’t enjoy skin that looks shiny and greasy. But sadly, that’s exactly what you get when you are prone to having oily skin.
The oil on your skin is called sebum. It is produced by the sebaceous glands and keeps your skin lubricated, moisturized, and nourished. As good as that sounds, some people’s skin can produce too much of this stuff. If your skin does this, you have oily skin. Much to your dismay, you may notice that your skin often gets rather oily and shiny, and looks dull and greasy.
Believe it or not, there’s a plus side to having oily skin. Sebum prevents the onset of wrinkles on the skin, so as much as you may dislike it, studies show that people with oily skin show signs of aging much later than people with dry skin. So at least you’ll get to look younger for longer!
That said, everyone knows that oily skin can be no fun at all. That’s why we have compiled this list of skin care tips for oily skin to help you out.
Cleanse your skin daily
One of the best and easiest ways to control excess oil on your skin is to cleanse it daily. Dirt and oil build up on your skin in the course of the day, clog up your pores, and cause acne. When you cleanse your skin two or three times a day, you get very little of this build-up.
Go for oil-free cleansers and face washes that are gel-based and foaming. Medicated soaps also work well. However, do not use strong cleansing facewashes or abrasive cleansing techniques as these will only strip your skin of its natural oils. The sebaceous glands will then respond by producing more oil, which is exactly the opposite of what you want.
Scrub, scrub, scrub!
Here is another essential skin care tip for oily skin: You need to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. When excess sebum produces, it sits on the surface of the skin for much longer than it is needed. Some of it will get trapped in your pores, where it will also trap dead skin cells and bacteria, then combine with them to form blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and acne.
When you scrub twice a week, you exfoliate it and eliminate a lot of dirt and dead skin. Exfoliating renews your skin surface and keeps all those nasty breakouts at bay. Just make sure you take it easy with the scrubbing; don’t do it too hard! Be gentle with your babe skin.
Watch what you eat
An oil-free diet will reduce the rate at which your skin produces sebum. That’s why fried foods, most processed foods, and sweetened sugar drinks are terrible for the skin. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, and try to add lots of kiwis and lemons to your daily intake to help balance your skin tone.
Tone daily for even better results
Toners control excess oil and shrink your skin pores. They also restore the skin’s pH, keeping germs at bay, and making your skin stay moisturized for longer. Here is a pro tip for you: some toners have alcohol in them. These can be over-drying and very irritative to sensitive skin, so go for milder, non-alcohol toners.
Do not forget to moisturize!
Most people think that when you have oily skin, you can forget about moisturizing. This couldn’t be further from the truth! The right moisturizer will make your skin look supple and hydrated instead of shiny and dull. That’s one of the keys to healthy skin. Go for an oil-free, water-based, and non-comedogenic moisturizer.