Tips for Caring For Oily Skin

Tips for Caring For Oily Skin

The Truth About Oily Skin

Oily skin secretes excessive oil (sebum) that contains fats that form a film that helps keep moisture in the skin.

Often oily skins become clogged with debris and other matter resulting in blackheads, pimples, zits, bumps and dark spots.

It is a myth that oily skin needs a moisturizer.  While it is true that all skin types need a moisturizer, it is not true that all skin types need an ADDITIONAL moisturizer.   If your skin is very oily, you have a natural barrier that prevents moisture loss which is what moisturizers do.

What Causes Problems for Oily Skin ?

Using skin care products that dry out the skin too much.   If oily skin becomes too dry, it will produce more oil.

Excessive Scrubbing or Rubbing stimulates and increases oil production.

Fatty Foods.  The oil or fat comes through the pores making oily skin worse.

Using a moisturizer when your skin is already too oily.

Using a skin care regimen that is designed for dry skin when your skin is oily but feels dry eriodically due to climate changes.

Poor diet, stress, hormones.

Tips for Caring for Oily Skin

One of the best things you can do for oily skin is first determine whether or not you have somewhat oily skin or very oily skin and care for it properly. 

Tips for Caring For Oily Skin

Wash your face twice a day

Once in the morning and once before bed. Washing more often can strip your skin of  all the natural moisturizers and increase oil production. The only time you should wash your face more than twice a day is if you have been perspiring.

Use an oil free facial cleanser

Using an oil free facial cleanser can be great if you have dry skin, but such products can be a little too heavy for people with oily skin. An oil free facial cleanser such as vbeautĂ©’s facial cleanser can keep your skin clean without leaving behind residue that can clog your pores or weigh down already oily skin.

Avoid using cleansers that contains sulfates  and cause tightness immediately after cleansing as this will cause your skin to produce more oil than is necessary.   Instead use OIL CONTROL CLEANSER formulated with activated charcoal to help filter and purify the skin naturally without drying it out.  

Use a gel-based moisturizer

Oily skin can still be dehydrated, so you do need a moisturizer to prevent your skin from overcompensating by producing even more oil. Cream based moisturizers are however too heavy for oily skin, so use a gel moisturizer such as Dermalogica’s Barrier Repair that’s light enough to keep your skin breathing all day.

Don’t use scrubs

Try to minimize your use of facial scrubs as they can stimulate your skin into producing more oil. You can exfoliate once a week to remove oil and dirt buildup in your pores, but avoid the use of products such as daily facial scrubs.

And never  wash your face with hot water.

Light steaming of not more than once per week would be beneficial especially if done at night along with your evening regimen. 

  • Develop good skin care regimen for oily skin. 
  • Eat a Diet High in Antioxidants and Essential Fatty Acids
  • Avoid fatty foods
  • Drink Plenty of Water
  • Consume Caffeine in Moderation
  • Exercise
  • Change your skin care regimen when the weather changes, if necessary.
  • Make sure you to read leaflet that comes with medication to see if and how that medication affects your skin

Oily skin doesn’t have to be bad skin, but can be difficult to care for because of the specific needs of this skin type. The trick to keeping oily skin healthy is to not assume that what works for dry and normal skin will work for you, and to seek out products that actually improve the condition of your skin.