Even though your skin may age more slowly than other types, that’s little consolation when you’re dealing with acne, large pores and shine.
Find out what causes your oily skin and learn several basic tips how to combat the excess oil.
What is Oily Skin
Some people think they have oily skin, when they actually have combination skin—oily only in some areas like forehead, T-zone, chin and nose.
How do you know you have truly oily skin? Check if you experience the symptoms and characteristics of the skin type:
• Shiny or greasy surface (everywhere)
• Enlarged pores
• Occasional or often appearance of acne
An easy way to test your skin to see if it is oily is to use a gentle cleanser in the morning, pat dry your skin and retain form applying makeup or other products. Wait a couple of hours and look in the mirror - if your face is shiny, you have oily skin.
If your chin or cheeks are dry but your T-zone, forehead and/or nose are shiny, you have combination skin.
What Causes It?
Oily skin is the result of excess sebum production, which can be caused by different factors.
Typically it is influenced by genetics. This means that if one or both of your parents had oily skin, you may have it, too.
You can also turn your skin into oily if you use the wrong skin care products.
Some people treat combination skin as it is oily skin, and they might use too heavy creams, for example.
Another cause is overdoing your skin care routine.
Washing or exfoliating your face too often or too harshly will strip away too much of the oil from your skin.
Your sebaceous glands will see this as an emergency call and will start working harder, so they can produce enough oils to make up for the loss and restore the balance.
If You Have Oily Skin You May Also Experience These:
• Acne - When your skin produces too much oil, it starts to build up and clog the pores.
And 'thanks' to the shedding dead skin cells and acne bacteria, the oil hardens and pimples happen.
• Makeup doesn't stay in place - Are you familiar with this scenario: you leave for a party or dinner out, your makeup is perfectly set in place and fixed, you look stunning...
You arrive at the venue and go to the restroom, only to see that your makeup is already running down your face.. Annoying, I know.
• Shiny and greasy look - If we have curly hair, we spend hours straightening it. If we have straight hair, we wish it had more volume and curls.
Seems to be the same with the skin - those of us with dry patches wish for more glow and hydration, while those of use with oily want some mat...
Tips For Combating Excess Oil
Whatever the problems associated with your oily skin are, I have some solutions for you to try..
1. wash twice a day... and not more
If you have oily skin, do not skip the morning wash.
During the night, you sweat, and you produce natural oils. (This happens regardless of your skin type)
Not to mention the dead skin cells on your pillowcase, which can be transferred to the facial skin overnight.
Don't skip the evening wash either - makeup, dirt, pollutants, oil, oil, oil...
If you notice your face is covered in glow during the day, please resist the urge to wash it again.
As mentioned above, this will be an incentive for your skin to produce even more oils.
So don't go into this evil circle.. (same applies for the hair btw).
Tip: Don't put your face under the shower. The water will be too hot for your face - at least my choice of temperature is.
2. exfoliate 1-2 times a week
Help your skin dealing with the dead skin cells stuck in the pores. Because even if you experience oily skin but your pores aren't clogged, there is no need to worry about breaking out.
You can make your own face scrub, which I advice to use one to two times or week. Need an inspiration - check the recipes in my DIY Face Scrubs Guide here.
You can also use a konjac sponge - it is lightly abrasive, soft and 100% natural.
Konjac sponge can be used every as it is incredibly gentle and cleansing thoroughly at the same time (as long as you do not work it too harshly).
And again, be careful not to over-exfoliate, because this can cause a backfire in oil production.
3. use a mask 2-3 times a week
Masks help reduce the oily appearance for days at a time. They also clear pores in depth and shrink them.
Try my 3 Green Clay Masks recipes for clearer skin.
It uses green clay which does a great job to purify the skin, control oil production and tighten the pores.
4. avoid mineral oil in your cosmetics
Mineral oil is often added to skin care products and makeup.
It is a cheap ingredient that creates an illusive feeling for moisturizing.
When applied to the skin, it seals off the pores from air, water and anything trying to get in or out of the pores.
This means that excess oil and dead skin cells get trapped in the pores which leads to appearance of acne.
5. don't try to soak the excess oil in powder
Remember the scenario from earlier - you leave the house stunning and arrive at a venue with makeup running down your face?
What do you do?
You reach for your purse and sprinkle powder all over your face and you don't stop until is cakey enough..
This is not a good scenario either as the powder will block the skin from breathing and encourage it to pump more oil.
The solution - look out for a matte translucent powder and use it sparingly.
We are unique and there is no one-size-fit-all advice when it comes to skin care.
Start with deeming your skin type and make sure you use products (or ingredients to DIY products) suitable for your skin type.
Remember to wash twice a day, exfoliate regularly and treat yourself a relaxing mask 2-3 times a week.
Do you have oily skin? Share how you take care of it in the comments below.
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