Skincare Tips for Oily Skin
There’s a fine line between boasting a natural, glowy complexion and struggling to contain the greasy overtones on your face.
But, before we go into a well-deserved rant against genetics and sebaceous glands, let’s focus on the positives. Contrary to what you may believe, having oily skin isn’t all that bad. Unlike dry and sensitive skin, oily skin types enjoy some surprising benefits such as extra vitamin E production and increased resilience to wrinkles and fine lines.
Not too bad, right?
Of course, if not maintained properly, oily skin can also come across a few snags. Acne outbreaks, blackheads, and clogged pores are just a few issues you may encounter along the way.
So, how to strike just the right balance between glowy and greasy? How to emphasize that smooth complexion rather than those annoying pimple outbreaks?
All you need is a few carefully-picked products and a bit of patience. Once you check that off your list, make sure to follow these vital skincare tips for oily skin to get that natural and confident look you deserve.
Washing & Cleansing
Proper skincare begins with a good and thorough cleanse. Think of your face like a canvas – before you start painting the perfect look, you need to start with a blank and clean foundation. That being said, let’s check out some crucial washing tips for oily skin that should become a bedrock in your daily beauty routine.
- Wash Your Face Twice a Day
If you have oily skin, you’re probably inclined to wash your face multiple times during the day to rid your face from dirt, grime, and excess oil that have accumulated over time. While the reasoning is completely understandable, you should probably take it down a notch.
One of the biggest issues for people with oily skin is, in fact – overwashing. The optimal solution for washing your face is two to three times a day – tops! This also depends on other factors such as the environment you live in and the type of lifestyle you lead.
Your skin, just like your hair, produces natural oils to keep all the processes in your body running smoothly. Although your sebaceous glands may be overworking at times, if you strip your skin from its natural oils, it will try to compensate for this loss. This means that your body will start producing even more oil, making this whole ordeal counterproductive.
The best way to go about this is to wash your face once in the morning and once in the evening, before going to bed. This way your skin will be clean and hydrated and you can continue to combat the oil production on another front.
- Exfoliate at Least Once a Week
Every few days or so, you should take extra steps to remove dead skin cells, unclog the pores and prevent those nasty outbreaks. This is where exfoliating comes in.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when exfoliating oily skin. First, don’t exfoliate every day – you’ll be doing your skin disfavor. Another thing, equally important, is to choose a gentle exfoliator designed specifically for oily skin.
Look for products that contain salicylic acid. This organic acid is highly effective in breaking down skin debris and loosening skin cells. The process helps open up the pores while dissolving blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples.
The best thing about salicylic acid is that it’s oil-soluble, making it perfect for oily skin. It can penetrate deep into the pores, removing the excess oils while leaving your skin smooth and hydrated.
- Don’t Overscrub
While on the topic of exfoliation, it’s worth mentioning another common issue that’s often practiced during this beauty routine. Your exfoliating process probably frequently involves handy abrasive tools such as scrubs or gloves.
These facial scrubs are known to offer deep-tissue penetration, allowing you to shed the affected upper layers of the skin and reveal that smooth and radiant surface that was hidden underneath.
However, some professionals believe that over scrubbing your skin with such tools can cause micro-tears, making your skin more susceptible to damage and environmental pollutants. This doesn’t mean you should ditch the scrubs altogether, just that you should reevaluate your scrubbing techniques.
Instead of using harsh abrasives to sandpaper the dead cells way, opt for a more gentle solution in the form of softer scrubs made from microbeads or micro grains. Also, try to use tender, circular movements instead of fierce rubbing. This will allow you to remove all excess dirt and residues from your skin without inflicting any damage in the process.
- Use Gentle Foaming Cleansers
When talking about cleansing solutions, it’s best to rely on natural, organic products that contain specialized ingredients designed to tackle sebum overproduction.
Gentle soaps and warm water are your best ally in the battle against acne outbreaks. Skincare products that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, beta-hydroxy acid or benzoyl peroxide are known to be effective in treating moderate facial pimples, acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.
When choosing your products make sure to avoid those that contain harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, and colors as they can additionally damage the skin.
Contrary to what you may believe – moisturizer is not your enemy. The trick is to find a good product that works well with oily skin and of course, to keep those water levels up!
- Use Oil-Free Products
The best way to keep your skin hydrated but not overly greasy is to rely on oil-free moisturizers. Moisturizers usually come in two forms: oil-based and water-based. Because your skin naturally produces more oil than it should, the most ideal option would be to opt for a water-based product that’ll help lock-in moisture inside the skin, keeping it hydrated and smooth.
Avoid heavy creams and rich lotions at all costs. These types of products can’t be absorbed that easily and can potentially clog the pores and worsen your skin condition.
- Consider Your Water Intake
We said it once and we’ll say it again – water is your best friend. Keeping your body well-hydrated can help rid your body from built-up toxins that would eventually resurface on your skin. Consider adding more fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet as well, but try to stray away from fatty foods that contain too much oil.
Skincare is a two-way street – remember to tackle problems both inside and out.
Last, but certainly not least, you need to act as your skin’s guardian angel. That means protecting it from various dangers that lurk behind every corner. Here are a few tips on how to protect oily skin.
- Use an Astringent
If you’re not familiar with the term, astringents are chemicals that constrict body tissues. They’ve become increasingly popular among people with excessively oily skin as they help remove common irritants on the surface of the skin.
If you have acne-prone skin, an astringent should become a part of your daily skincare routine. Although these liquid formulas often contain alcohol, it’s best to avoid alcohol-based products as they can further irritate the skin and worsen the condition of acne.
When using an astringent, make sure to thoroughly wash and cleanse your skin with a suitable cleansing product. After your skin is completely dry, use a clean cotton pad, apply a small drop of astringent and dab the acne-affected areas.
After you apply the astringent, feel free to follow it up with a layer of light moisturizer or sunscreen. You can use this formula every day as a part of your morning or evening beauty routine.
- Use Anti-Acne Products
You’re probably already well-acquainted with a variety of over-the-counter anti-acne products. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to these skincare creams and lotions. The reason is quite simple – anti-acne products can contain different active ingredients, and it’s important to find out which one resonates best with your skin.
Most over-the-counter acne remedies contain one, or a combination, of the following ingredients:
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Salicylic acid
- Alpha hydroxy acids
The best way to select the right one for you is to..well..try them all. One at a time, of course. It also depends on your skin type and preferences, as well as the severity of your outbreaks. Try to experiment with different products until you find the one that works for you. And remember – be patient you have a long battle ahead of you.
- Use Oil-Free Makeup
It’s a common misconception that people with oily skin types need to ditch makeup altogether. You just need to find makeup products that cater to your specific needs.
One of the best ways to tackle this issue is to rely on oil-free makeup products to avoid those nasty greasy overtones. A primer and a foundation with a matte finish should always find a place in your makeup kit. Also, instead of using liquid blush, opt for a powdered version instead.
Another thing to keep in mind is that a good finishing powder can make all the difference. It can set the makeup in place and help you eliminate that greasy shine.
- Use Sunscreen
Oily skin or not, nobody is immune to sun damage. Using sunscreen can help fend off unwanted tans and sunspots, but also help you maintain a healthy and radiant complexion.
When choosing a sunscreen, opt for an oil-free, noncomedogenic product. These lotions will protect your skin, but won’t add extra oil nor clog the pores in the process. Also, pick a lightweight formula that’s easily absorbed into the skin, so it doesn’t feel too heavy on your face.