For some of us who have oily skin, having shiny and greasy skin with breakouts here and there can be painfully annoying. There may even be some of us whose self-esteem is affected by this problem. It has not been proven, however, that oily food consumption is to blame, and that it is more probable that oily skin is more of hereditary.
Now that we got food out of the way, here are some do’s and don’ts for oily skin that might help you with this problem. We’re lucky to be in a time where there are many ways to manage this skin type. According to experts, here are some suggestions on how to treat oily skin.
What to Do:
- Wash your face with something that contains salicylic acid. Cleansers that contain salicylic acid are absorbed deep into the skin’s pores and do a great job in removing gunk that could clog the pores and lead to blackheads.
- Apply retinoid before bedtime. Retinoid products can decrease the production of oil in the skin and reduce blackheads. You can purchase retinoid as an over-the-counter product or prescription.
- Wear oil-free foundations and oil-free make-up. Use a foundation that is not oil-based or is oil-free to avoid a shinier finish. Oil-based foundations can also clog your pores. Use Mattifying foundations that are oil-free, or foundations that come in powder or cream form.
- Have a pack of blotting paper handy and use throughout the day. For women who like to wear makeup, it’s impractical to wash your face in the middle of the day when the temperature is highest. The good news is that dermatologists approve of blotting paper as a good substitute for when you need to get rid of that nasty oil build-up as the day goes on. It does the job of absorbing the excess oil on your face without drying out the area because blotting papers usually contain a small amount of powdery substance. If you don’t have blotting paper handy, a paper towel will do, although there’s a chance that it make make your makeup uneven because of the pinching and pressure applied to the skin.
What NOT to Do:
- Don’t use milk cleansers or cleansers that are creamy. These types of cleansers leave lipids and oils on the skin and can make the skin even oilier and shinier. It is more helpful to use glycolic cleansers or salicylic acid. Gentle liquid cleansers like Cetaphil can also be used on oily skin.
- Don’t moisturize, but you have to, choose a moisturizer that is 100% oil-free. An alternative to moisturizer is a gel or serum, and get something with anti-aging properties.
- Don’t rely on SPF powders because they don’t have enough SPF content even if it says otherwise on its label. You would need 15 times the amount of powder a person would typically wear to get enough UV protection using SPF powders.
- Don’t wash your face to frequently and too long. Oily skin is not caused by poor hygiene so doing some extra cleaning will do more harm than good. You may have excessively oily skin but the skin still needs its natural oils. Washing the face too frequently will remove these necessary oils from the skin thus removing your shield from a lot of pollutants and irritants. This can also cause your face to feel raw and look reddish. Washing twice a day is the maximum recommended number of times you should wash your face and for the rest of the day, just use blotting paper.
Do you have oily skin? How do you manage it? Have you tried any of the do’s above? If you have more tips, let us know in the comments!
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