There is no question having oily skin is a pain and treating oily skin can be confusing and frustrating. While you may never have the itch and dryness associated with dry skin, the constant shine is the tell-tale sign of oily skin and it’s just as annoying. There are many factors that cause oily skin, but if you find you have that constant shine, it’s most likely due to your over-active sebaceous glands.
Understanding Techniques in Treating Oily Skin
When your sebaceous glands are overactive, they produce excess sebum, an oily secretion, which in turn creates a shiny, greasy look to your skin. The excess sebum can lead to blackheads, acne, whiteheads, enlarged pores and many other unwanted complexion issues. On top of this, diet and pollution can further complicate your complexion by producing comedones or small skin bumps.
The great news is all is not lost and there is a very manageable way to get your oily skin under control and eliminate that skinny, greasy look. With some skincare routine changes, consistency in using them you can very easily get your oily skin under control and actually learn to love the skin condition you were born with.
Yes, we said to love your oily skin condition! In case you didn’t know, oily skin is much less prone to wrinkles than any other skin type. This is due to the fact the natural oils your skin produces traps in moisture within the epidermis, the outermost part of your skin.
With that being said, let’s get down to business and control your complexion.
Cleanse Your Skin
The first step in treating oily skin is keeping your skin clean is the number one way to keep the excess oil in check. Most dermatologists recommend individuals with oily skin to wash their face at least twice a day. This will remove any accumulated dirt and oil which has built up and keep your pores clean and stop any acne before it starts.
There are many cleansers on the market and not all are well suited for oily skin. First, you will want to make sure the cleanser you select is oil-free and is a foaming cleanser. Next, you will want to make sure your cleanser has the ability to deep clean your skin but not be harsh on your skin. You want to cleanse your skin not strip it of all oils.
A recommended deep cleaning, a pH-balanced cleanser is the Skindulgence Cleanser. It is gentle enough to use multiple times a day, yet strong enough and thorough enough to deep clean your pores.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Even with cleaning your face twice daily, you will want to exfoliate your skin at least once, if not twice per week. There are many benefits to exfoliating your skin, but the main benefit is the deep clean it provides your skin. The excess sebum produced leads to dead skin cells on the surface of your skin resulting in acne and break-outs, plus can leave your skin looking dull even when clean. In our experience, exfoliation is the one-step always overlooked in treating oily skin.
Exfoliating your skin removes the dead skin cells, promotes healthy skin and leaves your skin looking young and vibrant. Exfoliating can be done with a scrub or using a product like the Skindulgence Firming Facial System. Through the hardening mask, the product exfoliates your skin while giving it a workout. The result after just 30 minutes is tighter and toner skin, that looks and feels fresh and clean.
Weekly Face Masks
Even though your skin does produce excess sebum, it still requires vitamins and minerals to sustain being healthy and looking it’s best. A great routine to get into is giving yourself a weekly facial. After cleansing your skin both with a cleaner and exfoliant, have a facial to replenish what your skin may have lost over the course of a week.
We recommend the Skindulgence BioCell Mask for this step as it contains cellulose technology providing your skin exactly what it needs to remain healthy and vibrant. In addition to this, it works extremely well with the Skindulgence Facelift as the skin is prepared and ready to receive the nutrients from the BioCell Mask.
Use of Alcohol-Free Toner
This simple step is a great way to control excess oil and banish dirt from your skin. There are many types of toners you can use on a daily basis. Skincare with rose water acts as a very good toner, as do most alcohol-free drugstore brands.
As we mentioned earlier your skin needs nutrients, minerals and hydration to stay healthy. Stripping the skin of moisture will only further encourage the sebaceous glands to produce more oil to compensate. Use an oil-free, non-comedogenic, water-based moisturizer.
Always Use Sunscreen
The last item in our tips for treating oily skin is applicable to all types of skin. The problem with oily skin is there is always the fear of looking greasy, and it has scared many people away from consistently using sunscreen. This fear, however, creates much worse effects in the long run than looking greasy. The end result is brown spots, a.k.a. sun spots, pigmentation and freckles resulting from sun exposure.
Instead of skipping the sunscreen, choose one that is right for your skin type. Gel-based sunscreens are the best suited for oily skin. They will not leave your face looking greasy and they will provide you with the needed sun protection.