How To Help; An Oily Face Without Using Harsh Ingredients
Before we dive into the situation, let’s find out what is oily skin?
Some people think they have oily skin, when in truth, they have combination skin—oily only in the T-zone, or the forehead, nose, and chin areas. Truly oily skin typically has the following characteristics:
- looks shiny or greasy everywhere
- appears thick and coarse
- has enlarged pores
- occasional breakouts
One way to test your skin to see if it is truly oily is to wash it in the morning with a gentle cleanser, pat it dry, avoid applying any make-up or lotion, and wait an hour or two. When you look in the mirror, if your face is shiny and covered in oil, you have oily skin. If your cheeks are dry but your forehead and nose are shiny, you have combination skin, which we’ll talk about in another post!
What causes Oily skin? Oily skin is usually caused by over-active sebaceous glands that produce excessive amounts of skin oil, called “sebum.” Typically it is hereditary, meaning that if one or both of your parents had oily skin, you may have it, too. In addition, exposing the skin to too many products that upset its own natural balance can also trigger the over-production of oil.
This is how to control oil on your face:
When looking for ways to help control your oil production, start with these basic steps.
- Wash only twice a day: Even though the oil crops back up within a couple hours, resist the urge to wash again. If you strip the oils too much, your skin will react by producing even more, which is definitely what you don’t want. If you wash off that excess oil more than that, use water alone.
- Use a dissolving cleanser: You want your cleanser to gently dissolve the oils and deeply clean at the same time. This helps remove dirt, excess oil, and impurities without harsh chemicals, and will help unclog pores. Use warm water, and massage the cleanser into your skin for at least one minute before rinsing off.
- Tone carefully: Again, the danger here is over-stripping your natural oils and causing a backfire in oil production. You want a toner that is gentle but effective.
- Balance the oils in your skin: This is critical in oily skin types, and the step that most people struggle with. You know the problem is too much oil, so you try to get rid of that oil, but oftentimes that means harsh products that just strip the skin, damage the outer layer and lead to increased oil production in the long run, as well as accelerated aging. Natural oils have an amazing ability to work with the body to balance the way your skin looks, which is why I’m so sold on them. You may think, “apply oils to oily skin?” But just try it—you’ll be amazed at the results, I’m sure.
Now you’ve got your daily routine down, it’s time to add in a few extra steps that will improve the appearance and behavior of your skin.
- Use a mask 2-3 times a week: Masks help reduce the oily appearance on the face for days at a time. Plus they can help pores appear smaller.
- Exfoliate 2-3 times a week: Just be careful not to over-exfoliate, because that can cause skin damage and may encourage your skin you produce more oil.
- Consider your diet: Foods high in fats, sugars, and unhealthy oils can cause a negative reaction in your skin. Choose healthy fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, and cut down on sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Use a light moisturizer: It can be a little counter-intuitive, but using a light moisturizer with infused ingredients that cleanse can help your skin balance out its own oils overtime so that you don’t stay so oily.
- Remember sun protection. No matter what kind of skin you have, you need to protect it from the sun, which is enemy #1 when it comes to aging!
Do you have oily skin? How do you cope? Share your wisdom in the comments below for it will be highly needed and appreciated.