Mary has written several beauty articles and often provides personally tested tips in addition to those she researches.
Having and maintaining oily skin is no easy feat. I can imagine that most of the time, you do not always love the skin nature blessed you with. I mean, why all this grease? I can relate, totally. There’s an upside to having oily skin though- your skin is less prone to getting wrinkled, unlike dry skin types.
Regardless, oily skin and the acne breakouts that seem like an attendant partner can be very frustrating. With tons of skincare advice and routines here and there, it might be pretty difficult to truly know what to do, and most importantly, what works. However, there’s just one truth, and here it is: if you are able to work out the right care routine for your skin, your acne breakouts will improve tremendously, and you’ll most definitely love your skin.
That’s why I put this piece together. For you. Consistently follow these tips, and say bye to acne and oily skin.
1. Wash your face, at least twice daily
If you have oily skin, one of the best favors you can do your face is to wash it regularly, preferably in the mornings and at night, before bed. I also understand that you could be tempted into washing your face more often than you actually need to in a bid to get rid of the excess oil.
Take a chill pill, it’s your skin, not a frying pan. By over-cleansing, you irritate your skin. Acne isn’t caused by having a dirty or oily face. Hence, over-washing won’t solve the breakout problem. Rather than wash too often, ensure that you wash twice daily as well as cleanse after a sweaty event.
2. Make use of products that are oil-free or water-based
Battling oily skin and acne is no joke. It is important that you pay rapt attention to the products that go onto your skin, so as not to make things worse than they already might be.
While shopping for creams, lotions, soaps, makeup, etc., ensure you look out for either “oil-free” or “water-based” on the labels. You can also purchase products tagged “non-comedogenic” as they have fewer tendencies of causing a blockage in your pores.
Products like these are available across virtually all cosmetic items- foundations, sunscreens, moisturizers, etc. Even your regular acne medications now exist in gel forms. These medications include Retin-A, Onexon, and a host of others. If you feel like you might prefer this option, kindly speak with your dermatologist.
3. Avoid scrubbing your skin
It’s quite funny how those of us with oily skin think it’s so great to scrub at our skins. Not only can scrubbing become a very difficult habit to break, it actually won’t make your skin less oily, and neither will it reduce acne. So, why bother? With oily skin, it is important that you’re kind to your skin. Treat your skin like the prized possession that it is.
4. Exfoliate regularly
This is very similar to the point stated above. Exfoliating regularly does not mean you have to scrub away at your skin. It is completely unadvisable that you make use of a harsh exfoliator.
Rather, choose a gentle face wash or a scrub, and apply once a week if your skin is sensitive, and two to three times weekly, if your skin is on the hard side. You can also look out for products with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps in the removal of surface oils as well as oils present within the pores. Remember however that the intent is not to dry your skin up. Work with your dermatologist to choose products that are best suited for your skin type, and work out a routine to administer them as you should.
Most of us with oily skin tend to skip moisturizing as part of our beauty regimen. The logic almost makes sense though -- why moisturize when you already have so much oil going on, yeah?
Well, it doesn’t quite work that way. You see, one way to have great, healthy-looking skin is to use the right moisturizer for your skin. There are three major composites of moisturizers- humectants, occlusives, and emollients. Of all three, the best fit for oily skin are moisturizers with humectants like glycerine and emollients like vitamin E.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Mary Adeola Scott