While we all aim to achieve glowing, dewy skin, people fighting oily skin are actually looking for some help in toning the shine down. The reason is that while dewy skin looks healthy and supple, oily skin can look a bit, well, shiny.
Benefits of Oily Skin
The great news for people with oily skin is that you already have some benefits when it comes to aging. That oil is like nature’s way to preserve your skin, which means you will have fewer wrinkles than people with dry skin. You also get a boost in natural protection from both the sun and environment (think wind and pollution) since oily skin tends to be thicker.
Problems With Oily Skin
The downside? Oily skin tends to create more clogged pores and acne breakouts without the right skin care routine. Because of this, taking great care of your skin on a consistent basis is really important. Skip a good cleaning and your face may wind up looking more greasy than glowing.
The secret is to find a way to keep your skin’s natural moisture while also balancing out the excess oil.
What Causes Oily Skin
According to Medical News Today, “oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands in the skin make too much sebum. Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that protects and hydrates the skin.”
This can be caused by health or environmental factors. For example, fluctuating hormones or a humid environment. Whether you are experiencing excess production of oil from genetics or stress, there are ways to address it.
Dos and Don’ts To Combat Oily Skin
DON’T skip washing your skin. If your skin is oily, you’ll need to wash it every morning, every night, and probably right after exercising.
DON’T scrub too hard while washing. Even if it seems like a good idea, it isn’t. Harsh scrubbing causes irritation for your skin which can create even more problems.
DO use a gentle, foaming cleanser. Look for products that are oil free and noncomedogenic. These won’t clog your pores and are mild enough for frequent use.
DO moisturize. We know it feels counterintuitive to add this, we promise that hydrating your skin will actually help manage its overall oil production.
DO use blotting papers throughout the day as needed to soak up extra oil between washes.
DON’T forget to love the skin you are in!
We believe healthy skin helps everyone feel more confident about their appearance. If you want to know how to get your skin at its very best, contact us today and let one of our experienced skin technicians work with you to create the right plan for your needs!