Trying to treat oily skin can cause a lot of frustration, and many women afflicted with this condition often go for overly aggressive oily skin cleansers and mattifying treatments that fail to give expected results. The following are a few helpful tips on how to take care of this type of skin.
Understanding the Cause
The thickening of the uppermost layer of the skin causes pores to close up, prompting sebaceous glands to go into overdrive, producing more sebum than in normal skin. The result is usually a shiny, greasy epidermis. A common side effect of sebum accumulation is blackheads and pimples.
The condition stems from various causes ranging from genetics, a reaction to environmental elements, allergies and hormonal imbalances.
Cleansing Oily Skin
A common routine that many women suffering from this condition follow is washing their skin more often than usual to thoroughly cleanse it. However, this excessive washing exacerbates the problem by stimulating greater sebum production, as sebaceous glands attempt to rehydrate the skin.
As such, it is recommended that the cleansing is done twice a day just like for any other skin type. Mild soap, neutral pH washing creams and lukewarm water are recommended instead of aggressive cleansing products. The best cleanser for oily skin in this case is the Clean Slate Cream Cleanser.
Exfoliating Oily Skin
Exfoliating facial peels can be highly beneficial for oily skin, but this type of treatment should be undertaken no more than once per week. After using a cleanser for your oily skin, you can also use an exfoliating toner to keep skin smooth and oil production under control.
For those with oily skin, makeup often tends to fade or smudge, and so when buying, make sure that the foundation does not contain any additional oils. Transparent powders can also help because they act as a primer and absorb the grease without clogging up pores.
Taking care of oily skin becomes difficult, especially during the summer, when the heat rises. This is why having a good skincare routine in place throughout the year is essential for keeping oily skin shine-free.
A miracle weapon against pimples and blackheads is tea tree oil, which is also referred to as melaleuca oil. It has been proven to have antifungal and antimicrobial properties, and just a few drops mixed with skincare products and applied to affected areas improves skin health.
Facial masks are also highly recommended for oily skin. A combination of silica, white clay and zinc is especially good for tackling the problem. This skincare routine can be done once or twice a week.
When going to sleep, skin rejuvenation products such as Midnight Feast Night Cream with regenerative mineral rich SSC are recommended.
You cannot completely stop sebum production, but there is an upside to having oily skin: it ages well and people with this skin type are bound to get wrinkles much later in life.