When it comes to skin care, dealing with an oily complexion is common problem. Those who suffer from excess oil have a higher risk of developing enlarged pores, an orange peel-like complexion, and frequent breakouts of spots.
Fortunately, by following a few simple rules, you can reduce these symptoms to give your face a smooth glowing appearance.
Tips for Dealing with Oily Skin
Use the right cleanser
Some people believe that using acne products can actually make the skin produce more oil, however as Jessica Wu, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California Medical School explains, “Your oil glands will produce the same amount of oil regardless of how you treat it on the outside.” Only change on a biological level could increase/decrease oil production – like a shift in hormones for example.Harsh cleansers strip the skin of its essential nutrients and oils that help the skin look healthy, so picking the strongest certainly isn’t the way to go.Try using a face wash that contains salicylic acid, which helps absorb oil for your morning wash, and a milder cleanser for second wash.
Many people with oily skin also chose not to use moisturizer because they believe it adds to the greasy complexion, but that isn’t completely true.Oily skin can still become dry and dehydrated, and omitting moisturizer from your daily cleansing routine only leaves your face exposed to the elements responsible for this – cold whether for example.Moisturizer offers a layer of protection for the skin, which reduces the risk of dryness and irritation. June Jacobs, founder of June Jacobs Spa Collection advises using a ‘lightweight moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid and natural remedies such as lemon-peel extract – which have astringent and antibacterial properties,’ and ‘non-comedogenic formulas that won’t clog pores — a concern for those with overactive sebum glands.’
Don’t touch your skin
Oily skin is more prone to breakouts of acne due to over active sebum glands. And when the skin develops blackheads and whiteheads, it can be easy to starting picking at them.This is perhaps the biggest ‘no-no’ since the fingers carry bacteria that increase the breakouts.Jacobs recommends using a toner after cleansing to help combat breakouts. Try to find a toner that has antibacterial and oil-absorbing properties. And check for ingredients like lactic, glycolic or salicylic acid, which help exfoliate your skin and keep pores clear.
Eat the right fats
Not all fat increases the oil production of the skin. In fact some fats, like the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, are actually good for the skin.So, while dairy products, and processed foods like muffins, bread and pasta have been linked to worse acne breakouts, other foods such as salmon, flax seed, walnuts and tofu have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the breakout of spots.
Stop using powder
Baby powder and make-up are often applied as way to cover up oily skin, but Wu advises putting the powder down and opting for blotting sheets to soak up excess oil:“Instead of dabbing your nose with powder, which can mix with your skin’s oils and turn it into a pasty mess, use blotting papers without powder for best results,”
Don’t over use products
Using a barrage of so-called ‘gentle cleansers’ is not good for the skin. Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine and GoodSkin Labs’ Global Consulting Dermatologist explains:“I see many people with oily skin who over-indulge in products because they want to dry the skin out, which causes it to become irritated…“Oily skin doesn’t mean it’s not sensitive skin, and using too many products with multiple ingredients could do more harm than good.”
Jarrod advises introducing one product at a time, and allowing time for your skin to adjust. Start with a salicylic-acid product and allow your skin to adjust before adding another ingredient like glycolic acid or a retinoid.
Dermatology Skin Care