The sheen of oily skin feels unattractive and detracts from the fresh look many of us prefer. Why does our skin get so oily? Unfortunately, genetics is the primary cause and there’s not much we can do about that. Hormonal ups and downs, stress and humid weather can increase the oil your skin produces. Also, heavy makeup can trap oil and trigger acne problems. Touching your skin with fingers or cell phone also make the problem worse. After all, oil plays a role in keeping skin healthy and supple. The problem arises when there’s too much of a good thing – as excess oil leads to acne and other blemishes. We’ve got a few tips for oily skin to help you achieve a balance.
- DO wash your face every morning, evening, and after exercise. While washing, resist the temptation to scrub your skin – even to remove makeup. Scrubbing irritates your skin, which can make it look worse.
- DO choose skin care products that are labeled as “oil-free” and noncomedogenic.” This means that products that have these labels – including cleansers, moisturizers, and makeup – won’t clog your pores or cause acne.
- DO use a gentle, foaming face wash. Many people believe that they need to use a strong face wash for oily skin in order to dry out their skin. However, using a face wash is too harsh can irritate your skin and trigger increased oil production. Instead, look for a mild, gentle face wash.
- DON’T use oil-based or alcohol-based cleaners. They can irritate your skin.
- DO apply moisturizer daily. Although you have oily skin, it is still important to apply moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. To save time and protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, look for a moisturizer that also contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- DO wear sunscreens outdoors. Sunscreen helps prevent sun damage that could lead to wrinkles, age spots, and even cancer. To prevent acne breakouts, look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and do not use sunscreens that contain fragrance or oils.
- DO choose oil-free, water-based makeup.
- DON’T sleep in your makeup. Always remove all makeup before going to sleep.
- DO use blotting papers throughout the day. Gently press the paper against your face and leave it on for a few seconds to absorb the oil. Don’t rub the paper on your face, as this will spread the oil to other areas.
- DON’T touch your face throughout the day. Although it’s tempting to touch your face, doing so can spread dirt, oil, and bacteria from your hands to your face. Only touch your face when you’re cleansing, moisturizing or applying sunscreen or makeup, and make sure your hands are clean first.
Every person’s skin is different, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to skincare. If you are concerned about the amount of oil your skin is producing or if you’re struggling with blackheads or acne, make an appointment with us! Lasting Impression Medical Aesthetics