Oily skin can be a complete annoyance, leaving your skin looking dirty and shiny. Make up disappears, and infections are more prone. So how do you look after it? Here’s some handy tips from NetDoctor on what to do when you have oily, greasy skin.
Make sure you moisturise
Although the skin is overproducing grease it still requires hydration to maintain a healthy skin barrier. Many anti-acne products dry out skin so it is important to rehydrate the skin to prevent it from producing more sebum to combat the dryness. Avoid heavy moisturisers and opt for oil free creams or serums instead.
Exfoliate but don’t over-do it
Exfoliation encourages healthy skin turnover. It also helps to remove surface dead skin cells and prevent blocking of pores but again being overaggressive with exfoliation can leave your skin sensitive but can also cause a breakout.
Treat your skin
Using a retinoid (vitamin A) based product at night and have regular light chemical peels (e.g. glycolic acid, lactic acid or salicylic acid peels). These can reduce the oiliness of the skin and prevent breakouts of acne.
Carefully select your make-up
Avoid heavy foundations and look for key words like matt-effect, oil-free and non-comedogenic when choosing your makeup. Oil control blotting paper or pads can be helpful on-the-go for those greasy areas that break through in the middle of the day.
Watch your diet
Cutting out refined sugars, highly processed foods and saturated fats can help in some individuals to reduce sebum production.
Guinot Microbiotic — Shine Control Toning Lotion 500ml /w Pump is ideal for treating all types of oily skin. The Microbiotic Lotion protects the skin all day long by controlling microbial flora through the Sebocidine complex. Stabilises sebum secretion, tightens pores, and neutralises shine.
- Sebocidine Complex: A complex of active ingredients which is the result of research carried out by Guinot, this complex regulates sebum secretion and purifies by means of an anti-microbial action.