Got oily skin? It’s a tricky skin type that needs careful attention. But with the right approach, you can have conquer your sebum control — you just need to read these tips from NetDoctor.
1. Master your skincare routine
Wash your face twice a day, in the morning and evening only and ensure all makeup is removed before going to bed. Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acid in face washes can help to cut through grease but also effectively unclogs the pores and ensures a deep cleanse. Oily skin has nothing to do with poor hygiene so washing more frequently is not necessary and if anything doing this can dry out your skin too much and actually trigger even more sebum production. Toners are not a necessity. In fact, many toners contain alcohols which can damage the barrier function of the skin making it more sensitive and irritated.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Carefully select your make-up
Avoid heavy foundations and look for keywords like matte-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.
6. Watch your diet
Cutting out refined sugars, highly processed foods and saturated fats can help in some individuals to reduce sebum production.
7. Invest in a specially formulated product
After cleansing and toning, apply to the face and other affected areas using light, circular movements.
- Liquorice root has soothing and cooling properties.
- Oak moss extracts is a clarifying antiseptic.
- Algae extract moisturises the skin.
- Essential oils- lemon, lavender, palmarosa.