Do you have trouble managing oily skin? Learn more about this skin type and what you can do to manage the shine—read on!
In the last blog, we talked about skin care for normal skin. Up next in this series, we’ll be focusing on skin care for oily skin.
The first thing that you think of when we’re talking about oily skin is shine and excessive sebum production on your face, but the truth is this depends on the time of day and on your exposure to different environmental elements. People with oily skin will have enlarged pores, either a dull or a thick, shiny complexion, and blemishes such as pimples and blackheads.
According to dermatologists, you’ll be able to tell if you have oily skin by observing how it behaves after washing. You’ll feel like you already put on moisturizer within the hour after washing your face, and you’ll be needing to use blotting paper a lot. People with oily skin will also notice their makeup sliding off the face easily because of the excess oil.
Oily skin type is genetic—this means if your parents have oily skin, and your siblings have oily skin, chances are you inherited that skin type as well.
Because oily skin is genetic, there’s no permanent solution to it—but you can manage your sebum production effectively with the right ingredients. What you want to focus on is controlling the shine and the oil.
You’ll need to look at the right ingredients for this though (see next section). The good news is because your skin is oily, you have a higher tolerance for products that may irritate other skin types easily. The bad news is if you do your skin care routine wrong, you could be stripping your skin of too much oil, removing its protective layer and making your skin dry… which then triggers the production of more sebum. It’s a cycle that you need to stop.
People with oily skin benefit best from products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid penetrates deep into your pores and can break down oil, helping control your sebum. Benzoyl peroxide helps exfoliate the skin, breaking down dead skin cells and getting rid of sebum build-up in your pores along the way.
A simple four-step routine is a good start:
With the right ingredients and a healthy skin care routine, you’ll be able to control the shine and the acne breakouts because of your oily skin.
Make sure to check back for the next blog in this series! We’ll be talking about dry skin so stay tuned!