Oily Skin Beauty Tips


Do you have oily skin? If you do, there will be certain indications.

For instance, people with oily skin generally have a shiny T-zone, enlarged pores, pimples and blackheads. You may also notice that your skin looks duller than it should.

If you have oily skin, it means that your sebaceous glands are somewhat overactive. Sebaceous glands are important when it comes to keeping your skin healthy. The sebum or oil released by the sebaceous gland helps keep your skin firm and moisturized. 

However, when the sebaceous glands are overactive, the excess sebum causes your skin to feel greasy. Oily skin also attracts dirt and dust, that’s why it’s prone to pimples and blackheads.

Fortunately, there is a great deal you can do to combat the problem of oily skin.

Oily Skin Beauty Tips

Your Diet

You may have heard people say that oily skin is caused by eating greasy and fattening food, but that’s a misnomer. Nevertheless, eating a diet rich in whole organic foods can do much to improve the condition of your skin from the inside out.

Kiwi fruit, lemons, nuts, whole grains and beans are thought to be particularly good for the treatment of oily skin.

Gentle Cleanser

People with oily skin often make the mistake of investing in a harsh cleanser that removes all of the oil. If your cleanser strips your skin of oil and dries it out, your sebaceous glands will react by producing even more sebum. Thus harsh cleansers can make the problem of oily skin worse. Using ordinary soap can also cause your skin to become even oilier.

If you’ve got oily skin, it’s important to invest in a mild cleanser. You don’t have to spend a fortune on your skin cleanser. The gentle cleansers available in drug stores work just as well as the expensive products high-end department stores sell.

Once you have purchased your cleanser, you only need to use it twice a day. Avoid washing your face more often than that.

Toner

Toner is only really necessary for people who happen to have oily skin. It removes any excess dirt and debris your cleanser may have missed, and reduces the size of your pores.

However, you should never use a toner that contains alcohol because it will dry your skin out too much.  It’s better to use a toner that contains acetone.

Don’t Skip the Moisturizer

Some people with oily skin seem to think they don’t have to moisturize, but that simply isn’t true. Even oily skin needs hydration.  Nonetheless, you shouldn’t use a rich oily moisturizer. Instead, look for a light moisturizer or serum that doesn’t contain any wax or oil.

Having oily skin doesn’t mean that you can skip the sunscreen in spring and summer. However, you don’t have to layer your skin with a separate sunscreen and moisturizer. You can choose a light oil-free moisturizer with a high SPF, or a sunscreen with moisturizing properties.

Exfoliating & Microdermabrasion

If you have oily skin, you may wish to exfoliate it once or twice per week. Regular exfoliation can help clean out the pores and remove dead surface cells.

If you want to exfoliate your skin, choose a gentle exfoliator. You should avoid scrubbing your skin too hard when you exfoliate. Don’t exfoliate your skin if you have acne pimples because it can make them take longer to heal.

If you can afford it, you may wish to consider microdermabrasion treatments to help with your oily skin. Microdermabrasion removes the top keratin layer of skin. Thus it reduces the size of your pores and rejuvenates your skin. It can also diminish the appearance of acne scars and blemishes.

Clay Face Masks

Using a clay face mask once a week can help to eliminate oily skin. Clay masks remove dirt and impurities, and shrink your pores. Do not use a clay face mask more often than once per week.

Using a clay face mask too often dries the skin out, and the sebaceous glands compensate by releasing even more sebum.

Things to Avoid

If you have oily skin, there are certain things you should try to avoid.

  • For instance, you need to make sure the water you use to wash is not too cold or excessively hot. Cold water does not remove dirt and oil. Water that is overly hot strips away too much moisture.
  • You should avoid heat and humidity if you have oily skin because sweating only exacerbates the problem. 
  • Cigarette smoking is also thought to make oily skin even worse.

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