Another problem with oily skin is that it becomes prone to acne attacks, another troubling condition that can seriously deteriorate the quality of the skin’s appearance.
Thankfully, oily skin can be managed, by both men and women. Below, we will give you 5 great tips to control oily skin.
1. Cleanse, Cleanse and Cleanse!
One of the best ways to control oily skin is to cleanse it, quite often. However, you must understand that the type of cleansing technique that you use is also very important. Abrasive cleansing techniques will only make your skin produce more oil, producing counterproductive results.
The trick is to use oil based cleansers. Though it might sound contradicting, oil based cleansers actually do a great job of removing just enough oil, to give your skin a healthy look, without stripping too much of the oil out, triggering hyperactivity from the sebaceous glands that will then produce more and more oil.
2. Use weekly scrubs or masks
Just once or maybe twice a week, your oily skin will greatly benefit from the use of a mask or a scrub. When it comes to masks, clay masks can do wonders for your oily skin. When choosing a scrub, choose a scrub that is compatible with oily skin, one that won’t irritate or excite the pores.
3. Use a toner/astringent
Buy a toner or astringent that is free of alcohol. An alcohol free toner or astringent will not dry out your skin, thereby not triggering compensatory production of oil in the glands. If you want a natural toner, Aloe Vera juice is the best choice. If you can’t get Aloe Vera juice, you can go with gels or derivative products that use Aloe Vera as a primary ingredient.
4. Light moisturizing
A lot of women do not moisturize their oily skin, for fear of making their face look even oilier. However, the fact of the matter is that oily skin needs moisturizing as well. Shop for moisturizers that are very light in texture or weight. The moisturizer should specifically say that is suited for oily or very oily skin, depending on your skin type. You can also maybe consider buying one of those mist moisturizers that goes on very lightly. Avoid moisturizers that use an oil based formula, regardless of how light they are, as they are no good for oily skin.
5. Wear sunscreen
Once again, don’t refrain from protecting your oily skin, by wearing sunscreen, for fear of excess oil production. Even with sunscreens, there are special products that are made just for oily skin. Sunscreen that is compatible with oily skin will usually have a matte texture to it, a texture that won’t cake up and clog your pores, thereby allowing for safe wearing on oily skin.
Lastly, you must also know that your diet plays an important role in the amount of oil that your skin produces. Avoid junk foods, sugary foods and drink plenty of water and eat plenty of vegetables, if you want to minimize oil production from the inside of your body.