Thursday, 20 July 2017

Managing your Oily Skin

You have heard all about different types of skin. Let us see what type is yours. Are you feeling greasy on your face a few hours after washing? Are you sensing a buildup of oil in your ‘T-zone’ (forehead-nose-chin area) between noon and 5 pm? If your answer is ‘yes’, then you can be sure yours is oily skin.

Technically, oil on your face is called sebum. Oily skin is more prone to develop blackheads, pimples and other blemishes. You may also develop enlarged pores.

Hormonal imbalances or puberty might make your oil glands go on an overdrive. Anxiety, heat or excessive humidity could be other factors that lead to increased production of sebum. Here are some easy-to-follow guidelines to manage effectively your oily skin.

Use the right cleanser

Clean your face with a gentle cleanser or mild soap morning and night but not more than twice a day. You may also wash it after you have sweated profusely. Use warm water so as not to irritate your skin. Do not scrub hard with a washcloth or buf-puf; you would only stimulate more oil production through harsh scrubbing.

Try products that include acids such as benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid and glycolic acid. Though they are typically sold as acne care products, they work well for those with oily skin only.

Look for the correct makeup

Preparing an oily skin is the first step to controlling oil. Go for an oil-free primer.

Choose oil-free products that last longer. Those that fit the bill are lightweight, creamy foundations that offer full matte coverage and do not budge the entire day. They let your skin breathe all day long.

Makeup solutions that come with the ingredient salicylic acid work well as oil absorbents. As for foundation, look for one that can be applied both wet and dry for a smooth and velvety finish. If they come with skin nourishing vitamins A and E, you cannot ask for more.

Look for noncomedogenic skin care and beauty products that would not clog pores. Toners may be used only on the oily areas of the skin, not rendering other parts of your facial skin patchy.

Some people with oily skin may not need a moisturizer for regular use, but sunscreen is still necessary to reduce exposure to UV rays. Do your study in the store, check product information and go for oil-free sunscreen.

Say ‘yes’ to good fats

Having oily skin does not mean you should totally shun fats. Fish oil high in omega 3 fatty acids is in fact good for acne-prone oily skin, as it comes with anti-inflammatory properties.

Go easy on healthy diet choices like salmon and mackerel, flaxseeds and walnuts that give you valuable amounts of omega 3 fats. Load up your plate with colorful veggies and fruits for a good supply of skin-friendly vitamins A and C.

Bid farewell to too many products

Using too many beauty products at a time is more damaging than what a few do. Before you zero in on the right product that works fine for your skin, explore options with patience. It is always best to buy a product in small quantity, and try it to see how well your skin reacts.

Hands off

Oily skin is a good cause for acne breakout. You would be most tempted to pick or pinch in a bid to get rid of acne quickly. It is however a bad practice; you would do more harm than good as your hands may harbor bacteria, leading to a more severe breakout. So, hands off your face!

Go easy on home remedies

Do not get carried away with easy-to-follow home fixes suggested by friends and family. You would be more inclined to pick up products from your pantry to keep skin dry. Excessive cleansing, scrubbing, or exfoliating can only damage your skin cells, leading to secretion of more oil. Doing less is just perfect.

Consult a medical aesthetic practitioner in time

If you think you have reached the dead end of all home remedies, and are full of misgivings with no clear solution in sight, it is best to consult a certified medical aesthetic practitioner for recommendation on the right regimen for your skin care.

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