One of the most common problems when it comes to skin is oiliness. This may not pose a serious problem for some, but it can deeply affect one’s self esteem if it is not addressed properly. To help you understand more why your skin is oilier compared to others, we will discuss today important facts and information about oily skin and the skin care regimen that may help you control it.
Causes of oily skin
There are many possible causes of oiliness. The most common causes include, but not limited to the following:
Oily skin can be hereditary. If your parents have oily skin, there is a great chance that your skin type will be oily also.
Some products available in the market that can make the skin super oily or a combination of them can cause it, depending on the product ingredients. Always remember to use a product that suits your skin tone or else you could be unknowingly adding more oils to your skin.
The changing of the seasons can also have an effect on your skin. If the weather is very humid, the tendency is for the skin to produce more oil.
Birth control pills and hormone replacement medications can also increase the oil production in the skin.
Got stress? If you do the affects of it can affect the normal oil production in the skin.
Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, cleansing is very important to remove, not only the excess oil in the skin, but also dirt and impurities. Cleanse your skin two times a day, morning and before going to bed.
A soapy cleanser is usually recommended for your skin type. If you are still experimenting with different cleansers, track the results after a few weeks of using each product. This will help you choose the best cleanser that will address the needs of your skin.
After cleansing, you should use a good toner to remove the dirt that your cleanser failed to remove. The toner can also make your pores less pronounced. With toners, only apply it to the parts of your face that are oily. This will prevent you from developing dry patches in your face.
It seems to make sense that if your skin has a lot of oil you wouldn’t want to moisturize but that is incorrect. It is still really important to moisturize your skin. Instead of the creamy type or moisturizer which has more oils, choose a moisturizing serum because it is lighter.
You should also not forget to exfoliate your skin at least once a week. By doing so, you will be able to remove dead skin cells that can make your skin look dull which makes the oil on your skin show even more. Choose an exfoliant that is gentle enough for your skin and don’t exfoliate more often than once a week.
Include a good mask in your weekly regimen. Specifically, clay masks are great for people with oily skin.
Instead of using cold water during cleansing, lukewarm water is said to be more effective to get rid of excess oil.
Your diet should be well balanced. The bulk of your meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables. Also, avoid oily foods as much as possible. It will also be helpful if you will increase your intake of foods that are high in Vitamin A such as leafy green vegetables, carrots and sweet potatoes.
In most cases oily skin is mainly in younger people so this is something most people do grow out of as they age but in the meantime these tips can help make your skin both look and feel better.