Over-active sebaceous glands that produce excessive amounts of skin oil called ‘sebum’ are what causes an oily skin. The occurrence of oily skin is a natural process that you cannot stop which can also bring you advantages such as being less prone to wrinkles and other signs of ageing. However, if uncontrolled, an oily skin can cause problems such as clogged pores, shine and runny cosmetics. This can be mitigated and balanced by having a good skincare routine and being gentle with your skin.
Here are 7 simple ways to strike a balance between having too much oil and maintaining your skin’s natural moisture:
1. Use the right cleanser
Choose cleansers that can dissolve the oils and deeply clean your face at the same time. Cleansers containing salicylic acid not only exfoliates and eradicates pimple buildup but are also a good choice to fight excessive skin oil. Steer clear from oil-based or alcohol-based cleansers as these can irritate your skin.
2. Tone carefully
Go easy on the toner and use it once or twice a week at most. Overusing toner can lead to sensitive skin and strip your face off its natural oils which may cause a backfire in oil production. Toners can dehydrate the skin’s surface temporarily but could also cause irritations so choose one that is gentle but effective.
3. Stay hydrated
Whilst ensuring that you don’t skip on the moisturiser, choose only lightweight lotions or serums containing hyaluronic acid or glycerin instead of those with heavy-duty ingredients such as shea butter or coconut oil as they only clog pores on an oily skin.
4. Avoid washing your face too much
Your skin will tend to react by producing even more sebum if you strip the oils too much. Resist the urge to wash your face every couple of hours and only do so every morning, evening and after exercise.
5. Use ‘oil-free’ and ‘non-comedogenic’ skin care products
Skin care products such as cleansers, moisturisers and makeup labelled as ‘non-comedogenic’ means that they won’t clog your pores or cause acne. Opt for oil-free, water-based makeup and avoid using harsh products that can strip the skin, damage the outer layer and lead to increased oil production.
6. Consult a dermatologist early
If you can’t seem to minimise the excess oil in your skin with these basic self-care ways, see your dermatologist right away before it worsens and becomes even harder to treat.
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