When it comes to makeup and skincare, oily skin is an issue many people struggle with daily. Whether you have acne, frequent breakouts or oily skin that shines and appears greasy, oily skin can be frustrating and make you feel unattractive.
If you’re dealing with oily skin, there are a few steps you can take to help eliminate it. But before trying all the best products and tricks, it’s essential to understand why your skin is oily in the first place.
Dr. Dendy Engelman, a board-certified dermatologist, believes the root cause of oily skin is excessive sebum production from your glands.
Sebum production in your skin is affected by several factors, including genetics, diet and stress. Excess sebum can clog pores and cause blemishes which give off an unsightly shine.
Dr. Mariwalla recommends washing your face twice daily with a cleanser that is non-comedogenic, irritant-free, and does not contain alcohol or harsh ingredients like menthol. You may also use a gentle toner to complete the cleansing process and get deep into your pores for additional pore clearing benefits.
If your skin is prone to breakouts, look for skincare products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as these ingredients help reduce oil production in the skin. This will prevent blemishes from occurring and keep your complexion looking healthy and clear.
You could also try using a DIY mask once or twice a week to help remove excess sebum that clogs your pores and causes oily skin. For instance, you could try a tomato-oats mask which will gently resurface your skin without leaving it feeling dry.
Another viable solution is using blotting papers, which are thin paper sheets that absorb excess oil to help control shine on skin. They’re cost-effective and easily available over the counter.
The great thing about oil blotting sheets is they can be used on your entire face or just those areas exhibiting oiliness. Plus, you don’t have to stop wearing makeup while applying them – perfect for on-the-go blotting!
In addition to washing your face twice daily, it’s wise to cleanse at night in order to prevent oil buildup during the day. Doing this will extend the longevity of your makeup as well.
Moisturizing your skin daily is a wise idea to help lock in moisture already present on your face, so that excess oil won’t escape during the day.
To keep your skin hydrated and your makeup in place, apply an oil-free moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin, opt for a lighter formula to ensure maximum comfort.
Additionally, avoid dairy, sugar, and processed foods as these can increase oil production. Eating a balanced diet is important for keeping your skin happy and healthy.