Although all skin produces oil, a truly oily skin type produces more than most. Excessive oiliness can be incredibly frustrating to deal with day in and day out.
Oily skin is hard to control because it’s something we’re born with, kicking in sometime in our teen years or randomly as we age. Having oily skin is the same as being born with the predisposition for having thick hair or how tall you will be; you can’t stop those things any more than you can stop oily skin.
Shiny, greasy look even though you cleansed it 2 hours ago; make-up seems to “slide,” or disappear right off your face; the more oily areas of your face have blackheads, white bumps, or acne; pores are visibly enlarged, especially on your nose, chin, and forehead.
The causes of oily skin vary from hormones and heredity to diet and dehydration. A large majority of people with oily skin are simply dehydrated.
Once you’ve determined that you have truly oily skin rather than just a dehydrated complexion, it’s time to select your skin care products. Remember, products that strip your skin only wind up causing more oil production in the long run.
Look for products that are meant to mattify the skin and soothe it in the process, rather than scrubbing with harsh cleansers and using astringent toners. Clearing up excess oil is important, but using products intended to balance oil rather than strip it are more effective at reducing oil production.
Cleanse – use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser twice daily. The cleanser should rinse without leaving a hint of residue, be fragrance free and not contain drying cleansing ingredients. (Drying up skin doesn’t help anything). For extra cleansing, avoid skin-aggravating scrubs or cleansing brushes with stiff bristles. A soft washcloth or cleansing brush with ultra-soft bristles can be helpful—being rough on your skin is not!
Tone – an alcohol-free toner loaded with antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients is an incredibly important step for oily skin. Toners that contain these ingredients help skin renew and recharge, minimise the appearance of enlarged pores, and remove the last traces of makeup that can lead to clogged pores. For some this can be the only “moisturiser” they need for daytime.
Exfoliate – Gentle Exfoliation is one of the most important skincare steps for oily skin. Oily skin tends to have an extra-thick coat of built-up dead skin on the surface, along with a thickened pore lining. Gently exfoliating is the only way to remove that build up and diminish clogged pores. It is also the best way to improve the look of stubborn, tiny, hard white bumps that occur primarily on your cheek bones but can show up in other areas too, even when related to milia-prone skin. The best exfoliating ingredient for oily skin is salicylic acid (BHA). Salicylic acid exfoliates not only the surface of your skin but also inside the pore lining, thus allowing oil to flow easily to the surface, so it doesn’t get backed up and plug the pore.
Hydration – choose a light but effective hydrator A Hydrating and skin-renewing gel or serum that is free of pore-clogging ingredients while giving your skin the essential antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients it needs to look as healthy and revived as possible.
Moisturiser – we suggest an oil free moisturiser. It is imperative that you moisturise even though you believe your skin doesn’t need it as it is already oily. Allowing your skin to dehydrate will only cause the production of more oil. An oil free moisturiser allows your skin to retain moisture and retard oil production.