How to Avoid Oily Skin

There’s a huge difference between oily skin and glowing skin. Oily skin is a big problem for many people. Not only do some consider it unsightly, but it can also increase your risk of getting pimples. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can reduce the oiliness of your skin. The first step on the road to recovery is finding out the reason for the increased production of oil. Typically, oily skin is shiny and greasy to the touch, especially in the T-zone, which includes your forehead, nose and chin. 

Here are some top skincare steps to add to your daily regimen to reduce the overproduction of oil.

Top Skincare Steps to Take to Avoid Oily Skin

Moisturize and Hydrate Your Face

If your skin is oily, it may seem like moisturizing it is the opposite of what you’d want to do. Your skin is already moist due to the oil. However, oftentimes, this excess moisture occurs because your body is compensating for dry skin. Regularly moisturizing your face with a light moisturizer can help regulate the moisture in your skin so that your body does not produce excess oil.

In addition, be sure to choose a lightweight moisturizer containing natural remedies, which have astringent and antibacterial properties. Look for non-comedogenic formulas that won't clog pores, which can be a concern for those with overactive sebum glands.

Proper Face Washing and Cleansing

Regularly washing your face can greatly improve oily skin. Avoid using a harsh wash rag as it may irritate your skin and contribute to oil production. Thoroughly clean your hands, then use them to gently wipe your face with water. If you use a face wash, make sure that it does not contain any alcohol. You should also be sure to avoid washing too frequently as it can dry out your skin and increase oil production. Washing your face two to three times a day should suffice.

Keep Your Hands Off - Stop Touching Your Face

Having oily skin does make you more acne-prone because sebum is a key instigator of breakouts. When blackheads or blemishes take over your complexion, it's easy to want to pick or squeeze them out of frustration. This is not a good idea. Your hands are one of the dirtiest parts of your body. If you frequently touch your face, you are spreading oil to it from your hands. You are also spreading bacteria which can worsen any existing acne. So, avoid touching your face, and you should also wash your hands frequently to make sure that they are clean if you do happen to touch your face.

Eat the Right Fats

Certain types of oils, like fish oils [which are high in omega-3 fatty acids] have been shown to help reduce acne, because they have anti-inflammatory properties. 

On the other hand, dairy products, sugary foods and processed carbohydrates like muffins, bread and pasta have been linked to worse acne breakouts. It is also suggested to avoid these trigger foods, and to eat frequent small meals to keep your blood sugar stable, which will help reduce oil production and clogged pores.

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