If you have oily skin and think you've tried it all, the very solution you're looking for could have exacerbated the problem. Thing is, your skin could use a break from all of those ingredients you've been piling up in the hopes of getting rid of excess oil. In fact, it might be causing skin irritation, which in turn could lead to further skin problems. To get your skin back to its brighter and healthier glory, follow this straightforward regimen instead.
Cleanse the Right Way
The first thing you need to remember is that oil is not your enemy. If you're arming yourself with an arsenal of cleansers and going after your oily skin vigorously like there's no tomorrow, you just might provide the trigger for your skin to produce more oil.
It's important to keep in mind that the underlying causes of oily skin are chiefly genetics and hormones. So by trying to dry out your skin with armaments of facial cleansers that strip out its natural oils, it will just fight back by producing more oil. And though those cleansers may help reduce your skin's oiliness initially, the wrong kind will worsen the problem in the long run. Key offenders are ingredients like alcohol and sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate.
A better approach then is to use a gentle cleanser that will remove impurities, excess oil and makeup without drying out your face. Use lukewarm water when washing your face and pat dry afterward. You could also double cleanse by using a toner, particularly if you have been wearing heavy makeup. Plant-based toners that balance out your skin's natural pH are good choices.
When your skin produces excessive sebum -- otherwise known as skin oils, this may cause clogged pores and acne. For some this creates a sheen on the skin, while others experience blemishes from oil buildup. Skin needs to be balanced in order to minimize oil production without drying out. Exfoliating regularly prevents this from happening. However, it is also important to make sure that you don't over exfoliate as this may lead to dry skin, which triggers your sebaceous glands to secrete more oil, aggravating the problem.
Clay facial masks are known as the gentlest means of exfoliating the skin. Specifically, ingredients that make for excellent exfoliators are kaolin and bentonite clay, as well as charcoal. Charcoal is great at absorbing excess oil. Kaolin and bentonite clay gently rid the skin of impurities that may clog the pores and they're also rich in minerals that can help in achieving healthier skin.
Moisturize to Protect Your Skin
You might think that your skin is too oily to need moisturizer but this is just a common myth. Everyone, regardless of skin type, could use a good moisturizer to help hydrate the skin. This is particularly important if you're using acne treatments like benzoyl peroxide and Retin-A. These treatments can cause drying and flaking skin. An excellent moisturizer is your best defense as it protects the skin from dehydration by slowing down the evaporation of water from the epidermal layer of the skin.
For your case, you have to choose a moisturizer that's oil-free and feels light on your face. Apply it when your face is a bit damp to seal in some of the moisture. Steer clear from products that are predominantly made of occlusive emollients like lanolin, paraffin, beeswax and mineral oil as they can be extremely greasy and can cause skin problems like folliculitis and acne, especially if you have oily skin.
Assessing your skin care regimen is the first step to addressing the problem of having oily skin. As a rule of thumb, avoid harsh, drying and emollient products that feel greasy and heavy on your skin. Instead go for skin care products that are gentle and feather light.