Oily skin is something that nobody should have to live with. It can make us feel very insecure about how we present ourselves to the rest of the world. You should always be comfortable living in your own skin but if oil is making you feel the opposite of that, it’s time to gain some control! If you want to reduce the amount of oil that is on your face, here are some steps and tips that you should follow. Doing so will leave you with the soft and smooth skin that you’ve always wanted, with very little shine!
1. Facial Cleansers
When you have oily skin, it’s important that you don’t use just any facial cleanser as many of them will create more oil on your skin. You should use scrubs that contain BHA which stands for Beta Hydroxy Acids along with AHA which stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acids. These products will remove dead skin from your face. Some other ingredients that help do this are pumpkin, milk and pineapple.
2. Foaming Cleansers
When you are choosing a cleanser, it’s best that it is a foaming cleanser that has a gentle pH balance. The cleanser should be slightly acidic but be careful so that it’s not too much. Most soaps and facial cleansers out there are highly alkaline which will take away natural acid that is in your skin and this will leave your skin vulnerable to bacteria growth. Meaning it will cause your skin to grow more oil. Some facial cleansers to consider are Neutrogena, Clearasil and Cetaphil brand face washes.
3. Washing Your Face
Using your facial cleanser that has all of the above, you should wash your face with it once in the morning and once at night before you go to bed.
If you are having trouble finding a facial cleanser, you can always use a soap that “dries” out your skin. Use hot water as it will work as a solvent on your excess oils that are lying on your skin along with the soap. When you use a strong soap that will dry out your skin, it will wipe away grime and dirt from your pores along with oil. Something as simple as Dial soap can do the trick.
Use a toner that is free of alcohol. Toners that control oil will help get rid of dirt and many other particles that are on your skin after you wash your face. Toners that contain alcohol can dry out your skin very quickly and will give you a great amount of new skin problems that you don’t want to deal with. Try to use the toner on areas of your skin where it’s only oily. If you use it on areas where your skin is dry, it will further the dryness and cause flakiness. So, it’s best to stick to the oily areas of your skin.
Don’t listen to the myth that says you shouldn’t use moisturizer if your skin is oily. It’s very important that you learn this is a big lie! No matter what skin type you have, you need moisturizer! You just have to choose the right kind for your oily skin. It’s best to use a moisturizer that is free of oil along with non-comedogenic.
Tip: What you read above should be the routine for treating your oil skin. Wash and cleanse your face, use your toner and then moisturize!
6. Oil-Free Makeup
You should always choose make up products that aren’t made with any oils and will help reduce shine on your skin. When you are choosing a foundation, it’s best to only use a very light amount of of liquid foundation along with small amounts of eye shadow, blush and concealer.
Use as many powder based products as you can. You want to avoid using products that will keep your skin looking oily or adding more of a shine. Try to find products that treat acne as well! They will clear up oil and treat your pores while making you look beautiful.