Oily Skin 101: it’s major problems and how to take care of it

Is your skin all time shiny? are you having a real struggle wearing makeup without being wiped away by noon? Do you feel you can fry an egg on your T zone? if you’re suffering any of these symptoms, this means you have an oily skin type. 

Oily skin can be a tackling issue for many people, especially that the excess oils secreted by the skin can clog pores and cause pimples. The thing that makes your skincare routine real torture. 

We wanted to deliver you the happy news. You No Longer Need To Hate Your Skin!! For if you understood how it works, you get to know how lucky you are to have such skin.

In this article, we will provide some simple tips to act as your guide along the oily, slippery journey of taking care of your skin.

But first, let’s get some housekeeping out of the way.

What is oily skin?

It is the skin that has an overproduction of oil, which forms an oily layer enfolding your skin to protect it from germs, dehydration, and erratic weather. It also plays a major role in hydrating the skin.

That said, these oils are there for your protection. YAY. The problem begins when this sebum accumulates, huddling inside your pores and clogging it, paving the way to pimple appearance.

How do I know I have oily skin?

Does your skin is extremely shiny, especially at the T Zone? Do you have enlarged pores? Does your skin is more prone to breakouts? Do you have a hard time keeping makeup on your face?

All of these are signs you have oily skin.

But seriously, is that even a problem?

There are some positives to having oily skin. This skin type ages at a slower rate because of the extra oil content in the skin. especially that wrinkles take a longer time to appear.

However, all these advantages don’t mean that excess sebum can make your life a real tragedy. 

What to do then? should you get rid of every wipe of oil you have, and venturing your skin to completely dry out? or should you leave your oily secretions as they are, risking your skin for blackheads, clogged pores, and repetitive breakouts?

Don’t dry it out, Balance it

If you have oily skin, I am sure you followed the common skincare trap; applying a harsh cleanser to suck out all the oils. And, of course, adhering to the” No Moisturizer” rule. You were thinking your skin is so oily to bother it with excess moisture? does this ring any bells to you?

These two rules are among the most common mistakes that people with oily skin fall into. If you have oily skin, you don’t want to get rid of the oil. You need to balance it. In other words; don’t look at it as your enemy, embrace it like a dear old friend.

So how can I balance oily sebum secretion in my oily skin?

1_ Choose the right cleanser

Take a look at your skin after using your cleanser. how does it feel? if it feels tight or dry, stop using it.

Try to look for a cleanser that has a pH level in the 5.5-6 range. Anything too high can potentially dry your skin it out. Remember, you don’t want to dry your skin out; you want to balance it.

you can also go for cleansers contain aloe vera, as it has astringent properties to absorb extra oil and clear out pores. on the other side, it’s moisturizing property moisturizes and rejuvenates your skin without making it oily.

2_ Stay away from alcohol-containing products

There will be a time where you will get sick of all these oily accumulations, a layer above layer, ruining your skin. you will think of a quick and fast solution to help you get rid of these oils. and what is faster than alcohol-containing products?

Well… DON’T

What you don’t know is that your skin has a built-in defense mechanism. The more you expose it to alcohol absorbing all the oil content, the more it will overproduce sebum to keep itself moisturized. check your Toner, if you found drying alcohol among its ingredients, please stop using it.

your skin is your friend, don’t be its enemy.

You may think you don’t need moisturizing such a skin with oil supply to sustain whole countries. This isn’t true.

Moisturizer is important for it creates a protective layer that acts as a buffer, isolating your skin from bacteria and other impurities, as well as preserving its inner moisture.

Look for products with lightweight ingredients. such as glycerine and hyaluronic acid. these two components find their way inside your skin for deeper hydration.

Stay away from oil-based products, stick to water-based ones.

Remember that your skin secrets oil to induce a self moisturizing effect. so do your part, be smarter. don’t suck out all its inner oil. instead, nourish your skin with external hydration, trick it to lessen its oil secretion.

How do I take care of my oily skin?

  • It is important to use an oil-free cleanser twice a day. Avoid High PH cleansers and stay away from drying out hash cleansers.
  • Use alcohol-free toner to balance your skin and close your open pores.
  • Don’t forget moisturizing using water-based products with lightweight, oil-free ingredients.
  • It is important to exfoliate your skin once a week (or every two weeks), to clear it from dead cells and accumulated oils. Don’t over-exfoliate as it may cause skin irritation and induce skin breakouts.

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