A lot of my customers ask me how to treat oily skin. People with oily skin are extremely prone to acne-outbreaks, blemishes and blackheads.
As we are all now with how blackheads form after having read how to prevent blackheads from forming, we know that the key factors to look out for are the mixture of oil and skin on the skin surface, locking pores (also called sebum) and the naturally occurring oil layer on your skin itself.
In this article we’ll go over some ways how to treat oily skin so you can make sure your natural oil levels stay well within balance with the rest of your body.
Cosmopolitan wrote a really good article on this topic and I’ll be taking pointers from theirs. You can read their article here.
Get your cleansers straight!
First off you’ll need to find a great cleanser. When cleaning oily skin, you almost have to think of it as cleaning a skillet. You’ll need to clean oil with oil.
Look for oil-based cleansers such as this one:
Regardless though on whether or not you’ll go with an oil-based cleanser or not, important is to not use anything containing alcohol as that will be too harsh of a cleanser. Softness and tenderness is always key when cleaning your skin. IF you use a cleanser that is too harsh you might actually do more damage than good. A too harsh cleanser will strip away more oil than necessary, forcing your body to go into overdrive as it tries to maintain balance and produce more oil than it should to make up for the difference. Precisely the opposite of what we are trying to achieve.
Secondly proper hygiene is paramount to all things beauty and health related. Without proper hygiene you are just fighting an uphill battle getting yourself Saturday-night ready.
Choose a gentle cleanser and use it at least twice a day to normalize oil levels. Ditch the daily toner use and use it maybe 1-2 times at most during the week. Instead focus on a leave-on cream for controlling oil production.
Go for a cream low in benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Skincare and managing skin oil production is all about finding the right balance that works with your body.
Another great thing you can do for your skin and what has been proven time and time again is to make sure you hydrate properly. Dehydrated skin is stressed skin and can cause the glands to produce more oil than they should.
Other than making sure you get your daily doses of water you can do spot hydration by using moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid rather than ceramides, which can lock in bacteria and lead to pimples and blackheads.
Boots Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream is just the right cream to do that!
Homemade how to treat oily skin remedies:
Home remedies to treat oily skin are very tricky to get right. The popular sugar-lemon scrub a lot of women make at home is just such an example of where balance is key in getting things right. Although it is a good exfoliant and mildly improves pigmentation, using too much lemon juice can lead to hyper-pigmentation.
Yogurt masks can help exfoliate, but overdoing it can have undesired effects as well.
Exfoliating once a week is a good amount to make sure you allow your skin to heal properly from the afflicted abrasions while at the same time aiding your skin in shedding the dead skin cells in a natural fashion.
Be careful when steaming your skin as well, as you would before trying to squeeze blackheads, as too high a temperature for too long can strip away natural oil layers on your skin.
As always, balance is key!
Hopefully now you have a good idea how to treat oily skin!