According to dermatologists, oily skin is due to excess of sebum which is an oily substance that protects and hydrates the skin. Although sebum is vital for keeping your moisture barrier intact, having too much sebum causes clogged pores, acne, shiny looking and greasy to touch skin. Oil production can also be influenced by stress, hormones, air pollution that lead to skin damages such as acne, dead skin cells and bacteria. In this article, we give you some advice and the different steps you should include in your skincare routine.
1- Remove Your Makeup
It’s important to remove your makeup that you’ve been wearing all day. Your face might have built up some dirt from outside and may cause bacteria. Sleeping with makeup on is bad for your skin since it increases excess sebum production and bacteria formation. For that reason, you should remove your makeup and clean your face with a good facial cleanser. For oily skin type, it is better to use a micellar water, also called cleansing water. Micellar water will remove dirt from your face. The chemical that actually gets rid of dirt and makeup, clusters up into tiny balls called micelles and also removes all the residue of makeup instantly.
2- Wash Your Face
Cleaning your face regurlarly will reduce the oily appearence on your face. If you have oily skin it is essential to clean your face in the morning and before going to bed to get rid of all the dirt, excess oils, and impurities built up on your face. Use a gentle fragrance-free soap and avoid harsh chemicals that will irritate your skin and increase sebum production. Also, you can use cleansers that contain acids such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid. Rinse with warm water.
3- Gently exfoliate
If you have oily skin, you should exfoliate once or twice a week to prevent oil production, remove dead skin cells and minimize clogged pores and blackheads on skin surface. Make sure to use a gentle exfoliation. According to dermatologists, the best oily skin exfoliants contain salicylic acid (BHA & AHA): a non-abrasive ingredient that helps exfoliate not only the surface of your skin but also inside the pore lining. It helps improve skin texture. You can also use an exfoliant that contains zinc or antioxydant agents that will add radiance to dull skin.
4- Apply a Face Mask
According to beauty experts, the ideal face mask to combat oily skin is formulated with kaolin clay and charcoal. Clay or Charcoal both contain minerals that absorb oils and lower skin shininess and sebum levels without irritating the skin. Applying that face mask twice a week can matify your skin and help keep your skin radiant.
5- Use a Toner
Using a toner is an additional step that you should consider if you have an oily skin. It can help reduce enlarged pores appearance and remove residue of makeup that could clog pores. A good toner will control excess oil production and shiny or greasy look without keeping your skin dry. To avoid potential irritation, we recommend you to test any new toner on a small area of your skin before using it regularly.
Most people think that oily skin doesn’t need hydration but it does! Any skin type needs to be moisturized. But the oily skin type needs to be moisturized carefully by using lightweight, oil-free and water-based moisturizers daily. It will prevent your skin from being too dry and it will slow down sebum production.
7- Use a Sunscreen
Unprotected exposure to UV light may trigger several skin damages such as skin aging, skin cancer, excess of sebum… That’s why you should try to use a daily moisturizer with sunscreen. Make sure to use one that is lightweight and matifying!