Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Oily Skin: How to best deal with it

Oily skin is the most feared of all skin type —most people

would prefer dry skin to the typically shiny/greasy appearance of oily skin although usually people typically want what they don’t have. If they have straight hair, they wish it was more curly. If they have curly hair, they try everything to straighten it. It’s the same thing with skin types—those with dry skin wish for more hydration, while those with oily skin can’t stand the constant shininess. Oily skin presents you with following problems: acne, shininess, and large pores. Is there anything you can do counter that? I have some solutions for you to try that might work. 

What is Oily Skin?

Lots of people think they have an oily skin type, when in reality, they have combination skin—oily only in some areas but not throughout the whole surface skin of the face. Truly oily skin typically has following characteristics: 

  • appears shiny/greasy everywhere 
  • looks thick and coarse 
  • has visibly enlarged pores 
  • is prone to acne breakouts 

The best way to test your skin type and to know if it is really oily is to wash your face in the morning with a cleanser, pat it dry, and wait an hour or two (without applying any lotion or make-up). If your face is shiny and covered in oil, you have oily skin. If your cheek areas are dry but your nose and forehead are shiny, you most likely have combination skin. 

What are the Causes for Oily Skin? 

Oily skin is the result of over-active sebaceous glands that excessively produce skin oil also called ‘sebum’. Typically it is genetically inherited; if one or both of your parents had an oily skin type, you probably have it too. Other than that predisposition, exposing the skin to products that upset its own natural pH balance can also cause the over-production of sebum.

Typical Problems associated with Oily Skin

If you possess oily skin, you most likely suffer from these problems: 
Acne: excessive amounts of sebum attracts and feeds bacteria, clogs pores -leading to acne breakouts 
Shine: oily skin appears shiny and greasy
Cosmetics-related issues: you have difficulties keeping makeup in place and often have to re-apply. 

The positive thing is that oily skin tends to age slower than dry skin, so when you move beyond your 40s, you may actually be thankful that you have oily skin and not dry skin which makes you look considerably older! 

Daily Regimen for Oily Skin Type 

Although your skin may age slower than other types, that might not be consoling when you’re literally faced with at large pores, acne, and never ending shine. To help control your sebum production, start with these basic steps. 

1. Wash your face a maximum of twice a day. Although the oil creeps back up within a few hours, don’t follow the urge to wash again. If you constantly clear the oil from your skin, it will react by producing even more. If you really need to wash off that excess oil more than that, use only water without any soap/cleanser. 

2. Use a gentle cleanser. You want your cleanser to gently strip your face of the excessive oil. Try any gentle cleanser that is formulated specifically for oily skin. Use warm water, and gently massage the cleanser into your skin for at least one minute before rinsing off. Avoid excessive rubbing –be very gentle! 

3. Don’t overuse Toner. Again, the risk here is over-stripping your natural oils and triggering accelerated oil production. Choose a toner that is gentle but at the same time effective. 

4. Balance the oils in your skin. This is most critical for oily skin types, and this step is what most people struggle with. They know the problem is too much oil, so they try to get rid of that oil, but oftentimes that means harsh products that just strip the skin and damage the outer layer, and lead to increased sebum production in the long run, as well as accelerated aging. Natural oils have natural ability to work with the body to balance out the skin’s own oil production. Try natural herbal facial oils that designed for oily skin.


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