Oily skin affects people across all ethnicities. It is considered the most problematic skin types because not only is an oily face embarrassing, it generally is accompanied by acne, blackheads and large pores.
So, how to get rid of oily skin?
You can’t, really. Oily skin type is inherited as a genetic trait, so until scientists discover how to change our genetic code, there is not much you can do to change your skin type. You can however help control oily skin by learning how it reacts to different skin care products and find a skin care routine that helps normalize your overactive sebaceous glands.
Very oily skin can sometimes affect a person’s self-esteem if you let it. Keep in mind there there is a blessing in disguise in all this, the natural oil of the face acts as a constant moisturizer, therefore, later in life when all other skin types begin to show signs of aging- people with oily skin will have a more youthful, hydrated complexion. We deserve it too.
Best skin care for oily skin, the non-commercial way.
There are two paths of care for oily skin- the bad and the good. The first is a common over-compensation route, where a person will buy whatever “oil-free product” is out there and uses them diligently as recommended. (Neutrogena makes millions at this, notice how they never actually solve the problem?) What typically happens is that the regular use of oil-free products affect the skin’s pH, and the skin can becomes drier and actually irritated through continued use of alkaline products which signals the body to produce even more oil to help replenish the skin. It becomes a vicious cycle, where the more you use oil-free products, the more oily your face gets.
For each individual this pattern varies. It is very common in people who have truly oily skin, who buy over-the-counter oil-free cleansers, astringents, oil free moisturizers, oil-free sunscreens (laden with chemicals). Many teenagers who are just becoming introduced to their true skin type, dealing with flare ups and trying everything they can to get their face under control often become susceptible to this problem. Because our knowledge base is often dependent on TV and advertising, some people may be frustrated with extremely oily skin before they learn how to prevent it from getting worse.
The second path to take has much less emphasis on buying commercial products marketed to people with oily skin. So how do you control oily skin? The key is to realize that oily skin just gets worse when there is a lack of moisture. You can’t stop oily skin from being part of you, but you can reduce oily skin’s unsightly appearance by getting it under control and not making it worse.
First, dump all the oil-frees and find a balanced pH, non-drying, non-irritating products to keep your skin in its normal condition. Oily yes, but not slippery or out of control. Look for non-comedogenic cleanser, moisturizer, and sunblock with zinc oxide in it. This will keep your in its natural zone, rather than stimulating it to become even more oily.
A go-to affordable cleanser for oily skin (as well as normal and dry skin types) is Cetaphil. A light-weight basic oil-free cleanser can work too if used in moderation. The point is to not dehydrate and irritate the skin with an unnatural onslaught of such irritating products.
You’ll still want to moisturize oily skin with a non-comedogenic hydration lotion (not cream based) during the day and for some people at night as well.
Use a sunblock with natural pigments in them such as zinc oxide, rather than oil free sunscreens that mess with the pH of your skin throughout the day.
How to prevent oily skin with fresh, healthy food.
While eating junk food may not be reason you get surges of extra oil and breakouts and a troublesome oily face, it could be. There have been studies linking the effect that junk foods to messing with hormones. Hormones indeed can trigger an onset of extra oil or could make your complexion clear and beautiful. Eating natural, fresh foods with an emphasis on fresh vegetables and fruits is a tried and true way of reducing the problems related to oily skin types- and make a remarkable 360 change in your face. You’ll need to eat this way for about 2 weeks to see the full results.
In summary, very oily skin is often the result of using astutely marketed commercial products that actually do more harm than good by drying out and irritating your skin. When treating oily skin, you need to make the situation better not worse. Then address the underlying cause of hormones through eating nutritiously. Using makeup and foundation for oily skin is often a great way to conceal the oil, while not making it any worse. Check out the Makeup for Oily Skin article here.
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