Normally, our body produces oil to help keep the skin healthy. However, excess oil can lead to blemishes and acne flare-ups. There are plenty of ways to cut down on oiliness. Clear complexion strategies range from over-the-counter cleansers to prescription lotions and cosmetic treatments.
- Cleansers- Dermatologists agree that the most effective way to manage oily skin is to cleanse your face both morning and night. Stop using harsh soaps because it can trigger the skin to increase oil production. If a basic facial cleanser doesn’t cut oiliness, try a product that includes an acid such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or beta-hydroxy acid. People often have to try several products before they find the one that works best for them.” Wash with warm water, not hot, because temperature extremes can irritate skin.
- Toners- Some agree and some disagree whether the oil-reducing properties of toner are legitimate. If you want to apply toners, avoid using them on areas that tend to be dry or you’re likely to create dry patches on your skin
- Medicated Pads- Pads medicated with salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or other oil-cutting acid ingredients are another beauty routine option.
- Blotting Paper- Cosmetic blotting papers offer a great option for removing oil because they don’t dry out your skin. Apply it to oily areas, such as forehead, nose, and chin. Don’t scrub your skin with the sheet of blotting paper. Simply press it against the oily area long enough to absorb oil, usually 15 to 20 seconds. Some blotting papers are lightly powdered, which further reduces shine.
- Masks and Clays- Applying masks and clays to the skin helps draw out oils and cleanses pores but there is also concern for over drying.
- Moisturizers- Oily skin needs to be moisturized to look its best. To avoid an oily sheen, choose an oil-free moisturizer. Vary the amount you apply depending on whether the area tends to be dry or oily.
- Oil-free Sunscreen- Traditional sunscreens can pose a problem for people with oily skin since they tend to go on pretty thick and can block pores. Sunscreen gels are less likely than creams and lotions to make your skin look oily, and there are a variety of new oil-free products for oily skin. Some of the newest products, including facial powders, offer enough protection to ward off sun damage in most situations.
Adapt Your Facial Regimen
Oil production is influenced by hormones, by mood, even by the weather. It is important to be aware of how your skin varies so that you can adjust your regimen accordingly. For example, You may need cleanser with glycolic acid or beta-hydroxy acid every day during the summer but only now and then during the winter.
Talk to Your Dermatologist
Talk to your dermatologis if over-the-counter products aren’t enough to help you manage oily skin. Lasers and chemical peels can help reduce oiliness and improve the overall look of your skin. Creams laced with tretinoin, adapalene, or tazarotene can also help by altering pores and reducing oiliness.
Remove excess oiliness when you need to look your best, but be careful to preserve your skin’s natural anti-aging mechanism.