We all want to look fresh faced, no matter our age or skin tone. Healthy looking, glowing skin is something we all strive for but when that glow becomes a shiny, oily situation, then it can become frustrating, especially when oil shows up on our skin right after we have showered and should look our best.
There are a number of factors that affect oily skin — genes, hormones, living in hot environments or daily activity are all things that contribute to you having oily skin. While battling genetics is challenging, there are nevertheless, things that you can do to help get rid of your oily skin and the following are some of the best methods that will help you to ease this problem.
ADAPT TO YOUR SKIN
You know that you have oily skin but that doesn’t mean your skin is consistently oily, every day of the year. There will be weeks when your skin is at its worst and other times when it will be less so due to temperature changes or hormone changes. Adapt your facial treatment according to how your face is doing during the present moment. Start by learning when your skin is at its worst — maybe when you sweat more or during your menstrual cycle. Keeping a diary is a great way of identifying patterns and more importantly, you could show it to your dermatologist so that the latter can try to better understand the factors that are affecting your skin.
FIND THE RIGHT DERMATOLOGIST
Home treatments and avoiding certain foods are all ways you can help ease oily skin but first and foremost, you have to find a great dermatologist who can give you professional advice and guide you to buying the right products for your skin.
Skin specialists all over the world recommend that finding a great cleanser for your skin will help get rid of oily skin. ‘“When it comes to oily skin, think of cleaning a cast-iron skillet: You clean oil with oil,’ says Deniz Ataman, a longtime Clarins skin care specialist and current managing editor for Perfumer and Flavorist Magazine.” Whatever the brand may be, skin specialists do recommend staying away from products that contain alcohol, opting instead for softer, more delicate products for the skin and cleaning your face in the morning and before going to bed.
“Dehydration can stress glands to produce more oil,” Ataman explains and that is why she recommends using masks occasionally to rehydrate the skin. Masks help to clean pores and they dry out oils. The problem with masks is that they can dry out your face which can be a problem if you are suffering from combination skin — with oily parts and other parts having dry skin.
“‘My advice is to apply them only to problem areas and use them only occasionally,” Rebecca Kazin, MD, director of Johns Hopkins Cosmetic Center, says,” adding that usage of masks should be limited to special events, thus tying to Ataman’s argument about using masks occasionally.
BE WARY OF MAKEUP
Makeup is something that you will often wear for hours throughout the day or night, so choosing the right products for your skin is imperative to avoid agitating your oily skin more. This said, dermatologists recommend avoiding “pore-clogging products like liquid foundations or other products that feel heavy.” Moreover, washing your face before you go to sleep or even better, as soon as you are home, is a way of giving your skin area to breathe.
USING MEDICATED PADS
Besides finding a good cleanser, some dermatologists recommend “pads medicated with salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or other oil-cutting acid ingredients.” These pads have been proven useful by many people who have oily skin as they can be carried in a purse and be used throughout the day whenever the skin shows an excess of oily pores.
USING BLOTTING PAPER
Another option to medicated pads is cosmetic blotting paper. Similar to medicated pads, blotting paper can be used throughout the day but more than just removing the oil from the skin, this product does not dry out your face while removing the oil. Dermatologists recommend that you apply the cosmetic blotting paper only to the oily areas of your face and pressing it on the needed part for about 20 seconds so that it can absorb the oil.
FIND THE RIGHT MOISTURIZER
One mistake people who have oily skin often commit is that they avoid using a moisturizer in the belief that they will help lessen moisture on their face and thus ease the oily issue. However, dermatologists insist that an oily face needs moisture just as much as any other skin type but they do recommend an oil-free moisturizer.
FOODS TO EAT
Research on the right foods to eat for oily skin is relatively new, however, early indications show that some food groups are better than others in helping to ease oily skin. Low-glycemic carbs such as wholegrain bread and oatmeal, sweet potato and fruit are suggested as foods to eat when you have oily skin. This data comes from a “2015 article published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, [indicating that] high-glycemic carbs, such as white bread and cornflakes, may have an effect on the hormones that increase oil production.”
The study also indicated that dairy based foods “increase the production of hormones that cause oily skin” and so plant-milk alternatives, such as almond or rice milk have been suggested instead of the traditional dairy products. Moreover, Live Strong also suggests that consuming omega 3 rich foods, rather than the saturated fat found in meat and processed foods can help reduce oily skin.
These are some of the methods experts recommend to help you get rid of your oily skin. There are also home remedies you can try to ease the oil naturally. However, you should be cautious of home remedies as they can backfire, so asking your dermatologist whether you can use certain home remedies or not is a safe bet to keeping your skin as oil free as possible.