Oily skin, to me, is one of the most challenging skin types due to it’s temperamental nature. Oily skin is characterized by overactive oil glands that cause a greasy sheen to appear, breakouts, blackheads, and enlarged pores. Super fun, right!? 😉 Often oily skin is caused by genetics, climate, and dehydration which the last one may surprise you. It’s important to restore balance in the skin to prevent the oil glands from over producing oil. While many folks with oily skin don’t prefer it, know that oily skin tends to ‘mature’ slower than other types. So while its very hit or miss when it comes to products that work and getting the oil under control, you can make a game of it and end up looking younger in the long run.
Let’s take a look at the top ways in which you’re sabotaging your oily skin and see if we can’t get you back on track!
Reason 1 –
You wash your face more than twice a day. If you’ve got that mid-morning and afternoon gleaming forehead, it’s very tempting to wash your face. However, over washing your face is a short-term solution and can lead to many more problems down the road. When over washing your face, your skin is seeing it as an action to strip your skin of oil, which is necessary for healthy skin. But if your skin interprets it as stripping TOO much oil from your face, you’ll begin to see an over production of oil and irritation. It’s a balancing act. To control the appearance of excess oil, we often recommend oil blotting sheets.
Reason 2 –
You’re washing your face ‘incorrectly’. I was reading a study the other day conducted by CeraVe and it reported that, ’52 percent of consumers (66 percent of men and nearly 40 percent of women) use bath wash or hand soap to cleanse their face, while more than one third only use water.’ In addition, and more specifically to oily skin, ‘Nearly 50 percent of those with oily skin use hand or body soap to wash their face, and a third only use water.’ HOW you wash your face is VERY important to controlling your oily skin. If you suffer from oily skin, we recommend that you use cool water and a foaming designated face wash. This will most certainly help control the extra sebum that builds up on oily skin.
Reason 3 –
You skip your facial moisturizer. If your skin is oily, you may think it’s worse to apply moisturizer to your beautiful face, but that’s actually the opposite. Skipping moisturizer regularly can actually make your skin even oilier than it already is. Just like with over washing your face, your skin craves moisture, so it goes into overdrive and begins to produce too much oil. We recommend using a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer and applying it twice a day.
Reason 4 –
You’re scrubbing too hard. When you get that mid-afternoon ‘glow’, you may be tempted to run for a gritty scrub, a thick exfoliator or even your handy dandy cleansing brush. But think again. Instead of an aggressive exfoliation, consider using a salicylic acid treatment. Salicylic acid is lipophilic, which means it is able to dissolve oils…so this stuff penetrates into pores and ‘dries’ out the oil being produced without making your skin overcompensate.
Reason 5 –
Tone down your toner. I find that toners can be really over marketed and while they can be awesome for your skin, they could be drying out your skin. If you find that after using a toner your skin feels ‘squeaky clean’, it may be too harsh for your skin. Once again, your skin will overcompensate and it will product even more oil glands to replace it. My dermatologist never really played up the toner regime but if you do enjoy it, make sure it’s without alcohol.
Reason 6 –
You’re too stressed. When we’re stressed, our body produces excess amounts of cortisol which tends to cause a hormonal reaction that can produce breakouts. If you’re an avid reader, you know that I experienced acne here and there and my cortisol is through the roof, so it’s no surprise. You know your body, so if you’re feeling stressed, do what you need to do to calm the heck down. Your body will thank you!
Reason 7 –
You’re giving your skin too long to air out. So this a cool tip. Never leave your skin bare for longer than a minute after washing your face. This applies to oily, dry and combination skin. We recommend that you immediately follow-up with your next product after washing your face. We do this all the time & I must admit I’m actually a little psycho about it. I 100% notice the difference if I don’t apply a product within a reasonable time frame.
Reason 8 –
You’re touching your face too much. I am a LUNATIC when it comes to touching my face. I never touch it unless I have to… I usually use my sleeve or I will always use the back of my hand. I cringe just thinking about touching my face. And poobear 100% knows about the rule too for his hands! LOL! In a study, researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md found that people touched their faces an average of 3.6 times per hour. That’s 3.6 times too many, so try to stop touching your face.
According to Renne Rouleau, ‘Bottom line: If you’re someone who cleanses skin in the morning only to find a complete oil slick by noon, it’s definitely a topical dehydration issue, and don’t let anyone tell you anything different.’ So follow our tips above and we can help you find the PERFECT balancing act.
Recommended reading! Top Tips to Control Your Oily Skin