It’s normal to want to have a healthy glow or shine on your skin from oil. The oil keeps your skin soft, hydrated, healthy, and is a perfectly natural part of having skin. But, if that oil is a bit excessive and the shine it creates comes with frequent breakouts, you may fall into the oily skin category. Oily skin is caused by excess oil, also known as sebum, that rises from pores to the surface of the skin, which leads to your face having an oily and shiny appearance.
If oil remains for too long, your pores can clog and acne may break out. Not to mention, excessive shine can be embarrassing in some situations. If you’ve suffered from oily skin and the troubles it causes for years, don’t let that excess shine embarrass you any longer! To provide you with more information on how to take care of your skin and keep that shine under control, Dr. Krant has come up with some helpful tips for oily skin.
Cleansing is important for all skin types, but those with oily skin will need to cleanse twice a day – once after you wake up in the morning and again before going to bed at night. Cleansing twice each day will keep oil levels under control and rid your skin of any excess dirt or bacteria that build up between. If dirt and oil are left on your skin for too long, your pores may clog and acne can appear. When choosing a cleanser, be sure to select one that is both oil-free and gentle on your skin. You may also benefit from a cleanser that contains salicylic acid, which is known for clearing clogged pores and reducing pimples while providing a mild chemical peel effect.
Another important cleansing step is to remember to gently exfoliate, but only as little as possible: once a week to once a month. Excess sebum attaches itself to dead skin cells and when these aren’t taken care of, breakouts are almost inevitable. You will also want to cleanse and exfoliate your face using gentle motions, as scrubbing too vigorously or using an exfoliant more than twice a week can strip your skin of its natural moisture and cause more oil to secrete. If you are on the hunt for the right cleansers or scrubs for oily skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Krant to get her recommendations.
Apply Oil Absorbing Products
Cleansing and exfoliating will work wonders on your oily skin, but so will a number of skin care and makeup products that are specially designed to combat excess oil. When selecting makeup products, try to look for mattifying primers and foundations that will work to keep your skin shine-free throughout the day. There are also mattifying makeup setting sprays or powders available if you need extra help to lock in that matte look. If you’re looking for a sunscreen, there are plenty of oil free formulas available. Always remember to apply SPF every day – even with oily skin!
Another important skin care step for oily skin is to apply an oil-free moisturizer. While many of these products are formulated to soak up or reduce the appearance of oil, moisturizer is an essential for keeping your skin hydrated. Choose a gentle, oil-free moisturizer for best results, or get in touch with Dr. Krant for her insight. Never forget to moisturize your skin!
Use Oil Blotting Sheets
If you haven’t found the right skincare or makeup products or you’re having a makeup free day, oil can work its way up to the surface of your skin and cause that shiny appearance. Fortunately, there is a simple solution. Oil blotting sheets are inexpensive, portable, can be found at your local drugstore, and can help you take care of excess shine throughout the day. Take a blotting sheet, press it on your face, and gently blot the oily areas for a few seconds. Be sure to blot gently to avoid irritating your skin. This is a quick and easy way to keep your oil levels under control whenever your face seems too shiny.
So, you’ve tried cleansers, scrubs, oil-absorbing products, blotting sheets, and other products and nothing has worked the way you wanted it to. Or, if you know what you need to try, but aren’t sure where to begin, having an evaluation by a dermatologist will help. Dr. Jessica Krant can get you on track for shine-free skin. Dr. Krant can examine your skin, determine if you have an oily skin condition, and recommend products or solutions specifically for you. All you have to do is schedule a consultation today!