Does your foundation melt away just hours after applying it? Does your face tend to get oily even after washing it a few minutes before? Do you also tend to have stubborn blackheads that won’t just go away easily? Do all your monthly savings go away purchasing skincare products and frequent visits to the salon?
If you answered all the questions in a big fat “YES”, then congrats my friend you definitely have oily skin. Oily skin is nothing short of a nightmare. The biggest con of oily skin is clogging pores which result in acne. But don’t worry it has its own advantage also. Oily skin is less likely to look older as it is thicker and smoother and therefore shows fewer blemishes and other signs of aging.
What actually oily skin is?
Everyone needs a certain amount of natural oil to keep their skin supple and moisturized. Skin type is determined by how much oil the skin on your face produces, depending on this your skin type can be categorized as dry, oily or combinational. An oily skin type has excess oil on the face i.e it produces a good amount of sebum.
Sebum is the substance which hydrates and moisturizes or skin. If you don’t treat your skin, the pores can become clogged and enlarged, and dead skin cells may accumulate. Blackheads, pimples and other types of acne are also common with this skin type.
How to know if you have oily skin?
If you noticed the following things about your skin, then you have an oily skin type:
- Your face is shiny and appears greasy by the end of the day.
- Your make up doesn’t stay on and keeps sliding off.
- Gel-based products work wonders for you.
- The oilier parts of your face have blackheads, blemishes and other types of acne.
- You have enlarged pores mostly on nose, forehead, and chin i.e your ‘T – ZONE’ .
Take special note of your T-Zone. The T-Zone is the region of the face consisting of the forehead and nose which naturally tend to have more active oil glands that may produce excess sebum. If your T-Zone is oily but the rest of your face looks normal or dry, you have combination type skin.
Anyone’s skin can have multiple types and that these types can change due to hormones, climate and stress levels.
What causes oily skin?
The following are some of the causes of oily skin:
- Genetics: Oily kin usually runs in the family. If either of your parents has had a history of oily skin, then your skin is also likely to be oily.
- Climate: If the climate of the place where you live is hot and humid, your skin is likely to produce more oil. This is why your skin is oilier in summers as compared to winters.
- Age: Adolescents and young adults are known to have oilier skin than the older lot. While this doesnt mean that your skin will become less oily. Also, oily can actually help in slowing down your skin aging as it keeps the skin moisturized as compared to those with dry skin.
- Enlarged pores: Aging, acne breakouts, and weight fluctuations can cause your skin pores to become enlarged. Enlarged pores can make your skin produce more oil.
- Use of wrong skincare products: some individuals may mistake their combination skin for dry skin and use a lot of heavy creams meant for the latter. This can cause the skin to retain more oil, possibly leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Nowadays, there are specific skincare products available for oily skin, so choose yours wisely.
- Wrong skin care routine: Those with oily skin tend to wash their face at the drop of a hat. However, doing this will only give your skin temporary relief. It may, in fact, cause your skin to produce even more oil to make up for the loss.
- Skipping your moisturizer: Skipping your moisturizer can make your skin dry or oilier faster. Hence, use a light-weight, gel-based moisturizer if you have oily skin.
How to take care of oily skin?
The following are the ways by which you can prevent the excess oil on your skin:
- Wash your face regularly: Washing your face regularly can reduce the amount of oil on the skin. The following methods are recommended for washing oily skin:
- Wash with gentle soap and warm water.
- Avoid soaps with fragrance, added moisturizers, or harsh chemicals, which can irritate or dry out the skin, making it respond by creating more sebum.
- Avoid loofahs and rough washcloths, as added friction may stimulate the skin to make more oil.
2. Use a toner: Astringent toners that contain alcohol tend to dry out the skin. However, according to a 2014 study by cosmopolitan, natural astringents, such as witch hazel, can have skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory properties
3. Pat the face dry: When drying the face after washing and using toner, people should gently pat their skin dry with a soft towel. This should be done with care, however. Pulling down on the skin with a towel, or using a rough washcloth, is not advised, as it may stimulate the skin to create more sebum.
4. Use a facial mask: Facial mask helps in removing the blackheads and removes the excess oil from your skin. You can use aloe vera, oatmeal, or honey in your mask to gently cleanse oil from your skin and prevent it from acne breakouts and it also makes your skin soft.
5. Apply moisturizers: While many people with oily skin steer clear of moisturizers for fear that their skin will look greasier, using the right moisturizers can benefit this type of skin. For people with very oily skin, an oil-free moisturizer could help keep the skin moist and protected, without it feeling greasy.
Oily skin that is linked to genetics can be difficult to prevent. Even oily skin caused by changes in hormones is difficult to control. The best prevention for oily skin is for an individual to find consistent skincare that works, and to stick to it. When oily skin arises, it can be tempting to hide it with makeup. However, certain products can be tempting to hide it with makeup. However, certain products, particularly oil-based products, could make symptoms worse or clog the pores. Water-based makeup may be a better option for the same, while others find wearing no makeup works best for their skin. Many people also say their diet is what keeps their skin from acting up. It may help to stay hydrated, avoid greasy foods and trans fats, and eat a well-rounded diet full of whole foods.
We should try to stay hydrated as much as we can because water itself cleanses away all the impurities and try to avoid excessive oily foods. cleansing and exfoliation once or twice a week can lead to better results.