Oily skin can make you skin appear all shiny and greasy and make you feel like an oil slick that must be cleaned up every couple of hours or so.
It is difficult to get oily skin under control. What’s more irritating is that you find the products that claim to work wonders for oily skin actually are ineffective. Such products end up drying out the skin and make matters worse.
While you cannot control the hormones that stimulate excess oil production, you can definitely work on your oily skin to achieve a clean, clear and spotless face. Here are a few tips that will help:
- Cleanse face twice a day using a mild face wash that contains salicylic acid and non-comedogenic ingredients. Salicylic acid penetrates into the pores and clears out the fat and toxins lodged inside them.
- Avoid soaps because they are mostly alkaline — these will dry your skin, thereby attracting dirt and bacteria.
- Use a light and quick-to-absorb sunscreen lotion preferably with a matte finish. It protects the skin from UV rays, keeping it clean and dry.
- Oil-free cosmetics work better than shimmering and creamy ones, and they also enhance makeup life.
- While shopping for powders, foundations and concealers look for shine-free and matte labels. For eye shadows and liners stick to smudge-proof and crease-proof formulas.
- During the day, pat your face with blotting paper to absorb excess oils. It protects the skin from from irritation and saves you from re-applying makeup.
- Try to use a makeup brush or a sponge instead of using your fingertips to apply your makeup. It makes for controlled application on oily skin. However, clean your brush regularly lest it becomes a breeding ground of bacteria and germs.
- Use Retinol-containing products because it is a pure form of Vitamin A which increases collagen production. Collagen is the basic constituent of the skin and helps regulate sebum production and reduce acne and blackheads.
- Don’t wash your face too often. It strips out the natural oils and makes your skin more prone to acne.
- Change your pillowcases at least twice a week. Pillowcases absorb dirt, grime and grease and could turn out to be the root cause of your acne.
- Choose gel based sunscreens because they are best suited to oily skin.
- Exfoliate only 2 to 3 times a week and no more. Anything more than that irritates the skin and more prone to allergies.
- Don’t touch your face too often. The germs and bacteria get transferred from your hands onto your face making you experience breakouts.
- All the alluring cocktails and fried food are too tempting. But the extra oil in these foods causes acne and breakouts.
- Use lukewarm water to wash your face. It dissolves oil more effectively than cold water. So all the dirt and bacteria get washed away with the oil.
That’s it. For now.
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