Wondering if and why you have oily skin? Oily skin is primarily characterized with large open pores, blackheads and pimples. The causes may vary from a change in the hormone levels (e.g: pregnancy or menstrual period), a change of climate to a change of diet. Rebalancing oil levels is needed to take care of an oily skin making it one of the most difficult skin types.
Oily skin is usually more common among people with darker skin and is often hereditary. While all this does not sound great, the good news is that oily skin tends to age slower than dryer skin types. This is because wrinkles are not as obvious as the skin tends to be more hydrated.
Caring for oily skin
Learning how to care for oily skin takes time and patience while you try to find the products that work best for you. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Always wash hands before cleansing your face to protect your skin from bacteria.
- Use a gel-based cleanser 2 to 3 times a day.
- Use warm, not hot, water to rinse as hot water will increase oil production.
- Use a toner on the oily parts of your face.
- Moisturize – oily skin needs moisture just as much as any other skin type, but choose a light, oil-free moisturizer.
Protecting oily skin
Like all other skin types, oily skin needs protection from the sun. Unfortunately, traditional sunscreens can cause havoc on oily skin, blocking pores and causing breakouts. Instead, try using a gel sunscreen or an oil-free sunscreen.
Cleansers – Dermatologists agree that the most effective way to manage oily skin is to cleanse your face both morning and night. Always use a gentle cleanser since harsh soaps can trigger the skin to increase oil production.
Toners – If you have oily or blemish-prone skin, you need to be especially careful when shopping for a toner. The toners that are best for oily or blemish-prone skin are those whose ingredients help repair skin’s surface, make skin feel smoother, reduce enlarged pores, and help handle excess oil in a more efficient manner. Avoid using toners containing irritants (such as alcohol, witch hazel, or menthol) as these will hurt your skin’s healing process.
Blotting Paper – Cosmetic blotting papers offer a great option for removing oil because they don’t dry out your skin. Apply it to oily areas, such as forehead, nose, and chin. Don’t scrub your skin with the sheet of blotting paper, instead, simply press it against the oily area long enough to absorb the oil, usually 15 to 20 seconds.
Diet for Oily Skin
Eating a healthy diet is good for your entire body and will improve the appearance of your skin. Eat a diet rich in antioxidant foods like blueberries, spinach, carrots, and other brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Include foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna, mackerel, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts to improve skin texture. You should reduce foods high in fat and sugar and increase proteins and complex carbohydrates. Also, drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
BasharaCare recommends the following products for Oily skin:
SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer – A light, non-oily formula that provides protection against environmental aggressors, while conditioning and firming the skin and balancing its oil secretions.
NeoStrata Oily Skin Solution – This treatment helps clear pores and remove excess surface oil and sebum from oily or acne-prone skin. Glycolic Acid gently exfoliates and helps clear clogged pores.
Exuviance Moisture Balance Toner – This soothing and refreshing face toner is formulated to restore the natural pH balance and enhance the overall clarity of your skin. Suitable for all skin types, normal, combination, dry and oily.