Ever stepped out with oil slathered on your face? You’re probably wondering what a weird question that is, but, for those who imagined the answer to this question – it definitely isn’t a good look, right? Plus, it attracts so much dirt. Well, unfortunately, this is what people with oily skin feel like 24*7. Oily skin is a result of your sebaceous glands pumping out way too much sebum and causing a slew of skin problems, of which excess shine and acne breakouts top the list.
Not just this, there are multiple factors that are telltale signs of having oily skin. If you’re still figuring it out, the pointers below should help you confirm your oily skin woes.
- Signs of Oily Skin
- Know Your Products Well
- Use Niacinamide
- Foaming Cleanser
- Don’t Over-Wash Your Face
- Non-Alcoholic Toner
- Wear Your Sunscreen
- Don’t Ignore Moisturiser
- Gentle Exfoliation
- Clay Mask Once a Week
- Swap Cream Based Makeup for Powder Based Ones
Signs of Oily Skin
- You are experiencing constant acne and pimples on your face, besides witnessing clusters of blackheads on your nose, chin and other areas of your face.
- Excess oily shine has taken over your face, making it look greasier when you step out in the sun. And, by the end of the day, your skin becomes slack and sticky beyond control.
- No matter what makeup product you apply, your face doesn’t take it well and eventually, your makeup budges and melts off.
- Your skin pores have become visibly enlarged, especially on your t-zone (forehead, nose, upper lip area and chin).
- You don’t remember the last time you felt any hint of dryness or tightness in your skin.
How to get rid of oily skin
- The best (and the only good) part about oily skin is that it is not permanent. You can wipe away all the oily issues by being careful of the ingredients you use on your skin, avoiding heavy-duty products, always keeping your face cleansed, masking once in a while and of course, eating clean. We discuss all the possible and effective ways to say goodbye to oily skin below. Read on…
Know Your Products Well
It goes without saying, everything that you use on your skin should be checked thoroughly for any ingredients that could aggravate oiliness. Some harsh chemicals and acids are notorious for stripping off natural oils from skin, making your oil glands overproduce sebum as a way of compensation. Mineral oils, oleic acid, alcohol, fragrance, SLS and more such ingredients should be avoided to keep your oily skin calm. Instead, look out for products with non-comedogenic and soap-free labels, which are often safer to use.
Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, has been winning high praises from the skincare community for being a saving ingredient for oily skin types. It is known to regulate sebum production in the skin and smoothen out the appearance of enlarged pores generally seen on oily skin. It also keeps inflammation at bay, a common problem for oily skin. The balance of oil in the skin ensures your skin doesn’t experience any sort of grease buildup, excess shine or clogged pores, leading to zits and acne. You can easily include niacinamide in your skincare in the form of serums and day creams.
A cleanser is a no-brainer when it comes to keeping your oily skin in control and away from dirt and toxins. But it is important to be mindful about the kind of cleanser you pick – it shouldn’t have harsh chemicals or artificial scents and fragrances. You can either go for soap-free face wash, gel-based cleansers or even foaming cleansers that are light on your skin and don't cause irritation and thoroughly remove all the impurities and excess sebum.
Don’t Over-Wash Your Face
While cleansing, don’t overestimate the benefits of the formula and end up using it more than twice in a day. Over-washing your face with a cleanser can zap away the natural oils from your skin, make it overly dehydrated and dry. Natural oils are important to keep the balance of your skin’s health at all times and maintain a healthy skin barrier. It’s wise to wash your face, once in the morning and once at night.
By taking the CTM (cleansing, toning and moisturising) route, you will keep your oily skin happy and soothed. So, once you’re done with the cleanser, move on to a toner. Again, choose the right toner, precisely one without alcohol, synthetic fragrance or colour and apple cider vinegar. The fact is that alcohol removes grease, but it leaves your skin feeling dry and tight, which could have an adverse effect on oily skin. Toners that carry ingredients such as witch hazel, vitamin B5 and allantoin are great to hydrate your skin, balance pH level and avoid any kind of inflammation.
Wear Your Sunscreen
The last thing anyone with oily skin wants is to layer up more and more oil-inducing products on their face. And often, a majority of people skimp on sunscreens for fear of making things worse. But, the news is that sunscreens are imperative and can’t be sidelined. Not only does it shield skin from UV rays, but also prevents sunburns, which could dry your face’s surface oils, causing your oil glands to overproduce. So, to tackle the problem, choose the correct formula for your skin that is gel-based or has a light liquid consistency, as it’ll be lightweight and will absorb into your skin quickly.
Don’t Ignore Moisturiser
If you think excess sebum is anyway keeping your skin slick and well, oily, and that using a moisturiser is not necessary. Think again. Oily skin doesn’t mean it is not dehydrated or hasn’t lost its moisture levels. It is likely that below the surface, your skin is parched. This is where a moisturiser helps. Like sunscreens, avoid heavy, creamy and rich-ingredient formulas. Instead, opt for lightweight, oil-free, hydrating moisturisers that contain aloe vera, cucumber, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, salicylic acid and vitamin B6 and B12 that would soothe your skin and keep it hydrated.
Exfoliation is that one step in any skincare routine, which deeply cleanses impurities from the skin and avoids accumulation of dead skin cells that often clog the pores. For people with oily skin, it is recommended to indulge in exfoliation once or twice a week. Products that contain non-abrasive and microfoliant particles along with salicylic or glycolic acid work best to scrub thoroughly and gently without causing irritation and redness.
Clay Mask Once a Week
For people who love themselves a face masking routine, then clay masks will prove to be beneficial to fix their grease-laden skin. A clay mask is known to be a magnet for toxins, dirt and dead skin cells and once you rinse the clay off, it takes away all the impurities along with it. It also leaves your skin feeling and looking matte. Bentonite and French green clay are popular for oily skin types, and we recommend using them twice every week for their oil-controlling benefits.
Swap Cream Based Makeup for Powder Based Ones
While you take care of your skin, don’t forget those daily makeup struggles. It’s always smart to swap heavy and creamy formulas with lighter, powder-based makeup, especially the ones that are non-comedogenic, because they aptly work to absorb the shine and make your skin texture better. Also, to let your skin breathe, use less makeup instead of more.