Use these tips and tricks to care for oily skin
Having oily skin feels like a constant struggle. Sometimes, it seems that no matter how well you’re cleansing or blotting your skin, you still have excess oil on your face. On top of having excessively oily skin, you probably also experience acne because those oils clog your pores, leading to the regular formation of new pimples and breakouts. Luckily, there are measures you can take to control the amount of oil appearing on your skin and banish those breakouts once and for all.
What Does a Skincare Routine for Oily Skin Look Like?
Skincare for oily skin consists of three main parts: Cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting.
Cleansers are used to gently wash away excess debris and oils from the skin before it can clog and irritate delicate pores. For oily skin, it is best to choose a cleanser that doesn’t contain any excessive oils. It is also recommended to choose the best cleanser for oily skin you can find—these often contain products that are specifically made to hydrate the skin while cleansing it.
There are a variety of moisturizers formulated specifically for oily skin. They are super-hydrating without being too heavy or prone to pore blockage. Often, these moisturizers are marketed as being “lightweight,” meaning they will moisturize without feeling like they are excessive on the skin.
Protecting oily skin means using a sunscreen during your morning skincare routine. Lots of sunscreens can feel thick, heavy, and oily, resulting in more pimples and oil buildup on the skin. Fortunately, many moisturizers are made with sunscreen already included. You can also purchase lightweight sunscreen creams with a good SPF to protect your skin during the day. Excessive, unprotected exposure to UV rays can irritate the skin, causing it to begin its oily self-repair cycle all over again.
If My Skin Is Already Too Oily, Do I Really Need to Use a Moisturizer?
Surprisingly, moisturizers are still necessary for people with oily skin. This may seem a little counterproductive—after all, if your skin is already overproducing those natural oils, aren’t you already moisturized enough? The answer is actually no.
Many people associate skin oils with hydration, but there is a stark difference between the two. An overproduction of skin oil occurs when the body isn’t getting enough hydration. When your skin begins to crank out these extra oils to compensate for the lack of hydration, it is making a sort of “emergency” attempt to rehydrate itself. In the end, these oils create new skin problems, such as greasiness and acne.
Moisturizers can help the skin stop overproducing oils by adding necessary hydration. One of the first ingredients listed in most moisturizers is water. When a moisturizer is regularly applied to the skin, it rehydrates it appropriately. This sends a message to the skin that it is properly hydrated and doesn’t need to produce any oils for self-repair.
Adding moisturizer to your already-greasy skin may feel a little wrong, but it’s right in so many ways. By moisturizing regularly, you are telling your skin to stop overproducing oil.
Are Blotting Papers Worth Including in My Skincare Routine?
Blotting papers are sheets of specially designed to lift away excess oil from the face. While it can feel super satisfying to see all that oil lift away from your skin, blotting papers should be considered a quick fix rather than a reliable oil fighting method.
Blotting papers remove oil by simply blotting the oily surface gently, without wiping or smudging. This makes it an ideal method for quickly removing oil buildup if you are wearing makeup or notice excess oil forming while you’re on the go. They are designed to be a quick-fix for appearance purposes. The best method for controlling oil is to be consistent in your skincare routine.
What Are Some Other Methods I Can Use to Control My Oily Skin?
Limiting the amount of oil on skin usually comes down to being properly hydrated. A great way to ensure you are staying hydrated is to swap out your regular beverages for water. Instead of reaching for an afternoon pick-me-up of soda or coffee, opt for a glass of water instead. Keeping your body hydrated is a good way to stop your skin from trying to self-repair by producing extra oil.
While researchers are still investigating specific links between diet and skin appearance, there are certain foods you can include in your diet to promote non-oily skin. Your body’s hormones are affected by the things you eat and drink. By making a few healthy food swaps, you can ensure your body is getting the recommended doses of Omega3 Fatty Acids, which are linked with anti-inflammation properties that can calm breakouts and help prevent new ones from forming. Some foods high in Omega3 Fatty Acids include cold water fish, walnuts, spinach, kale, soybeans and soybean products (tofu), and grass-fed beef.