Dos And Don'ts For Oily Skin

What should you do (or not do) if you have oily skin? We'll make it simple. Read dos and don'ts for dealing with oily skin and looking better.

Oily Skin: How to Treat and What to Avoid

Various ads may showcase different skincare brands, but they all target one thing in common: bad skin. Be it blemishes, pimples, or oiliness, skincare products are designed to remedy problems of the face. Both a teenager in school and a professional in show business would know the benefits of a pleasant-looking face. This can be easy to achieve if you know your skin type, but it can be a dilemma if you're clueless about it. Oily skin, in particular, could be tricky to solve if it can't be balanced. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, excessive oiliness can clog pores and cause pimples, while a lack of it could show more wrinkles and strip moisture from the face. If you have oily skin, here are some dos and don'ts to follow.

Skip the oily food to help with oily skin

The food you eat affects your body, and the face is no exception. Experts recommend eating food that can slow down oil production in your skin. Examples include carrots, cantaloupe, and spinach, all of which can slow it down. Lemons and kiwis can treat acne and balance your skin tone. Make an effort to skip greasy, fried food, spicy ones, and sweetened beverages.

Don't forget to exfoliate oily skin for pore health

The skin needs unclogged pores in order to maintain a smooth and clean look. It therefore helps to exfoliate your skin every now and then to remove the layer of dead skin on your face. Ustraa recommends doing so twice a week so that blackheads and other clogging elements can be removed. It's important not to overdo exfoliation as this could dry your skin too much and cause excessive oil production.

why to Avoid sleeping with makeup on if you have oily skin

You might fail to notice this, especially if you've come home having overly indulged or tired from a party. Too much makeup won't let the skin breathe and might clog it instead. This becomes another cause of clogged pores and excessive sebum or oil. Make an effort to wash makeup after a long day, and use makeup products that are oil-free and water-based. In doing so, you'll sleep well knowing that your skin stays as clean as your bedsheets.

Choose noncomedogenic products meant for oily skin types

Speaking of unclogged pores, there are skincare products formulated for this purpose. Called "noncomedogenic" products, these cleansers or moisturizers are made with ingredients that can effectively strip impurities from your skin while not causing acne. There's even noncomedogenic makeup, created specifically to not clog your pores as you apply it.

Cleanse and moisturize to prevent oily skin

While oily skin does need cleansing regularly, it also needs moisturizing. An oily face needs to look matte for a pleasant appearance, and it needs hydration to look healthy. If you can, look for moisturizers and cleansers that have salicylic acid. According to Allure, this ingredient helps breaks down oil effectively while leaving the pores unclogged.

Work out when you can to help with oily skin

Sweating it out also helps oily skin. If you can, do a quick jog or gym session frequently. Exercise increases blood flow and nourishes your skin cells. Working out also opens clogged pores which could then remove toxins. While exercising, make sure to drink 5 to 6 glasses of water to keep your body's circulation and to flush out toxins.

Invest in suncreen good for oily skin

Sun protection might be dismissed as a luxury, but it is an essential part of skincare. If you're going outside in clear sunny sky, make sure to apply sunscreen on your face first. Look for products that won't exacerbate oily skin conditions. Ingredients to spot include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, the AAD explains. You should also avoid those that contain fragrances or oils.

Follow these tips, and you're set to deal best with oily skin

As you can see, it's easy to improve oily skin as long as you know what to do and avoid doing. A diet consisting of healthy food is important, with oily meals crossed off the list. Making a habit of exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing with the right ingredients also help your skin. Working out opens up pores and removes toxins from your body, while sun protection maintains the healthy appearance of your face. As long as you invest time and effort in these do's and don'ts, you should be able to see the results in no time.

Resources— Allure, American Academy of Dermatology, Kosmea, Ustraa