Anyone with greasy skin knows how difficult is it to struggle with all that sticky oil on the face. The grease on your face is called sebum. But obeying the right skincare routine can bring this excess sebum production under control.
Everyone's skin is different so you must understand your body first. Knowing that the proper skincare routine can do miracles you once thought were impossible is necessary. It helps battle against common skin problems like acne, blackhead and blemishes. Understanding how crucial the proper skincare routine is, we've delved deep to develop a skincare routine that's just for you.
How To Rectify If Your Skin Type Is Oily?
Humans have a gland called, the sebaceous gland, this gland is responsible for sebum production—the problem of this gland producing excessive sebum results in oily skin.
Figuring out if you've oily skin is not tough. Initially, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, pat dry and then leave your skin idle, do not use any skincare or make products for another 30 minutes. If you see your skin shining, or grease when you touch your skin, that indicates you have oily skin. Another way is to check by using a tissue a few minutes after you wake up, If the tissue gets oily, you know what it is. The oil generally builds up around the cheekbones, nose, forehead also chin.
Has it ever happened that your skin pores look enlarged but get normal as soon as you wash your skin? Or does your make-up wear off quickly? All these are signs of oily skin and of course, another way is to look out for blackheads and breakouts, they appear around the oilier areas.
Causes of Oily Skin
1. Your Skincare Product Is The Reason
If you always had normal skin and all of a sudden it changed to oily then it's likely that it's not you but your skincare product. Constant use of the same product can interfere with your skin's pH balance. It also rips off all the natural oil from your skin and hence your sebaceous gland will produce more oil to compensate. Hence, pay heed to all these small details, the way you would do for a child. So, make sure your daily skincare routine aims to add hydration and nourishment to your skin.
2. Ignoring Moisturizer
If you skip moisturizing your skin too then you're no different because a lot of people do that. It's believed that it's often good for people with oily skin to skip the step. However, the right moisturizer is crucial to keep the skin in its healthiest form and control oil production. As we mentioned in our previous blogs too, look out for moisturizers with Hyaluronic acid, it's a great moisturizing agent.
3. Genetics Play Role
If you have an ancestry of oily skin running down your family, it's you may likely have an over-active sebaceous gland due to the very same genetics. Do not have the misconception that this cannot be fixed, a proper skincare routine can fix this as well.
4. Overdoing The Routine
When you're fighting with your oily skin throughout the day, it's normal to constantly feel the urge to exfoliate or cleanse your skin to make it look clean. But in reality, overdoing it has a counter effect. Constantly exfoliating or cleansing your skin will strip all its natural oil. Do not think that sebum is a problem, as it's essential to retain the moisture in your skin. Eventually, your skin will produce more sebum to cope with the loss.
5. Excessive Stress
Higher stress levels destroy the way your skin looks and this has a scientific reason attached. When our stress levels are high, the body releases a stress hormone called Cortisol right into the bloodstream. The presence of Cortisol boosts the production of sebum which eventually leads to more breakouts and blackheads.
Skincare Routine For Oily Skin
1. Use A Gentle Cleanser
As soon as you wake up, it's much preferred to use a mild cleanser to cleanse your face without having that dry look. Any foam-based or gel-based cleanser will just do the work. Since you have oily skin, look out for cleansers that have an addition of salicylic acid to them. This ingredient goes deep into the pores and eliminates the excess sebum that's clogged insides. Make sure, not to use this more than twice a day.
2. Opt For Matte Sunscreen
Using SPF whenever you're outdoors is important to protect your skin from the harmful effect of UV rays. But for anyone with oily skin, this is still a struggle. SPF is greasy and sticky and can worsen the conditions of people with oily skin. Lookout for gel or powder-based sunscreen, also the matte finish it leaves is great to have under your make-up.
3. Oil-free moisturizers
What type of moisturizer does anyone with oily skin need? Oil-free, right? Look out for moisturizers that have the word 'Non-comedogenic' labelled on them. Such moisturizers contain humectants (hydrating agents) like hyaluronic acid which is lightweight and hence the best for oily skin.
4. Look For Alcohol-Free Toner
We use a toner for gently cleansing the skin and to help the skin absorb any skincare product used post its application. Since toners are supposed to be mild, they are great for oily skin. Only a good-quality, alcohol-free toner will balance the skin's pH levels and bring out your glow.