If you’re going through blotting sheets like whoa or frustrated by zits that won’t quit, you’re probably wondering what about you or your skin care regimen is amiss.
Apart from genetics, other factors — such as your daily activity, hot environments, or your hormonal stage in life — can exacerbate oily skin. So, how do you deal? Here are six ways to take your skin from slick and greasy to luminous.
1. Find a great cleanser.
However, whether you go with an oil-based cleanser or not, steering clear of anything with alcohol and going for as gentle of a formula as your skin will take, since harsh formulas may remove more oil than you need. You don’t want excess oil [on your skin] because that can feed bacteria, but you also don’t want to strip your skin of all its fatty acids.
2. Properly clean your face, back, and chest.
Choose a gentle cleanser and use it at least twice a day to normalize oil levels. Instead of reaching for toner every day, use it once or twice a week at most and make a leave-on cream your go-to for controlling oil production. Overusing toner can lead to overly sensitive skin, skin so sensitive it may not be able to tolerate an acne regime so opt for a cream low in benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. All in all, caring for oily skin is about measure and balance.
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Dehydration can stress glands to produce more oil. For daily hydration, use a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid rather than ceramides, which can lock in bacteria and lead to pimples.
4. Consult a dermatologist early.
Some certain brands and websites perpetuate unhealthy fads and myths about the skin. Rather than play a guessing game, defer to your dermatologist. And if you’re struggling with comedonal, or mild, acne (blackheads and whiteheads) at any age, see your dermatologist before it worsens and becomes harder to treat.
5. Choose your makeup wisely.
When it comes to your skin, Avoiding pore-clogging products like liquid foundations or other products that feel heavy. Choose mousse-based foundations for their silky layers, aerosolized foundations work well too. If there’s only a little you wish to cover up, choose powder over foundation. Regardless of your product.
So when you are buying your skin care product next time make sure you look out for these components in the ingredients.
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