A skin phase that all of us are familiar with, many of us have to go through and some of us go through again in our 30’s, 40’s and 50’is oily skin. It is not easy dealing with this issue, as it makes social functions and business events more stressful that may lead to scarring and makes or breaks a lot of people’s confidence regarding skincare.
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For healthy, happy skin it’s important to have a well-researched skincare routine that you follow regularly. But it’s also important to follow a few ‘rules’ that cater to your skin type. To help you better deal with oily and problem skin, here are few do’s and don’ts to keep the pimples and shine at bay.
Moisturize Every Day
There is so much misinformation out there regarding oily/problem skin, hence it bears worth repeating. If you don’t use a moisturizer, your skin will produce more oil and sebum to compensate, and that will lead to further breakouts. Re-hydrate the skin by using a mattifying moisturizer free of any harsh ingredients. By sealing moisture into the skin you’re not clogging your pores, you’re giving much needed hydration to the troubled skin.
Use Non-Comedogenic Products
Makeup can be the biggest culprit when it comes to clogging pores. If you have oily/problem skin, make sure that you’re using non-comedogenic skincare and makeup.
Start Using A Gentle Peel
Gentle peels can help target problem areas and leave the rest of the skin alone. Harsh exfoliation may seem like a solution but it can spread the oily problem areas around. Hence, opt for a chemical peel that targets dead skin and dirt buildup. Try different alpha hydroxy acids out there such as lactic acid or glycolic acid.
Commit To A Skincare Routine
The best thing for oily and problem skin is to commit following the basic steps of a skincare routine. Too many times those who suffer from oily skin ignore the problem hoping it’ll go away or they’ll grow out of it, but that’s not the right solution. Dedication, care and patience are needed to combat the skin issue.
Stress increases the skin problems. Practice meditation or yoga, work on time management or spend more time with a favorite hobby to reduce stress. Any methods you can find to wind down your anxiety and stress levels will be helpful for your skin.
Do Wash Every Day And Night
Oily skin needs a regular face-washing schedule. Choose a face wash that will clear oil and shine but won’t strip the natural oils. Use medicated acne cleanser which is soap-free, oil-free that balances pH, unclogs pores and treats breakouts.
Exposure to the sun can cause acne flare-ups. Hence, make sure you use a sunscreen daily. If you are worried about SPF exacerbating your skin, we recommend skin clarifying & mattifying sunscreen PF 30 PA+++ which clarifies and mattifies skin and is ideal for blemish-prone oily skin.
Choose The Right Makeup
Make sure to purchase makeup that works with your skin. Look for powders, concealers and foundations labeled “shine-free” and/or “mattifying.” Search for long-lasting when shopping for eye shadows and liners formulas that promise, “smudge-proof”, “crease-proof” and ”budge-proof” wear.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Always use a brush or a sponge instead of your fingers to apply makeup. Change the sponge before it accumulates germs. Also, wash the makeup brushes once in a week.
Poke Or Pick The Skin
It may look harmless but try to avoid it. Picking and poking at your skin spreads bacteria as well as oil around and combines it with the dirt on your fingers. It doesn’t help but worsens the skin condition. Seek help from a skincare professional. Always keep an overnight drying lotion with you.
Over-cleansing is not a solution. It may worsen the skin condition. The skin may become dry, itchy as well as prone to breakouts. Routine cleansing without overdoing it is all you need. Don’t cleanse your skin ‘til you’re red’.
Put Your Skin Under Pressure
This may not seem obvious but another cause of irritated skin is heat, friction, pressure and rubbing of the skin. Avoid points of hard skin contact from your clothing or accessories such as straps, bands and see if your skin improves.
Try A Bunch Of Skincare Products
When it comes to settling on products for oily problem skin, this is one of those cases where less is more. Using too many products introduces too many different ingredients to your skin, and you can’t be sure what exactly is helping or harming. Follow the recommendations of your esthetician and simplify your skin routine.
When faced with a breakout, it’s tempting to pile treatment after treatment onto the skin. This can be counter-productive as it doesn’t allow your products to do their job. It can also lead to red, inflamed skin. Instead try to be pro-active by treating skin to a once or twice a week treatment, like the sulfur acne mask which corrects and helps balance the natural skin chemistry to help prevent the formation of acne blemishes.
Sleep On A Dirty Pillowcase
Pillowcases absorb dirt, grease and grime and you spend eight hours a night resting your face on them. To keep your face clean, change your bed pillowcase frequently. Try to switch it out every other night. Clean the dirt and bacteria from your pillow. It is an important step to break the dreaded problem skin cycle.
Binge On Oily Food
Oily and fried food is a strict no-no if you have oily skin. It leads to the production of more oil and sebum and worsens skin conditions. Try eating hygienic and healthy if you want better, oil-free skin.
Touch Your Face Frequently
Don’t touch your face too often. People with oily skin often have this habit to touch their faces to see how much oil is there. But this should never be done as the dirt and germ present on your hand may get transferred to your face which can lead to serious breakout problems.