Oily skin is a condition that we have all faced at some time in our life. That is unless you’re extremely lucky and have incredible skin that is never oily.
It’s a curse for many people and if you have this skin type I’m sure you will have wondered, “How do I get rid of oily skin?”
Good news first, it’s possible! However it will require daily management.
Think of your skin as a long-term project. It’s going to require time, dedication and potentially a bit of money at the start.
I’ll give you a bit of an understanding of oily skin and then some recommendations on how to manage it.
So why do we have oily skin?
Oil is created under the skin’s surface in the oil glands (medically known as the sebaceous glands). The reason it’s created is to keep the skin supple and prevent it from drying out. Without it, your skin would be dry and susceptible to cracking. I guess oily skin is a blessing after all!
The problems occur when your skin goes into overdrive and produces too much oil. This can happen for a number of reasons but the main one? Hormones!
Skin is a living organ and is always shedding dead skin cells from the top layer. More often than not, the dead skin cells combine with the oil on the skin’s surface and cause blockages in your pores. This can then lead onto blackheads and pimples.
How can we stop our skin overproducing oil?
There are two answers: internal and external treatments. Generally, external treatments don’t require a trip to the doctors, so I’ll touch on this. Internal treatments usually require some form of medicine that alters the way your oil glands function. Try using external treatments first as you can try this at home and buy most products over the counter.
Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise!
Use products that contain Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide.
Both of these chemicals increase the amount of dead skin cells that are removed and help to reduce oil production in the process. The quicker turnover helps prevent the oil and skin cells from combining and blocking pores and helps make the skin less likely to breakout.
I tend to use products with Salicylic Acid in as I find Benzoyl Peroxide to be too harsh, but try both out and see which works best for you.
I would recommend starting with trying Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Anti-Blackhead Deep Pore Wash and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. Both products have great reviews and can be used morning and night.
When using an astringent you may notice your skin becomes red or inflamed. Reduce the time when using it and slowly build your skin up to allow it time to adjust.
I would suggest having a good oil free moisturiser with no astringent properties to use as a night treatment to rehydrate the skin. I recommend the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream. Use this in replacement to your other night cream a couple of days a week if you’re noticing redness.
There is never a ‘one size fits all’ solution to helping your skin. It’s always worth having a skincare consultation with someone who can create a full routine that is suitable for you.
I hope you found this post informative. If you do have any questions regarding your skin, please leave a comment below or Tweet me and I’ll try my best to answer it.
Until next time,