Oct 22

8 Ways to Control Oily Skin

Oily skin is caused by the overproduction of sebum, a fatty substance that our skin uses to moisturize itself. However, too much of it gives us a bad look and may even result to clogged pores and acne. The following are eight ways to control you sebum production and avoid oily skin.

1. Use a weekly facial mask. Apply a deep-cleansing facial mask on your face once a week. Make sure it contains clay, to better absorb the excess oil on your skin, as well as shea butter and honey, as these ingredients soothe the skin and prevent it from drying.

2. Be careful with using foundations. Some foundations can clog pores, causing sebum to build up inside until it breaks out on your skin. Choose light-texture foundations that have mattifying or oil-controlling properties; if possible, just use powder instead. Always remove your makeup before you sleep.

3. Choose the right cleanser. It’s recommended that you use a cleanser only twice a day. Ideally, your first cleanser should contains salicylic acid, another element that soak up oil; and then use a milder cleanser later on. Avoid overusing cleansers as this may remove all the oils that are actually necessary to keep your skin healthy.

4. Exfoliate moderately. Exfoliating speeds up the regeneration of your skin, sloughing off dead skin cells to give way to new ones. However, do it too often and your skin may become sensitive and prone to irritation. If your facial scrub leaves your face feeling parched or tight, it’s either too harsh or you’re overusing it.

5. Watch your diet. Aside from your genes and environment (read: irritants), the oil on your skin is controlled by the food and drinks you take in. Spicy foods and alcohol causes you to perspire and your blood vessels to dilate, thus giving you an oily look. Eat more vitamin A-rich foods instead, as these can slow down sebum production.

6. Keep your skin hydrated. Oil on your skin doesn’t immediately mean it’s properly hydrated, so don’t skip using moisturizers—just make sure to use oil-free gels and lotions instead of heavy cream to avoid clogged pores. Of course, you can always drink more water to hydrate your skin.

7. Don’t overuse toners. Toners are not intended for daily use; in fact, you should only use them once or twice a week as overuse can result to skin sensitivity, making your skin prone to acne breakout. Do not use toners with menthol, camphor, drying alcohols or peppermint.

8. Always use sunscreen. Sunscreen may feel oily on your hands, but it will actually help you control oil and shine on your face. Choose ones with oil-absorbing properties or those with denatured alcohol (for a matte effect). Apply about a teaspoon mineral-based sunblock before you go out.

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