There are many causes of oily skin such as your genetics and the environment. Being in humid and hot weather (like Malaysia!) tend to stimulate the secretion of sebum, leading to more oil on the skin. Oh, aren’t we lucky? Conversely, dry and cold climates, skin can dry out, causing oil glands to overwork to compensate.
Signs of oily skin:
- Your skin becomes oily shortly after cleansing
- Your skin seems oily & shiny throughout the day
- Makeup is sliding off your face
- You have acne & blackheads (clogged pores)
- Your skin rarely feels dry, instead feels greasier
How about combination skin? Combination skin may have oily T-zone (nose, forehead & chin) but with dry cheeks. The following tips apply for both oily & combination tips.
These methods take time, with the right skin care routine and the right products, you will soon achieve a more balanced hydrated skin. You may still have oilier days due to hormonal changes or climate, but it will be a lot better than where you are now.
5 Tips to Cure Oily Skin
1. Avoid Letting your skin dry
Think about it: your skin is producing extra oil because it thinks its necessary. Drying your skin out will make your skin produces even more oil. Unfortunately, most cleansers and toners formulated for oily skin in the market is designed to strip your skin of your natural oils. In return, your skin will produce more oils to compensate. It becomes this vicious cycle of [over-drying the skin – skin produce more oil- drying the skin].
So the tips here, pick a gentle cleanser, and gentle toner. Avoid ingredients like salicylic acid and alcohol as they tend to cause dryness.
If your skin feels tight after washing or toning, stop using the product.
2. Use oils!
How many times have we heard that for oily skin you need to use oil-free moisturizers? On the contrary, oily skin can benefit greatly with the right oils. Oils can help moisturize the skin and return skin balance. As a result, the skin can ‘relax’ and reduce its oil production.
Use oils in place of your moisturizer. Or add 1-2 drops into your regular moisturizer. However, not all oils are equal. Some heavier oils can clog the pores and cause breakouts in oily skin.
Some widely available oils for oily skin are; Argan Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oils. Make sure they are cold-processed oils. Oils to avoid are: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Marula Oil. Jojoba Oil is also widely used, but use with caution for oily skin as it may still be comedogenic.
3. Stop constantly blotting your skin
It’s so satisfying to blot your skin to see the oils on the blotting paper. But if you are constantly blotting your skin, it can also strip all your natural oils -again as we have discussed, produces more oil production. So, try to reduce blotting to only once during the day.
4. Do not overwash skin!
Harsh cleanser, over-exfoliating causes dryness and damages your skin barrier. When your skin barrier is damaged, it can’t do its job to protect & regulate your skin. Exfoliating also includes drying your skin with a towel! Instead, pat down your towel to dry your skin.
5. Reduce sugar & refined carbs
Overeating sugar spikes your blood sugar levels. The body responds by producing more insulin, which in turn encourages the glands to produce more oil and heightens your risk of oily skin and developing acne.
Had too much sugar that day? Drink an apple cider vinegar (ACV) concoction to help bring your insulin down. Mix 1-2 tablespoon of ACV into a tall glass of iced water. Add stevia & cinnamon to taste. You can drink this daily to keep skin clear and helps to control your weight.