To keep skin healthy oils are produced by body. But excess of everything is bad.
Same is the case with our body, if our body produces oil in excess it leads to acne flare ups and blemishes.
You may have a thought that how our body produces oil.
To understand that you have to study little science. (it is not that tough)
Androgens are the hormones in our body which produces oil. It is a male hormone but are present in both men and women.
Healthy oil production by androgens truly benefit your skin but it becomes a problem when androgen stimulate too much oil. When too much oil is produced, the size of the pores in our skin increases so as to accumulate excess oil production. Also excess of androgens can cause the pore lining to thicken, which blocks oil to get out of the pore and this results in white bumps and black heads.
Phewww!!! Finally science stuff is over.
Fortunately there are plenty of ways to take care of oily skin.
But before that you should know which products to use for oily skin.
Which Products not to use for oily skin?
Using products with irritating and drying ingredients may seem like a good idea because they will make your skin feel less oily, at-least initially but it is a bad idea to use such kind of products in long run.
Drying or irritating ingredients only makes things worse as they actually trigger more oil production in the oil gland.
Sometimes after using a product you may feel a stinging sensation on your skin. Such products contains menthol, mint, lemon or alcohol. You may feel this stinging sensation might be helping your skin but this is not the case.
When you feel a stinging sensation, it means something is irritating the skin and it is always bad for skin. Stinging is a way of skin to tell you it is not good and in long run it may cause more damage.
Also products that contains pore clogging or emollient ingredients are bad for oily skin. These products will only make your skin worse.
TIP: consider using only liquid or gel formulations instead of using thick lotions or creams.
So now that you are clear which products are bad for your oily skin. I will tell you the step by step routine of how to take care of oily skin.
Step by step process of how to take care of oily skin
According to Richard Golgau, clinical professor of dermatology at University of California at San Francisco – You can’t actually reduce size of large pores, but you can improve their appearance.
Hearing this you might be worried that “How will I improve appearance of large pores in my face”
If you can implement a step by step routine (mentioned below) to help control oil it will automatically improve appearance of large pores.
STEP 1: Cleanse your face regularly
Clean your face twice daily with a gentle, water soluble cleanser. Use a cleanser specially made for oily skin. These cleanser will clean your face without leaving any residue. Note that the cleanser that you will be using should not contain ingredients such as lauryl sulphate and should be fragrance free. (Fragrance is always irritating). A combination of water and right cleanser can go a very long way towards healthy and good looking skin.
STEP 2: Use Toner
An important step towards caring oily skin is to choose a toner that is alcohol free and contains anti-oxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. Toners containing these ingredients will help your skin become oil free, minimize large pores by reducing inflammation and removes the dead skin cells or makeup that leads to clogged pores.
STEP 3: Exfoliate your skin
Generally oily skin tends to form an extra thick layer of dead skin cells on the surface of skin along with thickened pore lining. To remove this build up exfoliating is the best technique.
If you are wondering what is exfoliating?
Give me the pleasure to answer your question.
Exfoliating is the technique of removal of dead skin cells from skin’s outermost surface. Exfoliating leaves the skin smoother and fresh looking.
You should exfoliate your skin with a scrub that contains ingredients such as alpha hydroxyl, salicylic acid or any other chemical exfoliator. Perform exfoliation atleast three times a week.
Recommended Scrubs for exfoliation
STEP 4: Use AM Sun Protection
A sunscreen is essential even if you have oily skin because sunscreen prevents wrinkles and reduces red marks. Initially I was very reluctant to use sunscreen because I thought they will make my skin more oily and greasy. And if you have also avoided sunscreen for same reasons, I have some good news for you.
Below are some options that will change your impression of sunscreen for good.
STEP 5: Use PM Hydration
Your skin need to function in a normal manner at night also. For this you have to choose a lightweight liquid or gel that does not contains any pore clogging ingredients and can provide hydration while treating your skin in a healthy manner. Below are some night creams that you will like.
STEP 6: Absorb Excess Oil
This is an optional step but as you see your skin becoming less oily you might want to use oil absorbing products daily, weekly or bi-weekly. Many people with oily skin found this step very helpful. You can absorb excess oil by blotting with paper blotting sheets or by applying mattifying creams.
Recommended blotting paper and mattifying creams
Some Last Minute Tips
Always remove your makeup before going to sleep as leaving it on will only lead to accumulation of makeup residue and oil at night, making your skin prone to breakouts.
Also avoid smoke and sun exposure as they cause loose skin and wrinkles causing saggy pores.
I hope you like this step by step routine to take care of your oily skin. Remember having oily skin have some benefits too like those with oily skin age slower and wrinkles formation is less.
See you next time with another post about oily skin.
What is your tip to take care of oily skin? Comment below.