Oily skin can really be a curse for their proneness to breakouts and zits, but on the flip side people with this skin type are less likely to get wrinkles and laugh lines much early in life. Since, every skin type is different, one skin care regime would not suit them all and for oily skin, it can get particularly difficult to keep them mattified throughout the day.
Oily skin is generally genetic but it could also be triggered by hormonal changes, wrong diet pregnancy, birth control pills and changes in temperature. This skin type is characterized by large pores, black and white heads, acne and visible shine, especially along the T zone.
Nothing speeds up breakout and acne more than a wrong diet. Yes, those fries and sodas taste great but the oil and sugar content are disastrous for those with an oily skin. Add a couple of cups of caffeine and you have the perfect recipe for acne prone tendencies. Fatty acids, caffeine, sugar and citrus fruits have been proven to make oily skin greasier and lead to breakouts. In fact, in some cases, even milk has been reported to disrupt hormones as they are derived from lactating animals.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water to flush out the toxins from the body and opt for juices and green tea instead. Some people tend to wash their face often to get rid of the natural oil. You should at most wash your face thrice a day, no matter what your skin type is. Keep a wad of blotting paper to absorb oil from your face while you are on the go.
Cleanse your face once in the morning and once at night and instead of the normal milk cleanser, go for astringents. If you tend to wear a lot of makeup, always remove them before cleansing your face and never ever sleep with your makeup on. Even generally sleeping in your makeup is bad for the health of the skin but for those with an oily skin type, this could spell doom. Stale makeup would further enlarge the pores on the skin and react with bacteria leading to pimples.
Always use makeup that is suitable to oily skin type. Cosmetic products that are gel based, is a much preferred option than the ones with greasy cream as the base. Read the label before buying any makeup product.
A general myth that seems to be doing the round is that since oily skin type is naturally greasy, one does not need to moisturize it further. The notion is to hydrate the skin and not just add a layer of grease on it. The natural oil secreted by the body does not hydrate your skin and there are moisturizers for oily skin type that both hydrates the skin and mattifies it to reduce shine.
Apart from moisturizer, a sunscreen is a complete must. Here again, there is a plethora of variety available for this skin type and you can take your pick from the best brands in the market. Clarins, Nutrogena Ultra Sheer dry touch and Clinique City Block are some great options for oily skin.
A clay based makeup mask can do wonders for that extra oil secretion and shine. Clay or fullers earth are especially great if you add a few drops of rose water and lime juice. The mask absorbs the excess oil and also reduces any pigmentation or scar marks over a period of time.
Taking multivitamin supplements has been deemed good for oily skin and some dermatologists also suggest taking medicine for hormonal imbalance, one of the major causes for oily skin.
Follow these steps for a healthy glowing skin that you would love to show off to the world.