Too much shine on your forehead? Do you feel like washing your face in the middle of the day? Does it seem like your skin pumps more oil than a well in Texas?
Oil is a part of normal, healthy skin but many of us end up with too much of a good thing. To put your best face forward, check out these simple, six steps to control oily skin once and for all.
Avoid washing your face too many times a day, which can cause dryness that leads to even more oil production. Instead, cleanse your face after you wake up and before you go to bed using a gentle product (avoid bar soap and anything with gritty physical exfoliators). Use your fingers to work the cleanser over your skin instead of using irritating cloths or puffs. Rinse with warm water and daub dry with a soft, clean towel.
Some people think that it isn’t necessary to moisturize oily skin. Yet, dermatologists say that avoiding moisturizer forces your skin to produce more oil. In other words, even oily skin needs hydration. To rebalance oil production and keep your skin fresh and glowing, apply a lightweight, moisturizer every time you wash your face.
Oily or dry, skin can suffer damage from the sun. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a broad-spectrum sunscreen can prevent skin cancer and premature aging. In fact, sun exposure can cause the face to become even oilier. To help prevent oil buildup while protecting your skin, try a lightweight mousturizer like CeraVe’s AM Facial Moisturizng Lotion.
For those who wear makeup, look for mineral-based products because they won’t contribute to adult acne and provide smooth coverage. Also, keeping your hair clean and away from your face will prevent oil from your hair making its way to your skin.
Absorbing excess oil with a special blotting paper can quickly and easily reduce shininess on your face. We like Boscia's refreshing Green Tea & Peppermint papers and Sephora offers papers with blemish-fighting glacial clay and salicylic acid. If you don’t have a blotting pad handy, a soft, clean napkin will work just as well.
As the seasons and your body change, adjust your routine to meet your skin’s needs. If you have dryer skin in the winter and oily skin during the summer, you might need to switch cleansers and moisturizers for each season. Let your skin be the guide and see what fits you best.
Rachel Duran is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer.