How To Control Oily Skin Throughout The Day

How To Control Oily Skin Throughout The Day

Living with oily skin can be a confusing problem. For example, using a face wash can feel pointless, while makeup only worsens your skin. And who wants to re-apply mattifying powder every few hours? In addition, oily skin is the ideal breeding ground for acne, something no one ever wants to have. Oily skin needs particular attention, and the wrong ingredients or habits will worsen everything. Your goal should be to control excess sebum, not eliminate it. But, on the other hand, drying your skin will encourage sebaceous glands to make more oil. So to balance things out and get a handle on overactive sebaceous glands, here are nine things you could try:

  1. Wash Your Face Only Twice A Day

Oily skin can make you want to scrub your skin clean several times a day because it looks or feels "greasy." But it's crucial to limit washing your face to twice a day or after sweating. Overdoing it will strip away the good natural oils, and some sebum is needed for healthy, balanced skin. Don't forget to cleanse your skin after using a cleansing oil to remove excess oil and dirt. Please avoid using salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide products because although these ingredients fight acne, they're also very drying. Consider using them in spot treatments instead of a daily wash; this way, you can avoid exposing healthy skin to harsh effects.

2. Use A Cleansing Oil

A cleansing oil might seem the opposite of what you need, but it's vital. It breaks down oil, dirt, and most all makeup while still adding moisture to your skin. It's a staple in Korean skincare routines and has become more popular in the United States. A good suggestion is sea buckthorn berry oil because it's proven to control excess oil. You could also try jojoba oil which mimics sebum to trick sebaceous glands into producing less oil and help keep skin levels balanced.

3. Try Using A Green Tea Toner

Toners help tighten your pores and remove extra oil. You can find several different toners but use a green tea toner or product that contains green tea as an ingredient. The antioxidants in green tea control inflammation, sebum, and bacteria, making it an excellent choice for oily skin. If you want to make your own, all you have to do is steep organic green tea leaves in warm water and then put the tea into a spray bottle and spritz the solution on your face after cleansing.

4. Moisturize Your Face

Oily skin still needs to stay hydrated. Dryness will make your glands work even harder and overproduce oil if you forget to moisturize. Instead, use a water-based moisturizer with zero fragrance because this will keep your pores from being burdened with more oils.

5. Use A Face Mask A Few Times A Week

Oily skin is more susceptible to breakouts and acne, so treating your skin to a face mask 2–3 times a week will help unclog pores and remove trapped oil and dirt. It's also a relaxing and easy way to give your skin a boost. In addition, a face mask with oil-absorbing ingredients will handle excess sebum ruining your routine. Finally, try to look for face masks that include hyaluronic acid or alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) for extra effectiveness.

6. Use Honey In Your Skincare Routine

Honey is a rare remedy that works for everyone. It not only reduces oil but hydrates the skin and kills acne-causing bacteria. Add organic non-flavored honey to your face masks, use it as a spot treatment, or spread some on your face every other day for a few minutes before washing it off. You can also look for professional or organic skincare products to replace your old ones; as long as honey is an ingredient, you should see improvements.

7. Eat Green And Clean

Eating healthy and using clean ingredients when you cook is never wrong. Besides, switching to dark, leafy vegetables and fruits, nuts, and whole grains can give your skin the nutrition it needs to stay healthy; exercise and enough sleep can go a long way in improving the appearance of your skin.

8. Exfoliate With Oatmeal Once A Week

A critical skincare practice is to remove dead skin cells, oil, and dirt on your skin. Regular exfoliation will prevent excess sebum in skin cells from getting clogged and breaking out. Natural ingredients like oatmeal will exfoliate your skin without drying it out too much. Combine ground organic oats with organic honey and gently exfoliate your skin before washing it off. Avoid exfoliating more than two times a week because scrubbing too much can cause more irritation and redness.

9. Keep A Blotting Paper Handy

The uncomfortable hassle of dealing with excessively greasy skin makes it seem like your skin is always sweating. And since constantly powdering your face will only give it a caked-on look, it is best to carry blotting paper with you. Even though thin, small papers can't prevent the oil from being produced in the first place, they do an excellent job minimizing the shine that oily skin brings. With papers, you can blot away at the oiliness whenever you'd like to. They're inexpensive and readily available at most drugstores.

Ingredients To Incorporate Into Your Skincare Routine:

  • Papaya: combats oil and bacteria
  • Clay: absorbs oil
  • Egg whites: tightens pores
  • Lemon: tightens pores
  • Tea Tree: reduces oil production
  • Jojoba Oil: balances oil production
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: natural AHA that increases cell turnover
  • Lavender: kills acne-causing bacteria

Do not forget to do a patch test when using a new product. First, apply a small amount to your neck or inner wrist. Then, wait a few hours and look for any irritation or signs of redness. It is likely safe to use on your face if you don't see any. Everyone's skin is different, and what may work for some may not work for others. Don't forget to use SPF daily with any other products, no matter what you do. 

Jan 14th 2022 Skin Beauty

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