Since my teenage, I hadn’t missed a day to pray for a clear, balanced skin. If there’s one thing that people with oily or combination skin know, it’s that the road to clear, balanced skin is about as elusive as finding your soul mate.
There are way too many people, advises, myths and products telling you what to do but the more you fail to tackle your skin the deeper you are in desperation!
Do I sound exasperated? Welll.. years of trying all possible remedy and failing in almost all, the large variety of skin problems, acne, uneven patches, comedos can be hard on even the most patient person on the earth.
It took me years to cope and now, at a pretty ripe age I can assure myself that I can deal with it with a good degree of success. Sharing with you my biggest learnings.
First of all, don’t feel down. You might not be able change it, but you can keep things under control. Just remember:
Cleanse with an oil-based cleanser for balanced skin.
Yes, you read that right and I am not deranged.
It’s a bit ironic and probably feels counterintuitive, since you’ve been programmed to look for the word ‘oil-free’ in your products all your life. But cleansing oils bind with the sebum inside your pores and they both get washed away while rinsing, leaving you with clean, smooth, balanced skin. Bonus: they’re also great at removing makeup.
Try: Oil cleansing – it gently removes grime and makeup, doesn’t leave a filmy residue, never clogs your pores, and leaves skin feeling super soft and cleansed without feeling dry in the process.
Greasy skin does NOT equal grimy skin.
A shiny T-zone before noon or frequent breakouts might trick you into thinking that dirt and pollution are the culprits. But, excessively oily skin is really the result of your hormones acting up, stimulating your sebaceous glands to enlarge, produce more oil. This false belief is perhaps what drives people to over-cleanse, stripping the skin of its essential oils and tragically causing more oil production and more breakouts. Vicious cycle.
Alcohol-based product is is not your friend.
Alcohol might seem like an obvious choice to counter oily skin but it does more harm than good. You never want to strip your skin of moisture, which is what alcohol does; instead, an alcohol-free toner will soothe and balance your skin
Try: Rosewater is great for rebalancing oily or combination skin, especially when it’s used in its pure form. Toners with Tea tree oil is excellent if you have acne.
Exfoliation is probably the most important part of your skincare regime if you have oily, combination or acne-prone skin. But it’s utmost important to get it right. Removing the buildup of dead cells means fewer blocked pores and zits, but don’t go overboard. Over-scrubbing will dry your skin out and worsen acne problem.
If you have acne or sensitive skin, instead of scrubbing your skin with granular exfoliator, your safe bet is salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid. It gently exfoliates the surface of your skin, allowing a clear passage of sebum through your pores and then whisking it away when it reaches the surface. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that calm and control oil production and fade acne scars over time.
“Choosing a suitable face scrub – For oily and combination skin”
You need a moisturizer.
Oils is not moisture. And lack of moisture can cause more oil secretion. Cleansing and toning your skin, while an essential part of any skincare regime, also removes all existing moisture regardless of how oily your skin was before. This needs to be replenished; for combination skin, a lightweight lotion formulated to balance out areas of excessive oiliness and dryness will do the trick while if you have extremely oily skin, an oil-free or gel-based moisture is best for you. Finding the right one sometimes takes a bit of trial and error, but it’s totally worth it.
Read this link to know more about the best ones you can use:
“Read this before you pick moisturizer for your oily skin!”
Stop piling makeup on.
How many times have you patted extra bit of foundation or concealer in an attempt to hide your blemishes? Totally understandable, but here’s the thing; over time, cosmetics will block your pores, worsening your problem. It will lead your skin to produce more oil and eventually make things worse.
Wear mineral foundation when you can; it’s been proven to improve skin over time, and won’t ever clog your pores. If you’re worried about makeup sliding off your skin, start things out with a matte primer specially formulated for oily skin. The oil-free products are worth a try but again minimalist approach is the best.
Last but not the least!
I regret why I didn’t get these tips when I was a teenager! It would have saved so much of trouble.
Now, I love my skin because,
It’s not all bad. You might not feel good on a greasy day or when you’re dealing with one breakout after another, but there are some things to look forward to, like fewer wrinkles in the long run. Oily skin ages at a much slower rate than any other skin type, because all that extra sebum helps you, as you age and when skin tends to lose moisture. Sure, oily skin isn’t always a joy to live with and you really have to give lot of effort compared to your normal skinned counterparts.
Remember, with the right products and care, perfectly clear, healthy skin is so super-achievable!