According to YOR Health, Our skin produces oil to protect it from environmental damage and drying. Unfortunately, many people struggle with too much oil production, leading to oily skin and a shiny appearance. Those with oily skin often resort to blotting away the excess oils, or scrub their faces with harsh cleaners in an attempt to control oil production. In this blog post, we’ll discuss five critical tips for combatting oily skin; each protects the skin while helping the body to find balance in oil production. Let’s get started!
Tip 1: Daily Vitamins
Your skin is nourished from the inside by vitamins. These vitamins can actually moderate oil production in the skin, and should be taken daily to regulate and control your skin’s appearance. Two of the best daily vitamins include:
- Vitamin A: vitamin A promotes healthy skin, including the production of connective and protective tissues. It can also regulate the skin’s natural production of oils. This leads to a more youthful appearance without the unsightly sheen of excess oil.
- Vitamin C: powerful antioxidant properties in vitamin C can rid the skin of harmful free radicals, which can create a dull skin tone. Vitamin C also promotes the production of a tissue protein called collagen that is responsible for the supple appearance of skin. Vitamin C also provides a boost to the immune system.
Tip 2: Cleansing the Skin
When faced with oily skin, many people reach for harsh cleaners in an attempt to strip away excess oils. This can actually lead to MORE oil production. Gentle cleansers that remove makeup and dirt without stimulating increased oil production are ideal; after cleansing, the face shouldn’t feel dry, tight, or irritated. Fragrance-free and non-comedogenic (preventing clogged pores and pimples) properties are factors one should look for when selecting the right facial cleanser.
Tip 3: Moisturizing the Skin
It may seem counterintuitive to add moisture to the face if you’re struggling with oily skin. However, skipping this critical step can cause oil glands to increase production of unwanted excess oils. Skin moisturizers should be rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and plant botanicals for maximum effectiveness, preserving your youthful appearance and keeping the skin healthy and protected from the elements.
Tip 4: Weekly Masks
Once a week, a deep cleaning mask is a great way to rid the skin of excess oils and accumulated grime. Doing a mask cleanse more often than once a week can lead to dryness and irritation, causing the oil glands to go into overdrive to replenish lost moisture. Just like the moisturizers you choose, masks should have antioxidants and vitamins to promote healthy skin. Antibacterial masks are also a good choice.
Tip 5: Regular Skin Evaluation
To see how your skin is improving with the tips above, it’s a great idea to periodically evaluate your progress. Snap a selfie every couple of months and examine it closely: does your skin appear oily? Has your acne improved, or has it gotten worse? How does your skin feel after cleansing; is it tight or dry feeling? Each of these clues can help you refine your daily/monthly skin care regimen. With the tips above, your skin will retain its youthful appearance and oil production is balanced to allow skin protection without that unsightly oily sheen.