Having oily skin has got to be the trickiest skin types to have, although having other types is no walk in the park. In my opinion however, oily skin types are often met with a continuous change of opinions on how they should treat their skin. It can become overwhelming and frustratingly confusing a lot of the time. Which is why today I am going to explore more about how oily skin is best treated and the best tips about finding a skincare routine will work for you. With this I hope to answer some of your popular questions, such as should I wash my face in the morning if I have oily skin, so let’s dive right on in and see what we discover in today’s blog post.
How often should I wash my face if I have oily skin?
When it comes to having oily skin there is a constant yearning of needing to feel “clean.” This is due to the fact the production of sebum (the natural oil in your skin that escapes through the pores) is a lot more frequent than other skin types. At times this overproduction can create a number of skin problems, such as spots, acne, blackheads and an all-over shiny appearance that often makes it difficult for makeup and other skincare products to penetrate and remain on the skin all day.
Though it may feel overwhelming for those with oily skin to want to wash their skin a lot more, this can in fact cause more problems if you start cleansing the skin when you don’t actually need to. Twice a day is considered the most effective way of keeping on top of the skin’s health, preventing any skin concerns that often result from the overuse of products containing harsh ingredients that strip the skin. When you over-wash the face, especially with formulations that contain high levels of potent chemical exfoliants or foaming agents you will unintentionally remove all the oil from the surface layers of the skin, which will then lead to the it’s natural protective barrier unable to function properly resulting in the skin over-producing sebum to make up for anything it is lacking. You can see the vicious cycle that can easily develop, more washing meaning more oil and vice versa.
How do you wash your face if you have oily skin?
To maintain a healthy skin and effective daily skincare routine there are some ingredients to look out for in the formulas of your products, we will share these and some tips on keeping the skin happy too.
- Look for gel and light weight formulas for skin cleansers that provide gentle and foam very slightly
- Avoid foaming agents or SLS in the formulations
- Use active levels of salicylic acid or glycolic acid to help keep the pores clear of bacteria, dirt and debris whilst giving the skin a healthy appearance
- Cleanse the skin twice a day, in the morning and in the evening to keep it clean but not stripped of any oils
- Use a flannel to remove the product, this will provide some gentle exfoliation and help to completely remove any traces of product remaining on the skin
- Avoid any cream or heavy textured balm cleansers as these really benefit dry and sensitive skin types more
- Once you have cleansed the skin, you can follow this step with an acid toner, serum and moisturiser that have the best formulas for your skin type. The biggest mistake people do with oily skin is deprive their faces of the nourishing steps of the skincare routine.
There you have some advice on what to do with your skin and how to wash it, particularly if you have an oily skin type.
Why is my face so oily in the morning?
Everyone’s skin self-lubricates, as discussed, sebum is naturally provided by the skin and by now you know how oily skin types have to endure an overproduction of sebum. This is simply a result of you getting the sleep your body needed. Our skin rejuvenates and repairs itself while you are asleep and so waking in the morning with excess sebum is a clear sign that the skin has completed its task during the night. This is simply corrected by cleansing the skin and applying your daily routine.
What should you not do if you have oily skin?
Here I wanted to share with you some tips to follow which should help you to avoid when you an oily skin type.
- Avoid cleansing the skin too much as this will prevent oils being stripped resulting in sebum overproduction
- Don’t not use harsh skin ingredients as these will not only cause excess oil but also irritation
- Avoid products containing ingredients such as shea butter as these can clog the pores and cause more oil
- Ensure you visit a dermatologist for a consultation to find the best products for your skin
- Don’t miss out of using serums and moisturisers, there are formulas enriched with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid that can benefit the skin without causing skin problems
There you have some advice on what to avoid when you have an oily skin type. Remember that if you are feeling “squeaky clean” you have probably overused your skincare products and stripped the skin. although you may have oily skin, it doesn’t mean you can approach skincare in rough and heavy-handed manner. Gentle formulas that contain high performing ingredients such as AHAs and BHAs will result in you achieving complexion clarity.
Can I wash my face with water only?
As refreshing as it may feel to splash your skin with water, it will not help you achieve your skin goals. By introducing effective skin ingredients, such as chemical exfoliants, vitamin C and retinol, you will establish a powerful routine that can help penetrate the lower layers of the skin (something water could never do) and keep the pores clear and complexion looking healthy.
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