First and foremost, don’t get discouraged or upset if you have oily skin. There’s nothing wrong with your skin; it just needs a different kind of care and you’re beautiful with or without oily skin.
Got it? OK, good! Now, let’s continue…
We know that keeping your skin clean and pimple free has been a challenge and perhaps it has been a challenge for quite some time. In fact, you might even think that you tried just about anything on the market.
The truth is, don’t sweat about it, because we’ll cover everything you need to know in order to take the best care of your skin.
Oily skin problems include acne and breakouts, because the bacteria that causes acne feeds happily on the oils and the dirt that’s trapped in them. So, our objective is to get rid of the bad oil that the bacterium feeds on.
Quick tip: Don’t over-dry your skin, that’s a no-no and a common misconception.
Caring for Your Oily Skin
Sure, oily skin can be a little high maintenance, but it’s not the end of the world. The secret to keeping your skin healthy is to keep it clean and to use the right products.
In the morning, wash with a non-soap cleanser. Pat (don’t rub) your skin dry, and if you are going out, apply a non-oily sunscreen. Even if you have a darker complexion, you should still apply sunscreen in order to avoid sunspots. Also, drink plenty of water; hydration is extremely important for oily skin.
What products should you use on your face?
You may be tempted to use a lot of products in order to get your skin under control (so-to-speak). However, using a lot of products can do more harm than good. Also, some of these products are eye-poppingly expensive and can be unnecessary.
So, what do you do? This is best answered by your esthetician and here’s why:
- You avoid putting your skin through continuous damage with the wrong products – products that are not designed for your specific skin type.
- Just because the label on a product says “For oily skin,” it doesn’t mean it’s right for your skin.
- You save time and money (seriously!)
- It’s ideal to get an expert’s opinion of the best morning and nighttime regimen. We sometimes suggest more or less of a particular product and sometimes less is more.
Ingredients that can do more harm than good for oily skin are astringents, which is counterintuitive since astringents are supposed to get rid of excess oil. The problem with astringents is that the skin can be so dried out that the body compensates by producing even more oil. Harsh soaps and scalding hot water do much of the same to oily skin.
If you enjoy an occasional cigarette, try to reconsider. Tobacco smoke depresses the levels of vitamin A in the body; Vitamin A is crucial to keeping skin healthy.
Avoid oil-based makeup. Your makeup should not clog your pores and make sure to never go to sleep with makeup on; it’s not worth it.
As previously mentioned, drink plenty of water; not tea, coffee or juice. Hydration is very important, so grace your skin with clean and fresh water several times a day.
Our skin responds to stress in various ways, so try lowering your stress level. Read a relaxing book, meditate, book a spa day and definitely come for a facial; it’s relaxing and your skin will love your for it!
Still confused and don’t know if your skincare regimen is the best? Give us a call at DermApproach and we’ll help you put your best face forward (quite literally) so you can conquer your goals and problem skin will be a thing of the past.