Dealing with excessively oily skin can be really stressful - especially if you can’t find products that are light and effective enough to control the oil and not clog your pores. Need help with your oily skin? Here it is!
What exactly causes oily skin?
Oily skin is the result of an over-production of a substance called sebum, which is meant to keep your skin hydrated. People with oily skin usually have large, visible pores and can struggle with pimples and blackheads due to these pores getting clogged.
Oily skin is caused by a variety of factors, from the products you may use, to genetics, age, and hormones. People with this skin type are also more likely to be acne prone, and if this is the case for you, then it’s a good idea to see a dermatologist so that they can help treat it from the root, rather than just topically.
How can you manage it?
Oil-free, gel-based and foam cleansers like our Rescue Me All Purpose Soothing Gel are great for managing oily skin. Contrary to what you may have heard, having oily skin doesn’t mean your skin is necessarily hydrated, so you’ll need a good, lightweight moisturiser, too. Our Sun Protect Natural SPF Moisturiser is great for oily skin in hot weather because it nourishes the skin and protects against sun damage, without clogging your pores.
You also want to be careful not to over-exfoliate your oily skin since this can irritate it and cause it to produce even more oil. So, cleanse twice a day and exfoliate about 2-3 times weekly. It’s also a good idea to make a note of foods that make your skin oilier or cause breakouts, so that you can start avoiding them, and wash your face immediately after a workout to prevent dirt build-up.
Your oily skin doesn’t have to be impossible to maintain. Shift your focus from oil control to nourishing your skin and taking care of its needs holistically and you’ll start to see more of a balance.