People with oily skin know how painful it is when buying cosmetic products for their face. Having oily skin doesn’t do many favours as it can ruin your complexion as well as making you feel pointed out in public.

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Although oily skin doesn’t necessarily mean your skin isn’t healthy, by managing your skincare routine better and knowing all the little tips and tricks, your skin doesn’t have to be so oily. Although oil may be naturally produced by the skin and is completely normal, it doesn’t mean that we have to live with it when it becomes excessive.

Why Does the Skin Become Oily?

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Underneath your pores, belongs to what you call sebaceous glands. These glands produce the oil that comes out of our pores and is called sebum. Your pores secrete these oils to moisturize your skin naturally. Now with that being said, there are multiple reasons as to why your sebaceous glands are producing extra sebum.

This may be because of environmental factors making your skin dry, genetics or lifestyle. People may have oily skin because:

  • Exposure to dry weather leaving skin feeling dry and so extra sebum develops to keep the face moist
  • Have enlarged pores
  • Don’t moisturize enough
  • Not cleansing the skin properly
  • Overdoing skin cleansing
  • Using the wrong products

Skincare Tips for Oily Skin

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Having oily skin is not a lifelong condition. Even if it’s a genetic thing that has been running in your family for past generations, with proper care and maintenance of your skin, you can avoid the excess sebum. Try these 6 skincare tips to reduce oil production in your skin. 

1. Moisturise

Use a moisturizer as the last step after cleansing. Use a moisturizer whenever your face feels dry. Moisturizers will help skin feel hydrated and flexible. This will basically alarm the sebaceous glands that oil does not need to be produced as the skin is already moist. 

2. Avoid direct sunlight

Direct sunlight to your skin will dry it out and so the sebaceous glands will start producing oil out of the pores to keep it moist. Avoid sunlight whenever necessary. Wear a hat or a cover-up as it can also prevent sun damage to your skin.

3. Don’t overwash

A lot of people tend to ash their face every couple of hours to get rid of the shine from the excess oil on their face. This makes it’s worse and washing your face too often without proper moisturizing will make it even drier, and your face will produce more sebum. 

4. Use the right products for your skin type

There are skincare products that are specifically made for people with naturally oily skin. If you are buying skincare products that can dry out your face, even more, your condition may even worsen. Use skincare products that specifically target and breakdown oil.

This includes ingredients such as salicylic acid, beta-hydroxy acid, and benzoyl peroxide as they are known to cut through and break down oil. 

5. Avoid greasy and eat fresh

Avoid food triggers that you know may make your face oilier or promote acne breakouts. Some people say oily and greasy foods can increase oil production in the skin. Although more research needs to be done on this, avoid greasy and oily foods, eat more healthy and fresh foods as well as 

6. Be consistent with your skincare

Using the correct products and moisturizing may not be enough for some cases. Being consistent with your routine is the difference between great and mediocre results. There is no quick solution in skincare as its a never-ending journey.

Being consistent with your products and treatments is important as conditioning your skin to lessen its oil production takes time and effort. You won’t notice results after a few days as it may take a couple of weeks. 

Identifying Your Skin Type

Skincare Tips

Identifying your skin type is very important, so you know what products and lifestyle changes need to be corrected to counter your skin condition. Identifying your skin type can be quite difficult, especially for adolescents who are just going through puberty.

Most adults overtime will understand what works best for their skin and what products and methods to follow through with. If you are not sure what your skin type is and what products you should be using, speak with your doctor or a dermatologist who specializes in skin. 

Keep in Mind

When we’re dealing with the skin, especially for the face, not all products, methods and tips will work for everyone. This is why it’s highly advisable to speak with a dermatologist or your doctor if you have any health concerns or even if its just your skin condition. No one other than your doctor would know if your skin condition is due to a personal health condition.

Head over to the Okadoc app to immediately book an appointment with your health practitioner.