How to take care of oily skin?
Oily skin has to be treated with special care. If you do not take good care of oily skin it can lead to skin conditions like blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, acne or cysts.
Oily skin is due to the overproduction of oil (sebum) by the oil glands (sebaceous glands). Following a skin care regime that is suited for oily skin will help to treat this condition.
Oily skin can be a result of hormonal changes, especially in teenagers. It can also be due to weather changes, diet followed or even due to intake of certain medications.
What causes oily skin?
To take care of oily skin, we must first understand the reason behind it. Oily skin is a condition in which the oil glands produce more oil than necessary. This oil oozes out through the pores (openings) on the skin making the skin oily.
Oily skin can cause acne, blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and in extreme cases pustules and cysts. Taking care of oily skin is very important to prevent such skin conditions.
Things that you can do to take care
Here are simple things that you can do to take care of your oily skin -
Use a gentle soap or a facial cleanser
Harsh soap or a harsh facial cleanser will strip off all the oil from your skin and make it dry and flaky. Due to this, your skin will start producing more oil, worsening the condition.
If you are buying an over the counter face wash, look for those with salicylic acid. Face washes with salicylic acids help to treat the oily skin condition. Carry medicated pads with salicylic acid to use whenever you feel your skin is very oily.
Exfoliation is very important for oily skin. Dead skin cells fall off if the skin is not oily. When the skin is oily, these dead cells stick to the skin and form a thick layer. Due to this, the pores get blocked and lead to further skin complications. To prevent this use a gentle exfoliating product.
Use a moisturizer
Even oily skin can dry out totally during the day due to weather changes. This will make your skin produce excess oil. Use an oil free light moisturizer that will not block the pores.
Use minimum makeup
Makeup can easily clog the pores. If you have to use makeup, then use oil-free or water based makeup products that will not clog the pores on your skin.
When you go to bed, remember to remove all makeup. Do not go to sleep with makeup on. This can lead to clogged pores and inflammation of the skin.
Use mineral powder
Mineral powders are good for oily skin. The mineral powder will absorb oil on the skin and will not block the pores. This will also help to reduce the shine on your skin.
Your skin must be protected from the harmful rays of the sun. When you go out in the harsh sun, remember to wear an oil free sunscreen.
Apply clay masks
Clay masks absorb excess oil and draw out all the impurities from the skin. Remember, do not leave it on for too long as this will dry out your skin.
Along with all of the above-mentioned pointers, following a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help to keep the oily skin condition in check.