Treating Oily Skin
Oily skin has always been a bane especially to growing teenages.
Oily skin problems often carries over to our adult life. No one
likes that greasy feeling and the dirt that accumulates on
makes you cringe at the idea of flash photography. But there is
a solution to this problem and one that is simpler and surprisingly
gentler than what you may previously have thought.
First of all, you need to know what causes oily skin.
Overactive oil glands that produce the substance, sebum (a natural
and moisturizer) are the main culprits. As too much sebum accumulates,
it becomes thick and heavy in texture making it feel greasy. Left
unattended, oily skin becomes the basis of excessive shine, pimples
But while there is a down side
to this condition, there exists a good one as well. Skin with active
oil glands tends to be
to show wrinkles and other signs of aging compared to other skin
types. This is because the oil keeps more moisture in the skin
making it more supple and elastic, therefore there is less wrinkling.
while you may fret and moan about your skin’s oiliness,
it may be a blessing in disguise 10 to 15 years from now if proper
is given today.
But left untreated, this skin type leads to clogged
pores, blackheads, and buildup of dead skin cells making it difficult
clear healthy skin. It also causes a sallow-looking complexion
makes having large, visible pores very likely.
For now, there is no quick-fix solution to successfully
treat oily skin. Patience is your best tool since you are addressing
surface problem but one that is inside your body. Success
may take a while
to achieve and in some cases may actually need professional
medical attention. And in most cases, the condition is simply
control and never totally resolved. Even then, the skin will
condition and the objective to not have greasy shiny skin
will be closer than ever.
First thing to do in treating
oily skin is to get rid of the excess sebum on your face, without
total drying out
washing and “degreasing” can actually make
things worse since stripping your skin of oil will cause
your oil glands to work
overtime in producing more sebum.
The correct and balanced method
is to clean the skin with a very mild detergent or surfactant.
It should not contain
or other “fatty” substances
that can increase the oily condition you already have.
This kind of product removes the greasy feel of too much
sebum and cleans away
the surface grime that has built up because of the oil.
Some products contain small amounts
of AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) that gently remove dead cells from
exposing a fresher
layer of skin. Use this on a regular basis to get the
intended results. Follow this up with a light (no creams
preferably a water-based)
moisturizer just so that the drying effects of the
cleanser can be compensated for.
Use a mild astringent or toner everyday to clear off
excess oils on your face. Avoid the stronger alcohol-based
if you feel that it gets rid of more oil from your
face, just like
with the cleansers, you are actually encouraging more
production of sebum
if you dry your face out completely.
To prevent clogging, cleanse at least two times a day
but do not scrub hard, as you will hurt your skin
helping it. A
slight pressure from your fingers is friction enough
to slough off the dull,
With oily skin, moisturizing need not be done everyday.
But on the occasion you face feels tight due to
a light, oil-free moisturizer. Avoid products that
contain substances as mineral oils and cocoa butter
as they are
too emollient for
your skin condition.
For your makeup, choose oil-free products, especially
for your foundation and blush. Go for water-based
products that will
not clog your pores. Some foundation products
are designed to absorbing oil, which can control the
As it is with any skin type, do not forget to
apply sunscreen (NON-oil based, of course).
of sunscreen out
there, and gel is becoming a popular choice
since it is less greasy than
conventional sun block lotions. To be effective,
your sunscreen should be at least SPF 15.
If you have severe breakouts of acne, use cleansers
that contain a mild amount of salicylic acid
that clears your
containing the same substance is also a good
Finally, try to watch your diet as well.
Refined starches, sugar, and processed
foods may aggravate
oily skin. Choose
food that is low in fat and eat more fresh
fruits, vegetables, and grains. Drinking
lots of fluids
(6-8 glasses a day)
of water, juice
or teas maintains good skin tone. Keep
your vitamin and mineral intake up especially
A, C and B
It will take time for your skin to get
into shape as far as being less greasy.
off. And as mentioned before, as you
care for your greasy skin now, the
benefits of less wrinkled, dry skin will
follow you years later.
And remember, no amount of cream
or cleanser can ever replace the simple daily routines that we
have outlined for you above. Read them and use them well.