Caring for Oily Skin
If you have oily, non-pigmented, tight skin, you have one of the easiest skin types to care for, even if you don’t realize it. Oily, tight skin protects you from visible signs of aging, giving you a youthful look long after the rest of us start looking our age.
All skin types have their benefits and shortfalls. If you have oily, right skin you may experience:
- Smooth, oily skin
- Fewer wrinkles
- Large pores
- Enlarged oil glands
- Little use for moisturizer
- Makeup and foundation streaks after a few hours
- Fewer acne breakouts
Regimen for Oily Skin
Oily skin is usually not sensitive, so it’s resistant to fragrances, preservatives and other ingredients in skincare products that might irritate other skin types. Your main concern is dealing with:
- Enlarged pores
- Preventing occasional breakouts
You probably focus on buying oil controlling products, but unfortunately there are very few products, if any, that will actually reduce the production of oil in your skin. To do that, your best line of defense is a daily regimen that prevents and controls the conditions outlined above.
- Wash with Cleanser
- Apply oil-control product
- Apply oil-free, oil-control foundation
- Apply powder with SPF
- Wash with Cleanser
- User scrub or gentle exfoliator
- Apply retinol product
Types of Products for Oily Skin
Cleanser – keeping your oily skin clean is important. Excess oil clogs pores and stretches them, resulting in enlarged pores. Once pores are enlarged, they cannot be ‘shrunk’ without resurfacing the skin. Cleanse morning and at night – consider using a pore-refining cleanser that contains beta-hydroxy acid to help keep pores clear.
Toner – toners leave the skin feeling refreshed and clean – they do not control oil as well as oil-control cleansers, foundation and powder. Toners will not harm the skin or increase oiliness and can help maintain pH balance if you select the right one.
Oil-Control Products – using oil-free makeup, foundation, primers and powders all help control oil and shine throughout the day. Blotting papers work well to prevent shine throughout the day.
Moisturizers – very oily skin usually does not need moisturizing, unless you live in a dry climate where humidity is low – in those conditions, all skin should be moisturized, even oily skin. If that applies to you, use a light gel moisturizer that does not leave a residue on the skin.
Masks – masks are a great way to decrease oiliness. Use clay masks (see our article on Clay Masks) for oily skin any time you want to have shine free, smooth skin.
Exfoliation – keeping dead skin cells sloughed off with scrubs and microdermabrasion helps keep oily skin clean, pores clear and skin breakout free. There are dozens of ways to exfoliate – chemical peels, peel-off masks, microdermabrasion kits, scrubs and chemicals. The key is to exfoliate regularly to promote cellular turnover and keep skin clear.
Makeup – people with oily skin generally struggle to keep their makeup looking fresh all day. Oils in the skin blend with the makeup and the next thing you know, you need to touch-up or redo your makeup. Powders and oil-free foundations help. Talc and Kaolin based products help absorb oil and prevent makeup from streaking. Primers absorb oil and create a barrier between the skin and the foundation, which makes makeup last longer.
Unless you have excessively oily skin or oily skin with acne, you have one of the easier skin conditions to care for as long as you maintain regular cleansing habits, control oil on the skin, drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet!