The feeling of having constant dirt and excess oil on your face can be extremely unpleasant. Oily skin can also result in acne breakout and uneven skin tone. The good news is that there are solutions for this unpleasant skin concern. You just need to adopt the right skincare routine and use the right products for your skin type.
Cleansing two times a day
Cleansing your face is EXTREMELY important. During the night your skin produces oil and so it needs to be washed in the morning even though sometimes your skin might look clean. Cleansing your skin as soon as you wake up will remove all the impurities or excess sebum that was built overnight. Leaving the excess oil in your face long will result in acne breakout.
In the evening you would also need to cleanse your skin to get rid of all the dirt that builds up during the day. Washing your face with just water is not enough, you must use a cleanser.
Choose a mild water-based cleanser which will not clog your pores. It is recommended to use a cleanser which has salicylic acid as this will also control your acne. Choose a cleanser that has tea tree oil as they tend to be effective for oily and acneic skin.
Do not skip the toner
Toner is a must in everyones skincare routine. One of the main benefits of a toner is the reduction of clogged pores. Toners usually help your skin absorb the products that are applied after and it will also keep your oiliness away. It has been found that people with oily skin need a toner more than ever. Using a toner will help remove excess dirt, traces of oil and make up and at the same time it will balance the PH of your skin. The best toner for oily skin and large pores is rose water as it has anti-inflammatory properties that removes oil, dirt while reducing the appearance of pores. It also can help reduce your acne. The best way to use it is to spray the rose water on a cotton pad right after you cleanse and sweep it around your face in a circle and gentle motion. You can include rose water in your morning skin care routine after you cleanse and you can also apply rose water in the evening and leave it on your face overnight.
Use a clay mask
There are face masks for every skin type and you must choose one that suits your oily skin. Face masks tends to hydrate your skin, remove excess oils and reduces the appearance of your pores. The best masks for oily skins are those made of charcoal or clay as they help absorb oil and control shine. Soul Sisters Moroccan Ghassoul Clay is a very absorbent mask, it soaks up the oil and sebum on your face. The Moroccan clay comes in a powder which should be mixed with water to form a paste. Apply to your face and leave for 5 to 10 minutes before you wash it off with warm water. It is high in magnesium and silica which reduce impurities and excess sebum. It also unblocks pores and prevents acne breakout. This mask could be used up to 4 times a week and it has been proven to be very effective for people with oily skin.
Moisturising is an essential step in your skincare routine. Its not because your skin is oily that you should decide to skip the moisturiser. You just have to pick a moisturiser that will not clog your pores and that is not very oily and heavy. Products with glycerin or hyaluronic acid are perfect for your skin. However ,If you prefer to use an oil , there are some options such as squalene, marula or prickly pear seed oil. They are good for oily skin as they are very light and are not greasy at all. Most importantly they will not clog your pores.
Apply a sunscreen
The last step and probably the most important step is to apply sunscreen before applying your make up or before heading out. Sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays. However you should make sure to choose a sunscreen which will be suitable for your oily skin. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is lightweight or water based. Make sure the sunscreen is labeled non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic which means it will not clog your pores. Finally, get a sunscreen that is oil free or matte-finish with octinoxate so it can regulate your sebum production.