Oily skin is a cause of concern for many of us. It leaves us with a oil smeared look and a shiny dull complexion, good enough to bring down our self esteem at times. Also oily skin have greater chances of developing acne and open pores. But the brighter side is that people with oily skin tend to develop signs of ageing pretty late. The oil on skin keeps it supple and delays the onset of wrinkles…..So does it make you a little bit happy to have an oily skin? It surely does….
Ever wondered why you have an oily skin?
Our skin has glands, sebaceous gland, which produces an oily secretion called sebum. Sebum acts as a lubricant over the skin. The presence of this gland varies in different part of our body….like its more on scalp, face, chest and upper back. We don’t have these glands on our hands and feet so you will barely find those parts oily…Thank God for that!!
Everyone of us has some level of these sebum secretion. But a few of us have this in excess and that is what leads to the oily appearance and feel on the skin. Now the question is what decides who will have excess…
- Genetic: The genetic make up of our skin is largely responsible for the excess of sebum production. So choose your parents right 🙂 If your mom or dad have oily skin, you have a high probability of having oily skin too.
- Hormones: Many a times, due to some hormonal imbalance you might have more sebum production. This is also the reason why girls tend to have more oily skin near their periods.
Its not that difficult to tackle oily skin
- Wash your face, not more than twice daily. You might try different cleanser for different seasons. For summers and humid months use cleansers with salicylic acid, AHAs (glycolic acid) or tea tree oil. Use a gentle normal cleanser in dry wintery months. Don’t rub your skin very hard in an attempt to remove all the oil. Be gentle. Being rough can rip off all the oil from your skin and leave it dry and irritated, causing the skin to produce more oil.
- You can use toner…..but only and only on the oily areas. Personally I am not a fan of toners as if used in excess or if used on a normal or dry skin, it can cause dryness and irritation.
- Throughout the day, you can use oil blotting papers and tissues available in local super market. These are good to absorb oil and can be used frequently throughout the day. In addition, occasionally, you can use acetone. Take a little amount on a cotton ball and very gently wipe your face with it. Its a very handy quick fix just before important meetings as it will keep your skin oil free for good few hours. Don’t use acetone very regularly as it can irritate your skin.
- If the above mentioned tips does not help you much, consider using a salicylic acid or Benzoyl peroxide containing creams. Use it twice daily, in a little amount all over your face. Creams with AHAs also helps in reducing oil but should be used only once at night.
- Alternatively, mask containing 10-20% Glycolic acid can be used twice in a week for a healthy fresher looking oil free skin.
- Age old tried and tested Fullers earth (Multani mitti) or clay face pack applied twice in a week also helps with oily skin.
- A little change in diet.….sticking to low GI food and avoiding dairy products helps few of us with oily skin. Contrary to the popular belief, eating oily food and dark chocolates does not lead to oily skin. So indulge in dark chocolates, but not the sweeter milk laden ones.
- If none of the above helps, visit a dermatologist and undergo few sessions of salicylic peels. It will go along way in tackling oily skin as well as in rejuvenating the skin.
- A very rarely prescribed medication for oily skin is isotretinoin. But its given only if you have bothersome acne or excessively oily skin. That’s like a last resort, but as I said very rarely prescribed drug for oiliness.
Choose cosmetics meant for oily skin
- Always try to use water based or mineral based products if you have an oily skin. Now a days, almost all leading cosmetic brands have mineral based products. That’s ideal for oily skin as it gives a matt finish and does not clog pores. Also powder products are better than creamy ones as powders absorb extra oil and creams produce extra oil.
- Always look for a “oil free” or “non comedogenic” label on any cosmetic you buy. It signifies that it will not clog pore or produce extra oil on the skin.
- Look for mineral based sunscreen. Use sunscreens which are in the form of gels or lotions or fluids. Don’t use creams, as these are oil based.
- Contrary to the popular belief, even those with oily skin need to moisturize their skin regularly. Use oil free, light moisturizing lotions regularly in a little amount.
Oily skin bothers many of us, some less…some more. Most of the people have more oily T zone(including area of forehead and nose and chin). Following these simple skin care solutions will help your skin breath better and help you breath more confidence in your own skin…take care.
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