Friday, January 16, 2015

Fix It: Oily Skin

Last week I gave some tips on how to fix dry skin (click HERE) and this week I want to give some tips on how to fix oily skin. I used to categorize my skin as oily but over the last year it’s not nearly as oily as it used to be. My skin now tends to be quite normal. Depending on the weather, it can get more oily (summer) or become drier (winter) but generally it’s been pretty normal. If you are someone who suffers from oily skin then I would highly recommend trying out these tips because they really have made a huge difference on my skin.

First, consistency. Get a skin care regimen going and stick with it. Don’t follow the routine randomly whenever you feel like it. I've found that sticking to a daily routine really makes a difference. If a product is specifically designed for a certain skin issue, then you should be using it regularly so the ingredients can actually take effect and give longer lasting results. While having a routine is important, the products you use in that routine are even more important….

Use the right cleanser. Make sure the cleanser you are using is very gentle because if it’s too harsh then it’s going to irritate your skin causing it to produce more oil. Also, using a product that contains benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or beta-hydroxy acid is said to help with oily skin. You just need to be careful because even these ingredients can cause irritation. I would try a cleanser with more natural ingredients first and see if it works before trying those other ingredients. It may take a while to find the right one so just be patient. You may even need to spend a little more money on products that do have better ingredients. I always thought a cleanser was a cleanser no matter the brand or price. However, I've learned that not all are created equal so sometimes you have to try quite a few until you find the right one.

*I personally use Mario Badescu products and really love them. Click HERE to find out why and how you can get free samples of recommended products specifically for you, from them*

Don’t over dry. A lot of people who have oily skin try to remove the oil completely but don’t realize that it’s actually making matters worse. Your skin actually needs oil, or more specifically, moisture, to protect itself. If you are removing that oil and moisture then your skin is only going to produce more to protect itself. Therefore, by adding a facial oil you are letting your skin know it will be protected so it won’t need to produce so much oil. I know, it sounds a bit confusing but it actually works. For at least six months, I have been using facial oils regularly and my skin no longer produces so much oil. I actually prefer using oil over a regular moisturizer because I feel it works better. There are quite a few different facial oils out there that serve other purposes (besides being moisturizing) but my favorite for the past few months has been jojoba oil.

I know these tips are so simple but when I thought about what has really helped my oily skin, these are what I narrowed it down to. Everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently so you just need to find the right regimen that works for you. To find the right products you can either consult a professional or just through trial and error like I did. Hope these tips helped you out. Next week I’ll be posting about another skin issue that generally comes along with having oily skin; acne. So check back then to see what tips have helped me out and have made my skin even healthier!

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