Oily Skin Care:
Before we start talking about oily skin care, first of all we have to understand the base reason which causes the oily skin. Sebum is an oily substance that is naturally produced by skin; we all know excess of everything is bad, excessive production of sebum makes our skin oily.
It leads to clogging of skin pores, resulting in accumulation of dead cells and hence formation of pimples and acne. Moreover, oily skin spoils our looks too.
The first step in skin care is to remove the excessive sebum or oil from the skin. We have to remember that procedures don’t complete removal of oil. This process has to start with the use of a goo cleanser. But not all cleansers work on oily skin. We need a cleanser which contains salicylic acid, for example Beta Hydroxyl Acid which is known to reduce the production of sebum. It is recommended to use cleanser twice a day and even more in hot and humid conditions.
Now a days most of the oily skin care products are oil free. But it is strongly recommended that before buying, we must check the ingredients of the product. This becomes more important if we are going to buy a product which is marked as ‘suitable for all skin types’, instead of ‘oily skin care product’. ‘Oily skin care’ is also dependent on the degree of oiliness, if we aren’t too oily, so some of these ‘suitable for all’- type of products might be work for us too. For people with extremely oily skin, only oily skin care products are suitable. If we have an extremely oily skin, our oily skin care routine can include an alcohol based toner. Remember excessive toning can harm your skin.
A mild moisturiser is the next step in oily skin care routine. Before that we need to check the degree of oiliness of our skin, which will determine whether we need to include this in our oily skin care routine. If we do decide to include a moisturiser, we need be sure to use one which is oil free, wax free and lipid-free. As an oily skin care measure, a clay mask is also recommended once a week.
Final thought is that if these measures don’t produce the desired result, what should we do? Answer is we will have to consult a good dermatologist for best advice. He/she could prescribe stronger oily skin care products, which can help counter the problems of oily skin, for example vitamin A creams, retinoids, sulphur creams etc.