Having oily skin comes with a slew of challenges. Some of these difficulties include heavy oil secretions and large pores that make it look like you planted yourself in a vat of Vaseline. Having oily skin might be inevitable because we simply cannot control when estrogen levels drop or the androgen hormone spikes oil production via the sebaceous gland. However, by avoiding some common pitfalls we can minimize the amount produced and still look good in our oily skin.
Dry Cleansers are Short-Term Solutions
Cleansing your skin two times a day keeps the oily enemies away. It stops blemishes and gives your skin a new shine. However, choose wisely because several skin cleansers contain ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate. These ingredients only stop oil prevention in the short-term. They do little or nothing from stopping the production of more oil in future.
These ingredients have high pH levels and suck out the water from your skin which encourages a stack-up of dead skin cells. Go for gentle cleansers that do not have sulfate but instead contain glycolic or salicylic acid. Sulfate-free cleansers thoroughly clean the deep pores of the skin without leaving it taut or drying out.
You might find this hard to believe, but a stressful life causes us to have more oily skin. The rationale behind this is that the adrenal gland overworks and produces cortisol which in turn makes the sebaceous glands generate more oil. Realistically, it is impossible to avoid stressful days. However, you can consciously manage it more effectively and curb the oil that your skin generates.
Take deep breaths, run a hot bath and soak yourself in it. In addition, you can practice Yoga and meditate. Lastly, it helps to adopt a skin care routine that suits your skin and accept it rather than change it every time you get.
Oily Skin Do Not Have In-Built Moisturizers
People with oily skin wrongfully assume that they do not need to moisturize. No matter how oily the skin is, it needs a moisturizer. After cleansing, your skin is temporarily smeared of surface oils. This leaves the skin susceptible to dehydration. It is wrong to think that oily skin have in-built moisturizers. Every skin type benefits from including a moisturizer in an everyday ritual.
Stick to oil-free, water-based and zero-pore clogging moisturizers for the most effective results. Dr Lima Maribona recommends oil-free moisturizers that contain bisabolol. According to the dermatologist, it is oil extracted from chamomile and has anti-microbial, anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Research has shown that some certain foods worsen the condition of people with oily skin. Dairy products should be avoided by people with oily skin because it fast-tracks the aging process. They also complicate any acne-related issues you might have. Sugars like maltose, syrup and honey also rev up blood sugar and hormone levels which by extension causes the skin to generate more oil. Salty snacks like French fries, salty biscuits, salted chips and cookies are drenched in trans-fat and sodium. These ingredients damage the skin via inflammation. Red meat and processed flour are also enemies of the skin.
Cut your intake of iodized salt and increase your consumption of fresh and natural foods like brown bread, corn, and oats. Eating fiber-foods improves the texture of the skin and helps to get rid of toxins harboring in the body. Fresh fruits and vegetables should also form a backbone of your healthy-eating habits. Nuts, soya beans and avocados containing Omega 3 fatty acids hold anti-inflammatory properties. Cucumbers rehydrate the skin while grapefruits enriched with Vitamin C also play an important role in flushing out toxins in the body system which might take a toll on healthy skin.