Although the skin’s natural fat production plays an important function – namely, protecting the skin and counteracting its aging – there are many people who have an overproduction of oil in the skin. We often talk about oily skin as a problem, especially for teens and adolescents.
The truth is that even adults can have problems with oily skin. Oily skin is something that not only makes the skin look oily and shiny but can also cause blemishes and pimples.
Treatment tips for you with oily skin
Below are some tips and skincare tricks for those who suffer from oily skin. As always, the tips should be seen as guidelines rather than direct truths. This is because all people react differently to different types of treatments.
1. Use gentle facial cleansing twice a day.
The best and most effective way to get rid of the oily skin feeling is to use a facial cleanser. Make sure to use a product that is gentle on the skin with a neutral pH balance rather than using strong soaps and cleansers. Products containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or beta – hydroxy acid are often considered best for treating oily skin.
As always when testing a new skincare product, you should first apply a small amount of cream to your skin to see how your skin reacts. When washing your face, make sure to use warm water – not hot – as hot water tends to irritate the skin further.
2. Use facial water without alcohol or acetone
Use facial water that is gentle on the skin. Many times, facial water contains alcohol or acetone which is said to turn oily skin into normal-dry skin. However, alcohol and acetone are two substances that are hard on the skin and therefore you should largely avoid skincare products containing these substances. Instead, try to find milder facial water.
You do not need to apply the face water all over the face. Instead, splash a few drops over a cotton swab and then gently swab the cotton swab over the face where your skin is the fattest. By avoiding the use of facial water all over your face, you are sparing the skin in places where it does not need treatment.
3. Moisturize your fat skin
It may sound counterproductive to use a moisturizing cream on oily skin. But the truth is that just because the skin is oily does not mean that it simultaneously gets enough moisture. Even oily skin can be dehydrated and therefore moisturizer is needed for the skin to be healthy. Use a light moisturizer (which for obvious reasons does not contain oil). We advise you to use both day cream and night cream to increase the effect of moisturizing the skin.
4. Use absorbent paper on the skin
If you have an extremely oily complexion, you can use absorbent paper to absorb excess oil from the skin before washing your face. A smart tip is to use a paper towel that has absorbent properties and therefore absorbs liquids efficiently. However, you should be careful! Avoid scrubbing your face with the paper. It just irritates the skin and risks making it red. Instead, gently press the paper against the skin and hold the pressure for about 15-20 seconds.
Be sure to use fresh paper for each part of the face you are wiping, so as not to spread bacteria between different areas of the skin. If you choose to use a cotton towel or similar to dry the skin, it is important that you wash the towel every day. Otherwise, oil, dirt and bacteria tend to get stuck in the towel, so you spread them to other places on your face unless you wash the towel between the times.
5. A face mask with mud against dry skin
A face mask can help you get a healthier complexion. By extracting oil, sebum, and dirt from the pores of your oily skin, the oily feeling is also reduced. It does, however, require a little feeling as it is also important not to over-use products which then risk drying out the skin instead. Don’t over-use face masks – 1 to 2 times a week are usually fine.
6. Treat oily skin with home-made skincare
Many claim that natural skincare is the best skincare. Whether or not it is a motto to take for truth or not. However, we agree that natural products can definitely give an increased effect. Especially to counteract oily skin.
Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera is the super plant that has many positive properties for the skin. Not only does it relieve blemishes and heal wounds, but it is also extremely effective against oily skin and acne. Split an aloe vera flower in the middle and apply the liquid over your face. Then let it dry into the skin and then rinse the face with lukewarm water. Repeat 1-2 times / day.
Yogurt – An all-natural natural yogurt is a classic that can be used as a skincare remedy for oily skin. The yogurt opens the skin’s pores, exfoliates the skin and absorbs excess oil. Take a tablespoon of natural yogurt and spread it over your face. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat 1 time / day.
Cucumber – The classics of the natural skincare classics thanks to its softening and moisturizing properties. Cucumber contains many natural vitamins and minerals. In addition, the cucumber consists of over 95% of water which naturally gives a moisture boost to the skin. It is easy to use the cucumber to moisturize the skin. Slice a cucumber and then gently rub the slices over your face. Leave the cucumber juice on your face overnight and then wash your face with lukewarm water in the morning after. Repeat every other day.