Oily skin can be hard to handle. It tends to produce more sebum, making you more prone to breakouts and acne. Don’t worry, preventing oily skin is a lot simpler than you might think.
The first and most important thing to do when dealing with oily skin is to cleanse properly. This means using a gentle cleanser for oily skin, preferably a foaming one, that will not strip your skin of its natural oils. It is also important to double cleanse, meaning you should use a micellar water or oil-based cleanser beforehand to remove any makeup or sunscreen.
Use a toner
A toner is a crucial step in any skincare routine, especially for oily skin. Toners help balance the pH levels of your skin, absorb excess oil and tighten your pores, reducing the chances of breakouts. Try looking for toners that contain salicylic acid, tea tree oil, or witch hazel, which are all known to help control oil production.
Moisturise the right way
Many people with oily skin tend to skip moisturising, thinking it will make their skin oilier. However, this is a myth. Your skin needs moisture, and skipping this step can actually cause your sebum production to go into overdrive. Look for lightweight, oil-free moisturisers, or use a gel moisturiser to provide hydration without clogging your pores.
Don’t forget to exfoliate
Exfoliation is a crucial step in any skincare routine, but it becomes even more important when dealing with oily skin. However, it’s essential to use a gentle exfoliator that won’t damage your skin. Try looking for chemical exfoliants that contain AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta hydroxy acids), as they work to unclog your pores and reduce oil production.
Protect your skin from the sun
It is common knowledge that overexposure to the sun can cause damage to your skin, but did you know that sun exposure can also increase your skin’s oiliness? To help protect your skin from the sun, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, and make sure to reapply every 2-3 hours.