The creamy skin may have been giving you a hard time keeping your makeup on and your face free from blemishes. Believe it or not, oily skin has its disadvantages over other skin types too. That means you’ll simply have to cope with the skin you’re blessed with because it’s the only one you’ll ever have.You’ve probably tried every category of product that reads, “oil-free” or “for oily skin” on the labels. However, you probably haven’t yet tried a moisturizer for oily skin. Nor have you probably ever sat down and took a time to understand what makes your skin oily so that you can address the problem right at its core.
Get down to business by knowing ten facts about oily skin that you may have never known before:
1. Your oily skin responds better to oil-based products than to alcohol-based products.
How many times have product ads lured consumers into thinking that alcohol, which apparently dries up the skin, works to get excessively oily skin under control? The myth has proliferated for decades and, as far as you’re concerned, it ends right here, right now.
Use oil to cleanse your oily skin deep instead. Oil easily attracts the excess oil and impurities stuck in your pores, and never rips off your skin of moisture so that your oil glands won’t ever have to overcompensate for lost oil.
2. Hormonal imbalance may be causing you to have oily skin.
There are certain times in your life such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause which only put you in a compromised situation favoring oily skin due to the spiking and dipping hormones in your body. These sudden bursts and drops cause your oil glands to produce more oil than usual.
3. Regularly experiencing stress can cause your skin to become oilier.
Stress causes cortisol, the so-called stress hormone, to be produced. Cortisol helps you cope with stressful situations and environments but, when stress is chronic, it attacks your body. When it comes to your skin, cortisol triggers a sequence of changes in the skin that eventually causes your oil glands to become hyperactive and your pores to get blocked with plugs which, in turn, causes acne to develop.
4. Leaving your skin dry and tight prompts your oil glands to produce more oil.
Just because you already have oily skin does not mean you are exempted from having to use moisturizer on a daily basis. Choose a lightweight, water-based moisturizer for oily skin.
5. Use a purifying face mask.
Use a mask treatment with mild ingredients to deeply hydrate your skin while also surfacing trapped excess oils from your pores.
6. Alternatively, use baking soda as a facial mask.
Mix it with honey and lemon juice to form a paste. Apply on thoroughly cleansed skin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Baking soda leaves your face with a smooth, matte finish.
7. Your cosmetics can be causing your skin to become oilier than normal.
Time to audit your beauty and skincare products. Where you see harsh ingredients, you don’t need that product.
8. Milk of Magnesia can help draw out excess oil from your pores.
Magnesium hydroxide in Milk of Magnesia deep cleanses your pores, letting your skin breathe and less oily.
9. Even your oily skin does not need to be washed more than thrice daily.
Again, the more you strip away the oil, the oilier your skin gets.
10. Oily skin is much less prone to premature aging than dry skin.
This is the ultimate benefit you get for learning to love your oily skin; that is if you can keep your oil at bay and keep your skin blemish-free.
Oily skin does have its pros and cons. Use these ten facts about oily skin as a guide for you to better cope (and love) the only skin you’ll ever get!