Managing your oily skin can be a real deal, and it can be even more challenging when your skin is extremely oily & acne prone. You must have tried almost every product that claims to control oil & acne, but nothing ever worked, we feel you!
It may get overwhelming to find the right balance for oily & acne prone skin but trust us, it’s not rocket science.
Let’s understand what causes oily & acne-prone skin:
There are several different factors that can contribute to oily, acne-prone skin. Hormonal changes during puberty, adolescence and menopause can increase oil secretion. Certain medications such as birth control pills or corticosteroids can also cause oil imbalance.
Genetics, environmental conditions and food habits too, play an important role in our skin’s health.
You also need to understand that the skin can be oily & dehydrated. When the skin lacks water, it produces more oil in order to keep the skin moisturized, which makes the skin look greasy and shiny. The increased oil clogs the pores, trapping dust and bacteria and leads to breakouts.
How to manage oily & dehydrated skin:
The most important step in managing dehydrated, oily, acne-prone skin is to understand the cause of increased oil secretion. If your skin is oily due to medications or hormonal fluctuations, it’s best to consult your doctor for possible treatments & remedies.
Use products that are labeled “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic.” These products will not clog your pores and will help control oil secretion.
- Water-based products work wonders for oily, acne-prone skin types as they moisturize the skin without clogging the pores.
- Cleanse your face twice a day with a mild cleanser. Avoid using harsh soaps or scrubs that can strip away natural oils and irritate the skin.
- Apply a light moisturizer after cleansing and throughout the day as needed. Be sure to choose a moisturizer that is labeled “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic.”
- Exfoliate regularly with a gentle exfoliating agent such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid or lactic acid-based gels. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells that can accumulate and lead to breakouts.
- Wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it every two hours while outdoors.
- Practice good hygiene habits such as washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face throughout the day.
- Avoid excessively oily food items and maintain healthy nutritious eating habits.
By understanding the cause of your skin’s oiliness and taking steps to control it, you can achieve (and maintain!) clear and healthy skin.