How do you know if I have Oily Skin?
Have you ever wondered why your face seems shiny under the light? Why does it always seem like you have a pile of grease around your face, even after you washed it like half an hour ago?
Well, an oily skin characteristic tends to constantly have an oil film form around your skin. You also constantly have a greasy and shiny face and can go through a dozen oil blotting papers in a day with little to no effect.
What is Oily Skin?
Everyone naturally has oil in their skin. It is produced by the sebaceous gland in your pores and these oils are known as sebum. Sebum is a type of waxy substance naturally produced by the skin to help keep it hydrated and healthy.
However, when the oil glands are overactive and produce too much sebum, it causes people to have a skin type known as oily skin. Oily skin also tends to have large pores and is more likely to have breakouts. This is because dirt, pollutants, and fine dust can get stuck together with the sebum and clog up the pores.
This will then lead to bacterial buildup as they eat the sebum and dirt. This in turn will then cause acne breakouts.
Your skin type is most likely caused by genetics. It is usually something you are born with and inherited from your parents. However, it can also change according to your age, environment, where you live, and the time of year.
For instance, as people age, their skin tends to get drier, just like if they live in the cold winter season. And for tropical countries like Malaysia, people here oftentimes have oilier skin due to the hot and humid weather.
Using unsuitable products can also cause your skin to become oily than usual. For instance, stripping your skin of too much water with a harsh cleanser can cause your skin to overcompensate by producing excess sebum.
Oily skin can be quite the hassle as it can lead to bigger skin problems if left unmanaged. Such skin troubles that can occur are acne and clogged pores. So where do we start?
Many ask questions like: Does oily skin need a moisturizer? What type of cleanser should I buy? Since one of the causes for oily skin is unsuitable products, here are a few ways you can try to manage that excess sebum production.
1. Wash your face
This seems like an incredibly obvious tip (Duh). However, washing your face regularly can definitely help control the oils. People with oily skin tend to look for a strong cleanser that dries out the skin. However, that shouldn’t be the way to go. Try Barulab Black Clay Cleansing Foam to cleanse your skin without stripping it of oils. It is a gentle, moisturizing cleanser so you can use it twice a day without over-cleansing. You don’t want stripping to happen because it will trigger the skin to produce more sebum to replenish the lost moisture
2. Blotting sheets
Blotting sheets should be your friend that goes wherever you are. Papers like Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Dear.Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper are specially designed to suck up the excess oils from the skin surface. They will not treat your oily skin however, they are more like a temporary fix. They can, however, be used to get rid of excess oils and make your skin appear less shiny and greasy throughout the day. This will then help to lessen bacteria from manifesting in the excess sebum. It is also a product needed for makeup lovers as well. It can also be used with makeup on as the oil control will help maintain that matte makeup look all day long
Exfoliating is great for reducing and preventing clogged pores. Pores clogging with impurities and sebum are something that often happens with oily skin. Many would prefer to use scrubs designed for oily skin types, but make sure to not use them too often, especially if you also suffer from acne-prone skin. Be gentle so as not to irritate the skin, and switch to chemical exfoliators like AHA, BHA, and PHA instead. They have strong cleansing power but are not as abrasive or harsh as scrubs. Like Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask it can unclogging pores will also help to shrink large pore appearances that many oily skin types have trouble with.
4. Use clay mask
Clay masks are an oily skin type’s savior. According to research and history, people have been using clay for centuries to improve the health of their skin. There are many types of clay masks in existence and Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask 2X is a special type. This mousse pump clay mask contains minerals like Kaolin or Bentonite. These ingredients can absorb oils, sebum and reduce skin shine and grease without irritating the skin. This will then help to prevent acne like whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. These types of acne form from pores clogging in sebum and dirt so using a clay mask can help to remove toxins in the skin and reduce the chances of acne formation. For oily skin types, make sure to use them at least 2-3 times per week to deep cleanse your pores and keep your skin free of pollutant-loving bacteria.
5. Apply moisturizers
Many oily skin types tend to skip out on moisturizers. They seem to go through their life thinking that their face is moisturized enough with oils. And that a moisturizer will only make their skin look greasier. A HUGE mistake. One which can cost you as there will be more skin problems later on. By steering clear of moisturizers, your skin will only produce even more oils to replenish what they think is a lack of moisture. The most important thing is choosing the right type of moisturizer for your skin. Dermatory Hypoallergenic Cica Gel Cream is a water-based moisturizer that is an oily skin type’s holy grail. It keeps your skin hydrated and moist without leaving a greasy residue. It also has ultra-fast absorption so you don’t have to worry about waiting for it to dry in hot and humid weather.
To surmise, oily skin is just like any other skin type. It just needs proper care to help achieve healthier and better-looking skin. There is no “one size fits all” for everyone with oily skin. Although the large pores, grease, and shiny face can lead to other problems like breakouts, oily skin also has benefits.
For instance, thicker skin and less prone to wrinkles. The most important thing is to maintain a balance with the oil production and water in your skin. If you didn’t already know your skin type, or you are aware but do not know what to do with it, we hope this article will prove useful to help you achieve your ideal skin goals!
Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask (120ml)
A peeling mask that uses AHA and BHA to deeply exfoliate skin.
Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask 2X (100ml)
A mousse foam clay mask twice as powerful in purifying skin and unclogging pores.