If you're frustrated with your oily skin, we sympathize! Being prone to breakouts can be frustrating, especially when it seems like you can never predict what's going to cause the next round of acne. There's no need to worry. A simple skincare routine with the right products can work wonders!
To get a handle on oily skin, it's imperative to understand what causes it. Oily skin is the result of the overproduction of an oil called sebum. It clogs your pores, resulting in the accumulation of dead cells and causing extra breakouts. Your skin can overproduce sebum for a lot of reasons. Sometimes it's genetics, sometimes it's hormones, and sometimes it's just puberty!
No matter the reason for your oily skin, the primary purpose of care for this skin type is to remedy that extreme sebum. Your skin still needs some sebum, which is why some stringent cleansers can make things worse, but you still might need a cleanser that's stronger than most. Check the label of your cleanser for salicylic acid, which is a beta-hydroxy acid that restricts the rate of sebum production. Wash your face in the morning, at night, and after any time, you sweat more than usual. (It's easy to forget that last one, but it's essential - sweat can be extra hard on your pores!)
Most treatments for this skin type are oil-free; however, it is always good to check ingredients before buying your products. This step is critical if a product is marketed as "suitable for all skin types" instead of specifically for oily skin.
If your problem is only mild to moderate, some skincare products marked as "suitable for all skin types" might work for you. For extremely oily skin, only skincare products designed for your skin type are appropriate.
Add in an alcohol-based toner after your cleanser to help keep pores clean. Excessive toning can damage your skin, though, so monitor how it feels, and if you start to feel any dryness or irritation, dial your toner back to a couple of times a week.
Next is a mild moisturizer. Look for a water-based moisturizer that won't be too heavy, and make sure any product you choose is oil-free. It’s important to note that too much moisturizer especially if it is not “non-comedogenic” or not “oil-free” may exacerbate oily skin and contribute to acne. This especially holds true with younger patients. For example, for a teenage acne patient with oily skin on an acne regimen, it is best to moisturize only when you need it where you need it.
If you want some extra acne-fighting strength, consider using a clay facial mask once a week. Clay masks can draw out impurities and help clear your skin.
Finding the right set of products that work with your skin can be quite a journey, so don't give up! Don't be afraid to switch out products that aren't working for you, and if you don't know what products to start with, get in contact with a dermatologist. Your dermatologist knows your skin and can help you narrow down which products will work the best for you! They can also prescribe medications that are stronger than one could find over the counter. So, call us for an appointment so we can help you achieve your skincare goals!