Oily skin is usually greasy, thick, coarse, shiny and has enlarged pores. It tends to break into acne and is also prone to blackheads, pots, and pimples. Oily skin usually appears on the face, chest and back. The greatest advantage of oily skin is that it ages and wrinkles at a slower rate than other skin types.
The first step for oily skin treatment is—surprisingly—not to attack it with all your might. If you scrub too hard and too often, your skin will rebel against your efforts. In its attempt to replace the oil stripped from your face, your skin will be overcompensating. Additionally, using products that dry your skin too much will produce the same effect. Avoid soap as it will disturb the skin’s natural protective layer and make the problem worse.
- Facial Cleansers: Use a mild facial cleanser at least 3 times a day in order to properly care for your oily skin. Use lukewarm water with the cleanser to open up the skin pores and hair follicles. It removes excess dirt and oil. Gently pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel, as opposed to rubbing vigorously.
- Skin Scrubs: Some recommended products (scrubs) have micro-scrubbing qualities, which can remove dead skin cells, help prevent blackheads and blocked pores, and adds a general healthy glow to the skin.
- Moisturizers: Apply an astringent skin toner or oil-free moisturizer or oil control lotion after you have washed the areas of oily skin. Using an oil-free moisturizer oil control lotion actually makes the skin secrete less oil.
- Facial Masks: Use a clay or mud mask once a week to clear away excess oil, to reduce pore size and blackheads which would result in smooth and vibrant looking skin.
- Sun Protection: Avoid excessive exposure to the sun because it can aggravate your oily skin & increase the blemishes. Use a sun screen which is oil absorbing or gives a matte finish. Always apply a sunscreen 20 minutes before you step out in sun.
- Reduce stimulants, hot spices and try to quit smoking (if you do smoke).
- Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera has excellent healing properties and is great for oily skin. Apply Aloe Vera gel topically, as needed.
- Water & High Fiber: Drinking plenty of water and eating a high-fiber diet & diet rich in proteins will help you to maintain your skin type.
Just remember that treatment for oily skin doesn’t end up with your face. Your back and shoulders could be even more prone to breakouts and oiliness than your face. If you suffer from blemishes, make sure that you do a light shower scrub to clear your pores. Make sure that you take showers that aren’t overly hot – go for lukewarm, if possible and try a mild body wash to keep everything under control.