“If you do have oily skin, or you have already identified you have oily skin, I’m sure you have to pat yourself at the back because oily skin rarely ages,” says Dr Bindu Sthalekar
Although, managing oily skin often requires a person to develop a regular skin care habit, because it presents some unique challenges, like a shiny complexion and acne breakouts. This is one of the most common skin concerns.
If you have been wondering what causes your skin to become oily and if there are any skin care routine for oily skin, we have the answers! Read on to find out.
We specifically asked some couple of skin care experts to share their top tips for developing regular skin care habit for oily skin.
This is to help take the guesswork out of how to care for an oily complexion.
Certainly, with the right skin care routine and products, these issues can be less of a problem.
Why Is My Skin So Oily?
This is one of the common questions asked by people who have extremely oily skin.
Oily skin is a result of overly active sebaceous glands in some individuals. These glands secrete a waxy or oily substance called sebum.
While sebum is vital for keeping your skin protected, healthy, and hydrated, too much of it can lead to oily skin and clogged pores. This may eventually result in acne.
Daily Skin Care Routine For Oily Skin
The following daily skin care routine can help you manage your oily skin:
Step 01: Cleanse
The first step of any skin care routine is cleansing your skin.
It is very important for those with oily skin to do a complete face wash in the morning, even though you might feel like your skin is still clean from the night wash.
Because, during the night your skin is busy shedding skin cells and producing oils.
“You have to wash your face twice, maximum 3 times with a face wash.
And the face wash for oily skin can be a forming face wash containing salicylic acid and mandelic acid,” says Dr Bindu Sthalekar
This is going to really help clear away excess oil and dead skin to prevent buildup in the pores.
Step 02: Vitamin c serum
Follow that with a Vit. C serum. The vitamin c serum is an antioxidant. It will protect you from the sun rays and also it will be like an anti ageing and an antioxidant which mobs up all your free radicals which are produced when we are exposed to sunlight and pollution.
Step 03: Retinol
And at nighttime, you can use again your face wash, and then follow that with Retinol containing creams.
“If you are over 25, remember ageing starts in the mid 20s or late 20s, so start using Retinol containing creams.
And when you are older, they can be changed to Retinoids containing creams, those are prescription creams and they can be used at night but, if you do sleep in the air-conditioning room or if the weather is cold, then at that time you can have alternate night, you can use Retinol and the other alternate night you can use moisturizing cream,” says Dr Bindu Sthalekar.
Step 04: Don’t skip moisturiser
People have this myth that oily skin do not need moisturizer, but remember a moisturiser hydrates your skin.
It prevents ageing. If oily skin does not use a moisturiser, the oil gland do compensate for that hydration, it over produces oil.
So, use a moisturiser but you have to use a special moisturiser. Remember it has to be NON COMEDOGENIC (that means it will not block your pores).
They have been tested so that they will not cause any blocking of the pores, and cause blackhead and whitehead formation.
Step 05: Exfoliation
“As you grow older in oily skin, the upper dead cell layer does not shed so easily.
The oil traps it, the oil pulls it down. So we have to have assisted exfoliation.
So when I’m talking of exfoliation, you need to help it to exfoliate to get that radiant complexion.
Exfoliation can be done maybe three or four times a week in the summer month and in the winter month maybe once or twice a week.
Exfoliation can be done with exfoliating face wash or you can use exfoliating scrubs.
Step 06: DIY care
Here, i would like to give you some Homemade DIY for oily skin:
DIY CARE: Yellow moong dal face pack
Moong dal contains vitamin c which has antioxidant and anti-ageing properties.
Moong dal face pack are used to remove sun tan and brighten the skin.
You can take the yellow moong dal, first grind it, keep it in your bathroom and this you can do it daily because its very mild.
You can splash water and take the moong dal powder in your palm, apply it specially on the nose and the cheeks (i.e the Tzone), that tends to get blocked.
So apply that scrub it very mildly and you can wash it off. That will help to unclog your pores.
This can be followed with a moisturiser which can be gel. So this is your exfoliation at home.
DIY: Multani mitti face mask
But, Supposing you want to use a mask Multani mitti, a clay mask are excellent for oily skin. They help to draw out oil and to block the excess oil. That can be done once a week, you can also do it at home.
- Multani mitti
Multani mitti, also known as fuller’s earth is an old remedy used to remove dirt and excess oil from the skin.
This face mask has multani mitti as the basic ingredient which acts as an oil absorbing agent. Cucumber has astringent properties and Vitamin C.
This is how cucumber can help tighten the skin pores and remove sebum, dirt and dead skin cells too.
For this mask, you will need 2 tablespoons of multani mitti soaked in water for half-n-hour.
To this add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice. You may also add milk to avoid over-dryness.
Let it stay on for 15-20 minutes, then wash with either cold or warm water.
Along with removing oil and dirt, this face mask can also help you improve your blood circulation.
Apply this mask twice or thrice a week for best results.
This will exfoliate your skin and give you a radiant complexion.
DIY CARE: Papaya instant facial
Now, suppose in the morning, you are in a hurry and now you feel your skin is looking very dull or you’ve had a stressful time at night, a quick pick me up is that you can eat papaya.
Papaya is rich in carotene, so take that papaya, mash it and apply it on your face for about ten minutes and that’s a quick pick me up.
Because papaya contains papin. The raw papaya contains a higher concentration of papin, but ripe papaya is good enough for your skin.
Apply it, let it on for ten minutes and that’s a quick pick me up.
Step 07: Proper diet
“Remember your oil gland are over active. Avoiding too much oily or greasy food are important for managing your oily skin, but the more important foods to avoid are: Refined flour, processed food, sugary and hot foods.
These refined foods have high glycemic index and that causes insulin release which causes hydrogen release and that stimulate your oily gland.
These are pro inflammatory foods, so stay away from them and you’re going to get not only healthy radiant glowing skin externally and even internally, your system will get better,” says Dr Bindu Sthalekar
Remember if you follow all these Skin Care Routine, all these Do’s and Dont’s, you are going to benefit a great deal with your oily skin which nature has so kindly given to you.