Oily skin can be a tough nut to crack, as it’s primarily the result of genetically determined hormonal changes in the body. You know you have oily skin if; your face is shiny only an hour or two after cleansing; your makeup seems to “slide” or disappear off your face; you have blackheads, white bumps, or acne in the more oily areas of your face; and/or your pores are visibly enlarged, especially on your nose, chin, and forehead.
Many of the products you currently use, could in fact be making matters worse regardless of what they claim on the label; because they contain ingredients that irritate your skin, which triggers more oil production.
When too much oil is produced, the pores become larger to accommodate the excess oil production; the pore lining thickens, which blocks oil from getting out of the pore, and that can result in blackheads and white bumps.
The first step in caring for oily skin is to take a look at your current skin-care routine and get rid of or avoid the following:
- Products with drying or irritating ingredients – they may seem like a good idea because they illuminate oil initially, however in the long run these ingredients only make matters worse as they trigger more oil to be produced.
- Products that make your skin tingle (such as mint, menthol, eucalyptus, and lemon), or contain alcohol. Skin tingling is not a good sign as it means your skin is being irritated. Instead use an alcohol free cleanser and toner.
- Products that contain pore clogging or emollient ingredients; these may make your oily skin worse. Items such as bar cleansers and soaps, or stick foundations. Equally emollient lotions and creams are likely to clog pores and look greasy on your skin.