Oily Skin

What Is Oily Skin?

There are three basic skin types: oily, normal and dry. If you have oily skin, this usually means that you have a problematic T-zone. This is the area across the forehead and down the center of the face. It is prone to shine even in cooler weather but especially in warm seasons.

Those with oily skin can experience problems with unclear skin. This means acne, pimples, blackheads and that ever-present shine. All hope is not lost, though. It may be genetic, but there are ways to diminish the oil that is produced from causing problems.

Tips to Help Oily Skin

* Wash your face several times a day – Washing in the morning can remove dirt and oil that has accumulated during the night. During the day, washing your face at least once can keep the shine at bay. At night, any remaining oil is removed before you sleep.

* Use a cleansing system designed for oily skin – It can include an astringent, a toner and a moisturizer. This removes excess oil and returns a balance to the skin without drying it out. A moisturizer for oily skin is not oil based. Skin needs moisture to keep the skin healthy and the pores clear. All skin needs moisture to stay youthful.

* Wear sunscreen – Choose one for facial skin and that works for oily skin. It keeps the moisture in and protects your skin from sun damage.

* Exfoliate often – Exfoliation removes all traces of dead skin which can clog pores and lead to acne. With your excess oil production it is important to keep pores clean.

* Avoid touching your face – When hair or hands graze the face too often, it can leave deposits of dirt and bacteria on the skin. Mixed with oil, this can lead to skin irritation and acne. Wash your hands often and keep hair tied back.

* Avoid using lots of oil in your hair – Excess oils in the hair can be absorbed into the face and add to the already increased oil production.

* Change your diet – Eating fatty foods can increase problems with skin that is already too oily. Eating foods that nourish the skin and fight acne are an asset to you. Choose leafy green vegetables, antioxidant foods and drink lots of water each day.

* Wear oil control make-up – You can still wear make-up but it needs to be especially formulated for your skin type. Mineral make-up is designed to reduce shine and skin imperfections while allowing the skin to breathe.