As if the worry of wrinkles and acne wasn’t a big enough load to bear, there are other skin things to worry about. Oily skin and hair, for instance, are no picnic in the park. Between the odd shine and greasy texture, oily skin can be a major annoyance — something you definitely don’t want for a first date or dream job interview. Some people who suffer from this skin gripe were born with it, but luckily, there are steps to be taken to lessen the blow. Arm yourself with a few Do’s and Don’ts to tackle life with oily skin head-on.
A common myth long circulating among the beauty crowd says that oily foods like french fries can contribute to oily skin, to which we say “Ha!”. According to science, there is no link between the foods we consume and how oily our skin is, so don’t put down those chicken nuggets just yet.
Wash with salicylic acid. Some scientists say that cleansers containing salicylic acid penetrate pores and aid in removing fats that clog them, which lead to blackheads. Also, apply a retinoid at night to aid in decreasing oil production.
Another great skin tip to combat oily skin? Oil-free foundations won’t contribute to the problem, nor will they clog pores as easily. For this same reason, powder blushes rather than cream blushes are recommended. If a product feels oily, it probably is.
Avoid creamy or milk cleansers that will only make skin oilier. By that same token, avoid moisturizing. Opt for a serum or gel containing anti-aging ingredients instead.
Another common mistake gals will oily skin tend to make is going too hard on the antibacterial. It’s important to avoid overwashing. As much as you may like it to, washing skin will not alleviate an oily skin problem, and doing so can even strip the face of essential oils. Wash skin twice a day and use a blotting paper when you feel oil building up.