Oily Skin – A Blessing or a Curse?
Oily skin, or seborrhea, is most common during the teen years when the body is normally producing additional oil glands. Other hormonal changes, particularly during pregnancy and menopause, sometimes also increase the activity of the sebaceous glands. Excessive production of sebum results in oily skin, which is thick and dull-colored and usually features enlarged pores and skin blemishes.
But the news is not all bad! It is important to remember that oils produced by the body help keep the skin healthy and younger looking, so it is important not to go overboard when it comes to getting rid of oily skin.
The “Golden Mean” in Caring for Oily Skin
Taking care of oily skin involves finding just the right balance and approach to cleansing. "If you wash too much, you can strip your face of the essential oils that serve as a barrier to a lot of irritants," cautions Rebecca Kazin, MD, medical director of the Johns Hopkins Cosmetic Center in Baltimore. "This can cause your face to become red and raw.” Over-cleansing will, ironically, also stimulate your skin to work overtime to compensate for the loss of important natural oils.
Don’t “Run on Automatic” with Cleansers, Moisturizers, and Sunscreen
It’s a myth that people have skin that is either dry or oily; most people have combination skin, oily in some places, dry in others. Pay attention to the variances in your skin! Products and approaches that are designed for oilier areas of your face – such as the forehead, nose, and chin – are sometimes best avoided elsewhere.
"People who have oily skin often steer clear of moisturizers, for fear that they will make their skin look even shinier," Dr. Kazin points out. Here again, don’t be automatic about this. "Even oily skin sometimes needs to be moisturized," says Kazin. Choose a natural serum for oily skin as a moisturizer and vary the amount you apply, depending on whether the area tends to be dry or oily. You will be surprised how well those serums are being absorbed into your skin and how well they do their jobs.
Treatment Products and MethodsCleansers
Use pure cleansers with no artificial additives. Those containing alcohol, or that leave your skin feeling taut and dehydrated, can cause the upper layers of the skin to shrink. This restricts oil flow through the pores, leading to blockages and breakouts.
It is always better to wash your face with a natural soap based on olive oil and avoid cleansers that have chemicals in it.
Then make sure you have a good natural product for daily natural gentle peeling. It helps remove dead skin and keeps your skin clean. If you wish to make sure your skin stays clean during the day you can always use clear skin natural sprays, especially on red or irritated skin.
Dermatologists are divided on whether toners are a good idea. They are best used only on oilier areas of the skin, such as the forehead, nose, and chin. Avoid using them elsewhere or you could very well create rough, dry patches on your skin.
Retinoid products, sometimes available only by prescription, decrease oil production in the skin. This can help reduce blackheads and other blemishes. But again, there is a risk in over-using!
Common Sense Recommendations
Remember, it is not oily skin per se that causes acne; the real culprit is bacteria that become trapped in oil-clogged pores. So you might want to use a natural serum for oily skin.
Do not smoke. Smoking promotes enlargement of the pores and impairs the overall health of the skin.
Get sufficient sleep, since the skin's cellular repair activity is at its optimum during this resting phase.
Exercise benefits skin as it boosts circulation and encourages blood flow. Regular exercise will nourish and cleanse your skin from within.
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