Oil in skin can clog pores, resulting in blackhead and whitehead pimples, contributing to acne breakouts. It’s important to note, however, that the oils your skin produces also keep your skin healthy, so scouring them off isn’t such a great idea.
Managing oily skin so it helps keep your skin supple, wrinkles at bay, and good bacterial colonies means avoiding certain things, while promoting others. It’s known that people with oily skin have thicker skin and less wrinkles, but skin can become oilier when we’re stressed, in humid environments, because of genetics, and with hormonal changes. Skin can get a little hard to manage sometimes.
What to do for oily skin
Dermatologist tip #1 Wash your face twice daily and after exercise
Don’t scrub your skin. Just be gentle! Scrubbing skin irritates it and makes it red, while stripping its barrier away. Remove makeup before bed using a gentle make-up remover. In a pinch, coconut oil (or any vegetable oil) works to remove oil-based mascara and eyeliner, wiped off gently with a tissue.
Dermatologist tip #2 Choose oil-free and non-comedogenic skincare products
Any product that has those labels will not put oil directly onto your skin. These products – cleansers, moisturisers and makeup – won’t clog pores with sticky, oily residue, and will not cause pimples.
Dermatologist tip #3 Cleanse with a gentle foaming face wash
Don’t use strong, harsh products to strip skin, but do use a gentle foaming cleanser that will keep some of your natural oils, while removing dirt and grime that sticks to oil. Mild face wash is best.
Dermatologist tip #4 Use daily moisturiser and sunscreen
Even if you have oily skin, keep skin protected with a light barrier to save moisture loss. Apply a good quality sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher throughout the day to avoid UV damage. Always wear sunscreen outside to avoid premature wrinkles and ageing. If you are prone to acne, look for zinc oxide or titanium sunscreens, and avoid any sunscreen with fragrances or oils in it.
Dermatologist tip #5 Use oil-free water-based makeup/foundation
Avoid any pore-clogging makeup. Mineral makeup is a good option for keeping skin clear.
Dermatologist tip #6 Use blotting paper as necessary during the day
Mop up excess sweat from your face as you go to prevent shine and blocked pores. Don’t rub your face though – blot for a few seconds on each spot.
What not to do for oily skin
Dermatologist tip #7 Avoid oil-based or alcohol-based cleansers
These types of cleansers can be either pore clogging (oil) or irritating to skin and strip you of your good oils, leaving skin unprotected (alcohol). Avoid.
Dermatologist tip #8 Don’t sleep in makeup
Makeup will smudge onto your skin and can clog your pores or irritate skin while you sleep. Keep your face clear of make up in bed, least of all to save your pillowcases!
Dermatologist tip #9 Avoid touching your face too much
Touching your face can be tempting to wipe oil off with a finger, but you can put gunk from your hands onto your face, including bacteria. If you are going to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean, including when you use your fingers to massage in cleansers and moisturiser.
Dermatologist tips going forward
Everyone is a bit different, so follow our dermatologist-approved tips for great skin, even if it’s oily. If you find your skin is getting out of control, see a Melbourne dermatologist for advice.
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