Our skin’s oil is called sebum. It’s produced by the sebaceous gland in the hair follicle and the skin on our face has more hair follicles than on the rest of our body, which is why we experience oiliness mainly on the face.
The main function of sebum is to lubricate the skin, limit the growth of bacteria and prevent dryness and dehydration. The amount of sebum we produce is usually determined by our hormones and sometimes to external factors as weather.
6 Tips to manage Oily or Acne Skin
- Fine-tune your cleansing routine.
- Don’t Ditch the Moisturizer.
- Look for Salicylic Acid in your skincare products
- Try out a Clay Mask.
- Improve your gut health.
- Improve your gut health that won’t clog your pores.
Fine-tune your cleansing routine
- Resist the urge to wash your face all the time because it could make your skin worse. Over cleansing your face will cause over dryness which will trigger more oil production. If you wash off your skin’s natural moisturizer, it will set off a signal to your body to produce more.
- Try washing your face at night with C2 Clear Skin Cleanser and then evaluate your skin in the morning. If your face is very oily, then wash it again. Don’t wash your face again until evening.
Don’t Ditch the Moisturizer
- People think that they can’t possibly have oily skin and also dry/dehydrated skin at the same time. But your skin on the top layer can be in a very different condition then what’s happening below. If your skin is lacking hydration, oil production can start up to compensate and over produce
- Hydration is a bit different than moisturizing - and this pertains to dehydrated skin. Your skin cells below need H20 and the best way to get water to them is to get hyaluronic acid into your skin.
- Moisturizing is about putting on a protect moisture layer on the top layer of your skin. Using a small amount of cream in dry areas will help your skin and also reduce scarring.
Look for Salicylic Acid in your skincare products
- Salicylic Acid is a beta-hydroxy acid which is attracted to oil and helps to break down excess oil. It also can help with inflammation and deep clean the pores. It is a great ingredient to target any congestion that can usually come with oily skin.
Try out a Clay Mask
- Don’t forget the benefits of a good clay mask. They’re fantastic friends when targeting oiliness because they act like sponges, absorbing excess oil.
Improve your gut health
- Unfortunately, what you eat can trigger issues on your skin. Sugar and dairy feed and increase oil production. What you need to eat are food rich in zinc, magnesium, vitamin B and omegas oil. Zinc in nuts, legumes and shellfish can help to regulate oil-producing gland.
Pick a foundation that won’t clog your pores.
- Many makeup foundations will clog your pores. Instead, grab a mineral based foundation (powder or liquid), not only are they largely non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t clog your pores), they’re unmatched in the oil-absorbing department, and can easily be layered up as the day goes on.