How to treat oily skin - so that you no longer have to worry about '10am shine', clogged pores and breakouts!
If have oily skin, and also deal with breakouts and blackheads; if your skin is greasy and dull and you're tired of trying to find the right solution - this article will show you the best way to finally deal with it.
By addressing the causes of oily skin with an effective skin care routine as well as a few quick tips, you can get back to the ease and confidence of clear, well balanced skin!
You've probably resigned yourself to the 'oily skin type', which suggests this is a condition which can only be controlled at best - requiring harsh treatments that just make your skin worse in the long run.
BUT the fact is, even if you were born with larger pores, helping them to produce just the right amount of sebum needed for lubrication and protection will keep your skin beautiful (bonus - oilier skins age better!).
So let's get on with it...
To treat oily skin you need to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize properly. Not surprising huh?
But these basic steps in your skin care routine really do make or break your results depending on what you use and how you use it.
The best cleanser for oily skin isn't a harsh, moisture-stripping soap, which just increases the sebum production of pores as they struggle to maintain balance.
A gentle yet active cleanser is the best choice - one that contains exfoliators such as glycolic, salicylic and lactic acid.
Saliyclic acid - dissolves oil and deep cleanses
Glycolic acid - sloughs off dead skin cells
Lactic acid - provides gentle exfoliation and hydration (important!)
While you may be repeating what I hear often - "you wash your cleanser off anyway so what's the point" - the difference this step can make to your skin in the short amount of time it takes is surprising.
Bona Fide Skin Care's Alpha Beta Cleanser contains 0.5% of each acid, and is gentle enough to use even on sensitive skins. It will leave you feeling properly cleansed and refreshed, without the dryness.
Use it twice a day - massage in for 30seconds, and you will see the results.
This is perhaps the most important step in treating oily skin, yet it's often overlooked or done wrong (gritty, damaging scrubs anyone?)
A daily application of glycolic acid is incredibly effective. (See details about how to use it here>>)
It provides a continuous, even exfoliation of the skin to control oil, refines pore and prevent breakouts (plus it is a very powerful anti aging ingredient!)
You'll be motivated by the instant results - instantly brighter, tighter looking, and will stay matte all day.
See our easy to use and highly effective Glycolic Daily Exfoliator 7.5% in our shop here.
You can get your cleanser and exfoliator right, but the wrong moisturizer can negate them completely. If you already use a good cleanser and exfoliator, yet can't seem to get the results you need, take a look at your moisturizer.
The best moisturizer for oily skin is oil free (duh!), it should absorb easily and help your skin stay matte. It won't instantly clog your pores up again after that excellent cleansing and exfoliating!
It also needs to hydrate and protect - benefits which are vital in helping your skin to regain balance and look good.
Using a clay mask twice a week is a good idea if you have excess oiliness and grease. Clay actively absorbs oil, helps to refine pores, and stimulates skin.
If you have an oily T Zone, just apply it to this area while your cheeks soak up a hydrating mask. This is a great way to help your skin looks it's best before a night out!
Take care of your oily skin by keeping it balanced and healthy, and it will take care of you! After all, it has natural lubrication - so your skin will age well and remain supple for longer :)