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The Ultimate Guide to Take Care of Oily Skin



It’s the season for your face to produce more oil than it can handle. Yes, that’s right: oily skin is a seasonal problem, not a chronic one. Oily skin appears in the summer months as sweat glands in the face start to overcompensate for a dry environment by producing excess sebum and natural oils. To keep your skin hydrated and balance its moisture levels, you must find ways to keep it under control all year long. This article will help you understand the factors that cause oily skin and how to take care of it.


What is oily skin?

Under each of your pores is a sebaceous gland that produces natural oils called sebum. This helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy. In some people, the sebaceous glands can have too much oil. This creates oily skin.

You know you have oily skin if your skin constantly looks shiny and you go through several blotting sheets a day. Oily skin can even feel greasy within hours of cleansing.


Causes of Oily Skin

The causes of oily skin include:

1. Genetics: If one of your parents has oily skin, you’re likely to have it, too.

2. Enlarged pores: your pores can stretch out due to age, weight fluctuations, and previous breakouts. Larger pores also tend to produce more oil.

3. Using the wrong skin care products: Some people mistake combination skin for oily skin and might use too heavy creams, for example.

4. Skipping your moisturizer: instead of skipping moisturizer, the key is to find the right kind of moisturizer. Lightweight, water-based moisturizers work well for oily skin. Also, look for products that say they’re “oil-free” and “non-comedogenic” to help keep pores clear.

5. A Summer Challenge: This is the most common reason your skin is oily in the summer months. With higher levels of heat, your skin produces extra sebum to keep skin moisture levels balanced.

6. - Higher Levels of Stress: The amount of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands is directly proportional to the diet and stress levels, so if you have oily skin. Suppose you consume high-carb or sugary foods or are under a lot of stress. In that case, you are likely to experience excess sebum levels.


Tips to Take Care of Oily Skin

  1. Wash regularly:

Washing regularly (with warm water and gentle soap)can reduce the amount of oil on the skin. This is how you can cleanse your oily skin:

  • Use warm water.

  • Avoid soaps with harsh chemicals, which irritate or dry out the skin, making it respond by creating more sebum.

  • Avoid loofahs and rough washcloths, as added friction may stimulate the skin to produce more oil.

  • Choose suitable facial cleansers which contain acids that can tackle oily skin, such as:

  • salicylic acid,

  • glycolic acid,

  • beta-hydroxy acid

  • benzoyl peroxide


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2.Apply moisturizers:

Moisturizers may benefit the skin if the right ones are used.

While many people with oily skin steer clear of moisturizers for fear that their skin will look greasier, using suitable moisturizers can benefit this type of skin.

An oil-free moisturizer could help keep the skin moist and protected without feeling greasy for people with very oily skin.

Aloe vera could be a good moisturizer for treating acne and oily skin.Certain compounds in aloe vera can have a naturally soothing effect on the skin.

Some people use pure aloe gel for moisturizing. Still, they must be aware of hidden ingredients, especially denatured alcohol, which could dry and irritate the skin.

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