Oily Skin

Oily skin normally is described as shiny, thick and sometimes even dull coloured. Coarse pores, pimples and other discomforting blemishes are usual side effects of the chronically oily skin.

People with oily skin are prone to blackheads.

What happens with oily skin is that the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and tend to produce more oil than needed.

The oil comes out and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores get enlarged and skin takes arough look.

Causes of Oily Skin:

• Hormone balance

• Being pregnant

• Poor diet

• Contraceptive pills

• Hereditary factor

• Wrong type of cosmetics

• Hot weather and humidity

Because of the hormonal changes of adolescence, oily skin is more common in teenagers, but it can take place at any age.

Generally skin is supposed to get dryer with years. It’s during the adolescence when the circulation of sebum or oil is on the increase, but then it starts decreasing with age.

Activity of sebaceous glands could be imbalanced during pregnancy, menopause, in the process of hormonal changes.

Large number of people have mixed/ combination skin condition, when some of the skin in certain areas is oily and dry or normal in others.

Oily skin has an advantage of aging at a slower rate than other skin types. Special cleansing is required to prevent the pores from being clogged with plenty of hot water.

Specialists suggest not use harsh products that strip your skin of oil and cause flakiness.

These products could encourage such reaction as seborrhea, where the oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils.

Keep away from the products that leave your skin feeling tight and dehydrated, as they cause the upper layers of the skin to shrink. They restrict oil supply through the pores leading to blockages and breakouts.

Oil-based products, which dissolve sebum more effectively, are the best option for cleaning the oily skin.

Go for oil-free moisturizers to ensure a shine-free complexion.

Limiting washing your face to two or three times a day could be a good idea, as it will keep the production of the oil under control, as too much washing could stimulate your skin to supply more oil than necessary.

Take precautions when choosing cleanser, you do not need heavy cleansing creams if you have oily skin. Do not use harsh soaps or cleansers, but pure soaps with no artificial additives.

Make commitment with yourself to using cleansing lotions or lightly medicated soaps, and use them in combination with water rich in minerals rather than tap water.

Avoid lotions containing alcohol. To keep the skin supple for as long as possible apply a natural oil-free moisturizer straight after cleansing.

Hot water breaks up skin oil better than warm or cold water, therefore use hot water to wash your face.

In the case of extremely oily skin, three or four daily cleansings are a good idea, and little or no moisturizing is advised (unless you are over 30 years old).

After reaching the point of 30 years old, skin around your eyes and mouth and on your throat would benefit from nightly moisturizing, along with the touch of moisturizing in the morning.

When cleansing, one should massage the face using fingertips in an upward and outward motion.

Another good advice for people who have oily skin: do not rub soap into the skin as it can cause pores to clog.

If your oily skin is flaky, you can correct the problem by applying a deep-cleaning exfoliant on alternative nights, accompanied by a light coating of moisturizer.

For oily skin clay and mud masks are of great use. If you have sensitive skin, you can opt for white or rose-coloured clays.