Tired of constantly having a shiny face and acne breakouts? You’re not alone. Oily skin is a problem for a lot of teenagers and adults. But it’s important to remember that oil itself is not the problem. Your skin has natural oils and it’s to help keep your skin soft, supple, and wrinkle-free. But as your teen years swing by, your hormones kick up and that can also kick up oil production. You know what happens next: zits and greasy-looking skin. The problem then is not oil but just too much oil. Hopefully, your hormones will settle as you reach adulthood but in the meantime, try following this routine to help cut back on oily skin.
1. Wash your face twice a day
It’s been said before, but it really needs repeating. Wash your face in the morning after you wake up and just before you go to bed at night. Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you should just wash excessively. Extra washing just dries your skin out and will only encourage more oil production to make up for the dryness.
2. Use gentle cleansers that don’t contain soaps and oils
Soaps are too harsh for your face and oils are too rich. The best cleanser will clean out your pores and keep your skin moisturized at the same time.
3. Use your fingertips to gently put product on your face
For some teens, using a washcloth will only irritate the skin. The best solution is to use your clean fingertips to gently massage your cleanser and/or your moisturizer on to your face.
4. Pat your face dry with a face towel
A key part in skincare is making sure you don’t irritate your skin. If your skin is already oily and acne-prone, then rough scrubbing can worsen the condition. Gentle pats will get rid of the moisture and won’t disturb your skin.
5. Use a toner
You know how toners aren’t necessary for everyone? It’s highly recommended for teens with oily skin types. It might be tempting to use a toner with astringent, but astringents can actually irritate your skin! It’s better to use a toner with all-natural ingredients that will balance your skin. If your skin is sensitive, try applying the toner only in the problem areas—usually, the nose, chin and forehead.
Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you can skip on moisturizing. Cleansers and toners, even the gentlest ones, will clean and dry your skin. Moisturizers are there to hydrate your skin and keep it looking firm and fresh. Oil-free moisturizers are best for oily skin types.
7. Apply sunscreen
Although the summer sun may not be glaring down at you, the UVA/UVB rays are still doing damage to your skin. Sunscreen on any skin type and in most weather is a must. Sunscreen can feel greasy and thick, but that’s probably because the sunscreen you’re thinking of is the sun block you used on your body. Make sure to use oil-free sunscreen formulated specifically for your face. What’s better than sunscreen is having a moisturizer with built in SPF protection of 15 or higher. Now you’re ready for the day!
8. Use blotting paper
Unfortunately, as you go through classes, you get tired, sweaty, and your face ends up greasy and shiny. A good way to fight this is to use oil blotting paper. Oil blotting paper is a quick fix and brings shine under control. If possible, keep a compact handy to check your face throughout the day and use oil blotting paper as needed.
9. Use facial masks and clays (as needed)
If your skin continues to be oily, try using facial masks and clays. Pick a facial mask that is especially soothing and formulated specifically for oily skin. A facial mask or clay will draw out the oil in your skin. However, only use facial masks or clay if you absolutely have to. It definitely shouldn’t be part of your daily or even weekly routine. Facial masks or clay can dry your skin out if you’re not careful. A good way to try out facial masks or clay is to apply the product only in the oily areas.
The key to handling oily skin is balance. You want your skin to cut back on oil production without drying it out. It will take time, patience and effort but ultimately, your skin and you are worth it. Do you know of any other tips to help control oily skin?