5 Ways to Treat and Manage Oily Skin
A person’s skin type is a funny thing. Dry, oily, combination- we tend to think that the “grass is always greener,” but truth be told there are pros and cons surrounding every skin type.
My combination skin is the perfect example. I’ll go through periods where everything is fine, there’s an even balance to my skin and them wham! All of a sudden dry patches on my face and/or neck appear overnight. Crazy, I know. Or sometimes parts of my face will become more oily than others, and I’m left trying to figure out how to combat that.
Not the most fun, as I’m sure people with the same skin type already know.
Now that winter is over though and dry skin issues aren’t as severe (as least hopefully not), oily skin issues need the proper attention. As warmer months are close ahead and intense sun exposure will be inevitable, I’m sure those with oily skin would like to know how to at best, manage it.
Through my own experiences, a bit of knowledge, and some research on the topic, oily skin issues can be treated in a number of ways. Some of the best ways include those that are effective without being altogether costly.
Here are 5 ways to manage your oily skin:
1. Blotting Paper
Blotting paper are highly absorbent, gentle sheets of paper that are used to control oil by dabbing them directly to the face. They can be found at the drugstore as well as at luxury cosmetic stores and are an effective way to reduce shine throughout the day.
What’s great about these papers is that you’re able to see the oil being eliminated from the skin’s surface, as it transfers on to the paper.
The product is compact which means you can take it with you wherever you go, and never have to worry about being too oily.
Those with oily skin should consider including a toner or astringent into their face care routine, after cleansing and before moisturizing.
The alcohol content in one of these products will help to dry out the oil that’s left on the face after it’s washed, which will help prevent or eliminate breakouts.
Be careful not overdo the amount of toner you apply the face, as too much of it can severely dry out or damage the skin. I’d say to coat one cotton ball or pad with toner and apply to face during your regimen, rather than using multiple pads.
3. Oil-Free Moisturizers
Another way to reduce the skin’s oil production is to control the amount of oil that goes onto it. That being said, oil-free moisturizes are a great option. Skin definitely needs moisture to remain healthy and comfortable, but an overly greasy moisturizer will only create more troublesome oily skin.
During one of my crazy diets I tapped into the whole oil-free thing, and found this Corn Huskers lotion to work pretty well.
Changing the kinds of foods you eat can also significantly affect your skin in a positive way. For example, eliminating greasy foods like pizza, fried chicken, and french fries, could mean less shine coming from your pores.
You don’t necessarily have to stop eating them altogether, but limiting how much you eat of them is certainly the first step in managing oily skin.
It starts by being conscious.
5. Egg Whites
Egg whites are rich in Vitamin A and have the ability to dry up excess oils on the skin when applied in a mask form.
I’ve actually used this method before and it really works. To make the mask all you need are the whites from one egg, mix them up and apply to a clean dry face. Allow the egg whites to dry for at least ten minutes, it will tighten as it dries, and rinse off with warm water.
Not only will the oils get absorbed from your pores, but your face will also get toned from being tightened under the egg white mask.
Good luck to those of you planning to try any of these methods. For those of you with oily skin, what methods have found to be most effective?
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