The Symptoms of Oily Skin and How to Treat and Prevent It

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Oily skin might seem like a serious problem that won’t go away, but there are a couple of things you can do to ease the condition. Firstly, you need to understand how things work and what is within your power when it comes to adjustments and change. So if you want to learn how to prevent oily skin, as well as treat it, read on.

Most of the Time, It Affects the Face

Oily skin is a super common problem people face. It isn’t dangerous or serious, but there are so many reasons why someone might want to improve their condition. In the majority of cases, oily skin will manifest on the face. Naturally, this is the primary reason why people look for ways to make their skin less oily.

We should mention that skin produces oils naturally, and that applies to everyone on Earth. The oils maintain hydration and make sure the skin is healthy. The problem occurs when the skin is too oily and when it becomes shiny.

Another sign that someone’s skin is too oily or greasy is large (and obvious) pores on the surface. Furthermore, the skin can often look rough or even thick, with occasional pimples, blackheads, and clogged pores.

What Is Sebum?

Under each of our pores on the skin, there is a sebaceous gland. These organs produce sebum, which is natural oil. As we have mentioned before, sebum has the role of keeping the skin hydrated. The problem occurs if these glands start producing too much oil. This can lead to shiny skin, and sebum can combine with dead skin cells and cause breakouts on the skin.

While there is no way to get rid of the oil in your skin, there are a couple of ways you can make the problem less apparent. The reasons for oily skin can be various, and they include age, genetics, environment, enlarged pores, skincare products, and so on.

How Do You Treat Oily Skin?

Since there is no way to change your genetics or age, many people start worrying that the problem is unsolvable. However, that’s not true. You just need to learn how to treat oily skin. There are a couple of ways you can do so.

Wash Your Face

One of the most obvious methods that will help you treat oily skin is washing it. This doesn’t include the face only but every other body part as well. Buy a mild soap and use warm water to wash your face. The safest option is to avoid soaps that have fragrances, chemicals, moisturizers, and so on. If this is not helpful, you can try searching for medicated products designed for oily skin.

Use a Toner

Toners are lotions designed to clean the skin, and some can even shrink pores. Using toners can also help moisturize, freshen up, and protect the skin of the face. People often use products with alcohol since it can dry the skin.

Pat the Face Dry

After you are done washing your face or using a toner, you should pat the face dry using a soft towel. It is highly recommended to avoid rubbing your skin while drying it since it can lead to the skin producing even more sebum.

Use Blotting Papers and Medicated Pads

Today, you can find numerous companies that design blotting papers for dry skin. These products are meant to absorb the undesirable oil from the skin, and they are quite easy to use. Naturally, papers and pads won’t treat the condition, but they will help the skin appear less shiny.

Use a Facial Mask

The first thing we should say here is that not every mask will help people with oily skin. Some of the ingredients you should look for are clay, honey, and oatmeal. 

Apply Moisturizers

People would think that they should avoid using moisturizers if they have this problem, but in reality, there are some types that may be able to help. Namely, you should look for oil-free moisturizers. These products will keep the skin hydrated and protect it. The safest way to go is to get something with aloe vera.

These are just some tips that may help you along the way, but if you have any doubts, you can always consult your dermatologist.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

As with any skin condition (or any problem in general), prevention is so much better than looking for a cure. Here, we will take a look at some of the things you can do and change in your lifestyle that can have a positive impact on your skin.

Try to find a consistent skin routine that works for your type of skin. If you manage to achieve this, stick to it. People often try to hide skin conditions with makeup, and there are some products that may cause a countereffect, for example, oil-based products.

The safest option is to start using water-based makeup, and it can be an excellent alternative that will alleviate your condition.

Finally, you might want to adjust your diet since some people can have reactions to certain types of food. It might be a good idea to avoid greasy food, fats, and sugar and focus on a well-rounded diet that’s filled with whole foods.

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