Oftentimes, when someone has oily skin, they feel the need to wash more often or skip the moisturizer because their skin is already so oily. But the truth is, stripping your skin of those natural oils will stimulate even more oil production, causing the skin to be excessively oily and break out more often.
Our skin produces those natural oils to keep the skin soft and maintain that barrier that keeps the moisture in and environmental irritants out.
Below are some habits that might lead to excessive oil production.
1. Washing the skin more than twice a day may feel like a solution for your oily skin, but in reality the skin is being stripped of its natural oils causing the skin to over produce oil, leaving you with extremely oily skin and even more breakouts. It is recommended that you wash your face once in the morning to create a clean palette for your moisturizer, sunscreen and make up and wash once at night to get rid of the makeup and environmental pollutants.
2. You might think your oily skin doesn’t need to be moisturized but think again! Adding moisturizer to your skin in the morning will help minimize the skin’s perception that it’s too dry. The moisturizer will help to reduce the oiliness of your skin because it will slow the production of oil. Here’s Elle Magazine’s list of 15 Face Moisturizers that it recommends.
3. When washing your face, you might scrub your face vigorously trying to scrub the oils away but what you’re actually doing is irritating the skin causing the skin to produce more oil. Instead of scrubbing use a cleanser that has salicylic acid in it. Salicylic acid works to dissolve the oils on the skin which will allow the wash to penetrate the pores and dry out the oily skin. To find out more about the benefits of Salicylic acid click here.
4. Clients with oily skin think they need a strong, harsh alcohol-based toner to get the skin squeaky clean. However, the alcohol in the astringent will actually irritate the skin, making the skin feel taut, itchy or even pink. Using harsh toners can cause the skin to compensate for the stripping of the natural oil and actually produce more oil. If you’re going to use a toner make sure you find one without alcohol in it!
If you live in the Van Buren / Fort Smith area and you need help with your skin, we at Radiant Wellness would love to help you with our Esthetician Services.
Lexi Sampley, Esthetician (Radiant Wellness)
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