Oily skin represents one of the biggest skin concerns. Skin is shiny, pores are large, and acne just can’t take a break. Is there anything you can do to make your skin look better? Of course, you can! We have prepared a guide on how to take care of oily skin. There are a couple of crucial steps you need to take, and we are here to present them.
If you have oily skin, don’t worry, because you are not alone. Recent studies show that an estimated 75% of people, aged 15-20 have problems with oily skin.
In many cases, hormones are the main culprit of oily skin. However, taking care of oily skin doesn’t necessarily mean you should get rid of oil. On the contrary, you should find a way to balance your skin and prevent it from breakouts.
How to Recognize Oily Skin Type
Aside from shining all the time, these are some of the symptoms that come with an oily skin type.
- Shiny skin all the time
- Big open pores
- Pimples, whiteheads, blackheads
- Often skin breakouts
Cleansing Your Skin
Cleansing your skin twice a day is the crucial step you need to take. Though people with all other skin types should cleanse their skin, it is extremely important to give yourself a good face wash in the morning when you have oily skin.
Cleansing your face will remove the oily residue that creates a greasy film, bacteria, and pollutants. When it comes to ingredients, look out for exfoliating cleansers, or those with salicylic acid. All cleansers should be with a low pH.
One of the biggest mistakes people with oily skin make is choosing harsh cleansers. You don’t need to strip off all the skin sebum. Moreover, if you remove all the sebum, your skin will even create more!
Toning Your Skin
Balancing out pH and removing the potential bacteria that has been left after cleansing is one of the main toner’s purposes. You can use exfoliating toners with either salicylic, lactic, or glycolic acid.
Finding toner for oily skin is not an easy task, we must admit. Many of those toners still consist of alcohol since they need to clean oily skin thoroughly. You can try our Dynamic Toner, which hydrates yet gently exfoliates the skin. It is anti-bacterial and suitable for acne-prone skin.
Exfoliating Your Skin
There is only one way you can exfoliate your oily skin properly - by using salicylic acid. The thing with this acid that separates it from others is that it penetrates inside your pores and cleans them. So, no more clogged pores, blackheads, and acne.
You should exfoliate 2-3 times a week. The key to balancing out your oily skin is not to overdo it with an exfoliator. This is one of the crucial steps in how to take care of oily skin routine.
Moisturizing Your Skin
You need to look for a moisturizer that is lightweight, water-based, and free of oils. One of the main problems why moisturizers don’t work for people with oily skin is oils inside the moisturizers.
Instead, opt for oil-free moisturizers. They still have emollients - ingredients that act like oils, lock in the moisture, yet leaves your skin without greasy residue.
Our water-based Gem in a Bottle face night moisturizer is great for oily skin. It is recommended to use in your evening routine, due to Vitamin C and a lot more good-quality ingredients.
Even though it is an extra layer on your skin, wearing sunscreen is simply not optional. You need to wear it, especially when you are outside.
Pick the lightweight, oil-free sunscreen that won’t be heavy on your oily skin. We recommend our Habaek Sun Protection which is water-based and leaves no greasy film on your face.
Bonus: Use Oil-Blotting Papers
When you have oily skin, especially when you wear makeup, you need to be alert on oily patches appearing. That is why it is handy to have oil-blotting papers in your bag.
These small papers will absorb the excess oil, without ruining your makeup. It is a practical way of maintaining balanced skin when you are outside the house.