Oily Skin
 

Living with skin that produces more oil than it needs takes a bit of patience and understanding. Taking care of oily skin is made easier if you get to know what works best for you and your skin's particular needs.
The bright side of oily skin is that it is not deficient in protective natural skin oils, which can actually be a good thing in many ways, as your skin will most likely not age prematurely or become overly dry in harsh conditions. Being on "the flip side" of dry skin, which requires plenty of hydration and moisturizers, oily skin requires more frequent face masks and astringents or skin toners to help maintain the balance.

Care for oily skin Washing with a gentle cleanser a couple of times a day can help minimize excess oil and reduce build-up of bacteria. Skin toners or astringents help with the pH of the skin by making it more acidic, so they are important to use directly after washing, as soap is typically alkaline and skin thrives better when acidic. And, bacterial growth is kept at a minimum in an acidic environment.
Gentle is key There are many good reasons for using cleansers that are gentle on the skin, one is that the skin can maintain a healthier balance when it's not stripped of any and all oil, which helps protect the skin. And, removing too much oil may actually make the oil production cycle worse. There is a term called "reactive seborrhoea" ... this is a phenomenon that occurs when the skin is cleansed too harshly. To compensate for the loss, the skin produces more oil. So, in light of this, it could be that gentle cleansing is much less likely to trigger such a response. And, it's a more sound method of cleansing the skin, as it isn't so "drying" as many of the stronger, detergent-type solutions, which may cause a "sebaceous response."

No harsh chemicals However, even with this type of information coming to light in regard to how to treat oily skin, there continues to be recommendations that drastic measures are called for in the cleansing of oily skin to "dissolve the oils." Some of the advice says to use acetone on your skin. Ingredients such as acetone, a solvent, are extremely strong treatments that may actually cause harm to the skin by ridding it of all its natural oil. If you have chosen to use this ingredient, please think this over, as there are much better, and gentler, ways to treat your skin.
 
Protect, replenish
All we are looking to do is remove some excess oil, so the overall care and condition of our skin should not be overlooked in the process. Perhaps these harsh ingredients are advised because they are strong enough to remove or dissolve oil almost immediately. Although this may be the case, it does not address the needs of the skin as a whole, which requires some natural protective oils to remain for even tone, healthy balance, and luster. Where too much oil causes shine, too little oil causes dullness, so balance is really what we are trying to accomplish.
 
Astringents
A little patience can go a long way. Our skin gradually produces oil throughout the course of the day and night. A gentle cleansing in the morning and the evening should help to control the existence of excess oil. Combined with the use of an astringent during the day, which can help refreshen and cleanse the skin without literally washing it, and facial masques every few days, a balance you can work with should be within reach. Mild ingredients allow you to keep your skin clean and use them as frequently as you wish, without causing any harm to your skin.
 
Although this process may not be an immediate one, such as with harsh chemicals, it is an effective one that works in harmony with the oil production level of the skin. Work in harmony Methods that quickly dissolve oil may create a feeling of "instant clean," but it could come with a price to pay. Since our skin is gradually producing oil, then the most natural way to effectively combat it is to gradually attend to it. There is no such thing as ridding the skin of oils before they exist; yet, when we strip our skin of all oils, that is what we are in essense attempting to do, and, we are actually drying out our skin which leaves it with no protective barrier or layer of defense. Working with your skin's natural oil producing cycle in a gentle way leads skin into balance, rather than forcing it to be something it's not ... dry skin, which is not our aim in the first place.

Techniques such as the use of natural clays can be used to draw out impurities and excess oil from the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft. This serves as a thorough cleanser that aids in the removal of dead skin cells, while nutrifying the skin. The use of mild facial scrubs are also beneficial, although they are not as gentle as facial masks and some of the more abrasive types could be irritating to sensitive skin.
No comedogenic As for moisturizers, they may still be needed, but in a much different way than with balanced or dry skin. You may only need to apply on certain areas, such as with combination skin, or, just a very light-textured lotion may be needed. It's important to not clog the pores or smother the skin. Natural oils that penetrate the skin quickly are best. Some oils are heavier than others and can clog pores ... they are referred to as being "comedogenic," from the word comedo, which can be debris, thick oils, or a blemish that clogs a pore. Others are easily absorbed and do not clog pores, making them non-comedogenic. When selecting products, it's best to investigate if a product or ingredient has the "propensity of comedogenicity."  In simpler terms, make sure it isn't known to clog pores. For instance, cocoa butter and soybean oil may be comedogenic, whereas oils such as castor, jojoba, olive, safflower, sunflower, avocado, are not.

The use of oil-based cleansers or lotions, which are not made of synthetic ingredients, such as mineral oil, but instead are natural oils derived from plants, such as olive, castor, and jojoba can help your skin retain its natural moisture while unclogging pores, leaving your skin clean, but nourished. Also, soaps or cleansers made with oils can sometimes serve as a "built-in" moisturizers, reducing the need for a moisturizer.
Some skin care tips for oily skin ...

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser at least a couple of times a day ... soap made with oils can help to draw the oil from your skin and wash it away, as oil attracts oil. However, heavier oils, such as cold creams, may clog pores, so are not advised.

Refrain from using vegetable shortening for make-up removal, as it can clog pores. Choose natural lubricating oils or ointments that can safely remove make-up while nourishing the skin without clogging pores.

Use a face masque about at least twice a week or more ... natural clays are best, as they pull toxins from the skin and remove oils.

Gently exfolliate with a mild scrub a few times a week.

Astringents should be handy so you may use them as frequently as you wish ... for instance, witch hazel hydrosol will help balance your skin. It's best to stay away from toners that include isoprophyl alcohol, as it can be overly drying and possibly damaging to the skin over time.

Some essential oils help to balance oil content of the skin, such as Petitgrain (bitter orange) and Rose-Geranium ... products that include small amounts of these oils can be beneficial to the skin's oil balance. (Sunlight should be avoided for several hours after the use of any product with wonderful Petitgrain, however, as it is a photosensitizer.)

If using foundation make-up, make sure it's intended for use with oily skin (non-comedogenic) ... mineral make-up, such as face powder, may be a good alternative.

If you have oily hair, try to wear a style that keeps it away from your face.


Some ingredients to avoid are products containing oil from petroleum, including mineral oil (clogs pores); products that contain isopropyl alcohol (too harsh); ingredients such as bismuth oxychloride and dimethicone, which are found in some foundations or face powders (clogs pores); detergents found in some skin care products, such as sodium laurel sulfate (strips skin of natural oils, which can prompt skin to produce too much oil.)

Be kind and gentle to your oily skin!


Information regarding other skin types ...
Dry Skin
Our skin maintains a delicate moisture balance. We may lose this balance for a variety of reasons.
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Normal (Balanced)
The skin type referred to as "normal" is actually skin that is "balanced" ... not dry or oily.
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Acne
Skin conditions are often very uncomfortable, or even painful and beyond simply troublesome.
Read more ...
Combination Skin
Ideally, caring for combination skin requires a bit of knowledge about how to care for balanced, dry, and oily skin.
Read more ...

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