If your skin is prone to producing more oil than a Texas backyard, you’re well aware of how difficult it is to manage.
However, oily skin is an extremely common issue that millions deal with every day so getting it under control is simply a matter of knowing how.
Below are some tried and tested methods that are sure to gradually balance your skin’s oil production and give you the radiant complexion you’ve always wanted.
Start with a Cleanser
The tricky thing about cleansers is you want to use them enough to clear away pore-blocking debris, but you don’t want to overuse them and dry out your skin. If you have an oily skin type, drying out your skin will only cause your oil glands to overproduce natural oils in the future.
Try using a cleanser with salicylic acid – which will effectively dissolve dirt and debris, clearing out your pores – no more than twice a day to avoid stripping your skin of natural oils.
Keep it Hydrated
The key to fighting oily skin is finding a balance of moisture. If you completely ditch your moisturizer because you figure the oil is making your skin moist enough, you’re prolonging the problem.
After using an effective cleanser, apply a moisturizer that will help your skin’s natural barrier functions so it will retain moisture for longer. If your skin stays soft and hydrated, your sebaceous glands will produce less oil.
Exfoliate Every Week
Clogged pores are one of the leading causes of over-oily skin. When your pores get clogged your skin produces an excess of oil to try to flush out the dirt and debris.
Beat the oil to the punch by using a gentle exfoliant to scrub out the dead skin and other acne-causing impurities that your skin comes in contact with on a daily basis.
Rely on Vitamin A
Vitamin A is fantastic for treating acne because it speeds up cell turnover. This allows your pores to reshape more quickly so they can properly expel the natural oil your skin produces as opposed to trapping them causing breakouts.
Don’t Forget a Toner
Toners stimulate the blood circulation on the surface of your skin causing your pores to constrict. Depending on how often and where you use toners, they can either be your skin’s best friend or worst enemy.
Although they dry your oily skin, providing a temporary solution to your oil problem, applying toner too often can completely dry out your skin which leads to even more oil being produced.
The best way to approach using toners is only using them in your T-zone, or wherever your skin is most oily. Using toners on all of your skin is sure to cause dry patches. Also, space out your toner usage to a few times a week to ensure that your skin doesn’t dry out.
If you’re battling oily skin, know that you’re not alone in your struggle. But, if you’re not 100% positive if your skin is oily, dry or combination, check out our article detailing how you identify your skin type.
For those of you who are sure, try Lira Clinical’s ICE line. It features amazing products that will soothe problem skin, balancing out moisture levels and decimating breakouts. Start managing your oily skin today!