“Oily skin is caused by over-active sebaceous glands that produce a substance called sebum, a naturally healthy skin lubricant. When the skin produces excessive sebum, it becomes heavy and thick in texture. Oily skin is typified by shininess, blemishes and pimples. The oily-skin type is not necessarily bad, since such skin is less prone to wrinkling, or other signs of aging, because the oil helps to keep needed moisture locked into the epidermis” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin)
There are several causes of oily skin, such as hormonal causes, pregnancy, taking birth control pills, humidity, weather, and cosmetic/skin care regimen. In my case, I guess my oily skin is caused by hormone level. The hormonal imbalance caused by pregnancy and menopause may also trigger the activity of sebaceous glands. In case of hormonal, usually the oil level tends to become lesser with age. I myself experience that my skin become less dry than in my teenager ages.
Here are some of my tips to deal with my oily skin:
- I believe that everything is started from good cleansing. I always do two steps of cleansing: cleansing milk and face cleanser. Cleansing milk helps to dissolve impurities and excess oil from my skin, while the face soap to ensure that I’ve perfectly cleaned my skin. Arazyme is my best face cleanser so far. But I’m waiting to get my BRTC Blemish Soap from Riebutik. I’ll review it soon.
- No more than three times of cleansing a day since it can overly strip the skin of its natural oils and then body will be provoked to boost the production of these oils. Sometimes when I need to clean my face more than twice, I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser which is mild enough and ensure to moist while cleaning my face
- I prefer to rinse my skin with lukewarm rather than cold/hot water. Cold water can shrink pores; can not properly remove sebum and dirt, while hot water can strip the needed moisture. Besides, lukewarm water helps to open the clogged pores which may lead to skin problems.
- Use non-comedogenic products which are oil-free and won't clog pores.
- Use oil blotting sheets. I use this whenever I start to feel greasy
- Cleanse any makeup off before bed to reduce the risk of clogged pores
- Drink more water and vegetables can also help in controlling the oil production