Trying to keep oily skin under control can be a challenge, but it is completely possible to take care of your skin yourself for very little money and using products you have at home.
According to the New Zealand Dermatological Society, oily skin is caused by over productive sebaceous glands, which can be down to a number of different reasons, but one of the main causes is hormone imbalance. Therefore, conditions that are associated with oily skin, such as acne breakouts, can appear worse in the run up or during a woman’s period. To minimise the appearance of pimples, blackheads and enlarged pores it is essential to have a good skincare routine in place.
Follow these simple steps to improve the look and condition of your skin:
Wash your face twice a day with a gentle, oil-free cleanser. Lather the cleanser in your hands, then massage it onto your face with your fingertips and rinse off with warm water. If you do suffer from acne, look for a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which will help dry up any blemishes.
After you have washed your face, tone your skin with an astringent. Medicated astringents will help to clear up breakouts, but if you prefer to use a more natural toner, try witch hazel or fresh lemon juice, which will also save you a bit of money too. Apply the toner with a soft cotton ball or use pre-moistened pads.
Apply a mattifying gel or an oil-control moisturiser, which will soothe the skin whilst also helping prevent your pores from becoming clogged. If you wear makeup,always apply moisturiser before your foundation.
Exfoliate your skin regularly to remove the dirt and dead skin cells that can clog your pores. Buy an exfoliating cleanser that contains ground nut shells, fruit kernels or polymer-based microbeads, or try making your own by mixing baking soda with water to form a paste.
Give yourself a clay facial mask once or twice a week. Leave the mask on until it is completely dry, rinse off with warm water and then pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel.
To find out what skin type you have and to discover the best way to treat it along with the best products to use on your face, read our article ‘Do you know your skin Type?‘