Have you ever been in an embarrassing situation where your face is so shiny that the glare could people’s eyes? If you have a problem with your oily skin, you are not alone.
If you struggle with the daily routine of removing oil on your face that resembles an oil spill, you know how annoying and embarrassing it is to remove the oil constantly from your face in a social setting. You probably understand how difficult it is to get oily skin under control. Truth be told, many skincare products sold commercially claim to help with oil control or reduce oil production, actually aggravate the skin condition and make it worse.
Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics shares his view on how you can effectively control oily skin, revive your skin and restore its natural glow without the shine!
Check Your Labels of Your Skincare Products
Take some time to look at the ingredient list of your skincare products. If they contain alcohol (especially SD alcohol and denatured alcohol), you should avoid them at all cost. Alcohol is very harsh on the skin and very often, it is the main culprit that cause your skin to dry out very quickly. Alcohol is commonly added to skincare products to give you the quick-drying finish as it immediately degreases your skin. The alcohol drying up on your skin gives you the impression that your skin has absorbed all the goodness that the product offers. In the long run, the alcohol damages your skin and makes breakouts worse.
It may sound counter-intuitive to moisturise when your face is greasy. “Truth is that you need to moisturise regularly regardless of your skin type.” said Dr. Siew. Choosing the right moisturiser is key especially if you have oily skin. Applying moisturiser helps to regulate sebum production and gives the skin an overall better texture. Avoid moisturisers that contain emollients such as paraffin, dimethicone, petroleum, castor oil, and siloxane etc. These ingredients make the moisturiser heavy and greasy. Using them will exacerbate your skin condition and clog your pores. Over time, you may develop acne and blackhead if you can’t get rid of the dirt lodged deep in your pores.
“Look out for lightweight moisturisers that use plant-based oils such as vegetable-based glycerin, avocado, coconut, olive and tea tree.”, Dr. Siew suggested. These oils are easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a layer of oil on your face. These plant-based oils have properties that are also beneficial to the skin. If you are not sure what moisturisers to use, you can consider one of these. Get one to try it out today!
Find A Suitable Cleanser
Just like moisturiser, it is important to find a suitable cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin. You want a cleanser to effectively remove the oils and dirt lodged deep in the pores without tripping the natural oils and excessively drying out the skin. “Choose a face wash that is colourless. Colourless face wash means that there is not added moisturiser in the wash.” said Dr. Siew. Additional useful ingredients that you may want to look out for are benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, salicylic acid etc. These ingredients are effective in restoring the balance of oil production.
“As tempting as it may be, do not wash your face more than two or three times a day.” he added.
Although oily skin can be difficult to manage, there are some home remedies you can try in the comfort of your own home. Great news is that these ingredients are easy to find and inexpensive! “For some less serious cases, you can consider some home remedies that have worked well for many people. There is no need to use chemicals and expensive medicine to regulate sebum production.” said Dr. Siew.
Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to one whipped egg white. Apply the mixture on your face. Leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Doing this once a week can help regulate oil production and tone and tighten your face. The egg white solution tightens the skin and lemon juice is useful for soaking up excess oil.
Mixing equal proportions of yogurt, honey, and oats and apply a thick coat on your face. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Incorporating this in your skincare regime once a week helps to exfoliate the dead skin and absorb excess oil and dirt from the pores. Over time, you will notice softer skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin will appear to have less oil as the honey and oat help to regulate sebum production.
Improve Your Diet
As the saying goes – You are what you eat. What you eat not only determines how healthy you are inside but also determines how good your skin looks. The healthier your diet, the better it is for your skin. Avoid dairy products. They contain a growth hormone called IGF-1 which is not beneficial to humans. Dairy sticks on to the dead skin cells inside the pores, stopping them from being removed from your body naturally. This leads to clogged pores and acne. Excessive sugar intake can also lead to increase in oil production as they have high glycemic index which is harmful to your skin. Excessive intake of salt may also damage your skin by causing inflammation.
Try to include a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colours (red, yellow, white, green, purple) to reap the antioxidant benefits that these pigments provide.
If you think that you need to seek medical help to control the oil production, Radium Medical Aesthetics offers Spectra Laser Carbon Peel which helps to improve skin conditions such as acne, large pores, skin oiliness and pigments.
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