Oily skin is often caused by nothing more than genetics. You may think that oily skin is a curse that you must battle day after day. Factually, oily skin can be a blessing. You simply need to know how to treat your skin with the care it needs and deserves.
Cleaning Oily Skin
The biggest mistake most people with oily skin make is over-cleaning. You may suffer from regular breakouts, causing you to believe that your skin isn’t clean enough. This makes you scrub harder while using harsher chemicals. You may actually be causing more harm than good.
The key to cleaning oily skin is to use the right product, not the strongest. A cleanser that dries too much can deplete all of the natural oils in your skin, making your face inflamed and flaky. Soaps upset the Ph balance in your skin, giving you a mottled appearance and causing even more breakouts.
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent, all-purpose cleanser. Use a cotton pad soaked in apple cider vinegar to clean your face, allow it to rest for a few minutes, and then rinse with a warm, not hot, washcloth. Witch hazel is also a popular cleanser for oily skin, but it can be drying. Add a fatty oil like olive or argan oil, to balance the drying properties.
Exfoliating Oily Skin
While a harsh cleanser is a bad idea for oily skin, an exfoliating scrub is a good idea for all skin types. Create your own by mixing oatmeal, honey and argan oil. Oatmeal is well known for calming inflamed skin. Crushed oatmeal or oatmeal powder will give you a deep clean without stripping away your skin’s natural oils. Honey is a natural cleanser that washes away excessive oil. Argan oil provides the balance needed in skin that is either too oily or too dry.
Add a drop of neroli essential oil to any exfoliating scrub. This essential oil is pleasant smelling, but is so much more. It is excellent for sensitive skin, so it can be used if you are experiencing a breakout. It also has restorative properties, making it a good choice for minimizing the appearance of acne scars.
Moisturizing Oily Skin
You may think that your oily skin does not need to be moisturized. This is a sad mistake that can cause your skin to age prematurely. While oily skin does tend to have fewer fine lines and wrinkles than dry skin, it also needs to be quenched on a daily basis.
The best moisturizer for oily skin is an oil itself. Aloe vera, tea tree, geranium and jojoba oils are perfect choices for oily skin. These oils are all drying, but they also have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that both treat and stop breakouts.