Beat that shine and keep that T-zone in control!
A shiny T-zone, breakouts, enlarged pores and/or an orange-peel-like skin texture – these are just some of the common problems for every woman with oily skin. You can blame it on the sebaceous glands that work overtime to produce excess sebum (it’s probably worse for us as Asians tend to have more oil glands) but don’t give up on your quest to attaining a flawless complexion.
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way out of your greasy problem but there are a couple of things you can do to help keep your oily skin in control:
1. Use the right cleanser
After a day out, cleansing your face might feel like bliss but if what your skin is feeling is this tight or ‘squeaky’ clean sensation, stop using the product. Rather than controlling the oil gland production, it’s actually over-drying your skin which will subsequently produce more oil to replace the sudden dryness.
2. Choose the right ingredients
Opt for salicylic acid and avoid products that contain alcohol. Salicylic acid is drawn to oil so it’ll go right to the oil glands to remove the oil instead of just going over your skin’s surface.
3. Don’t over-moisturize
Here’s another proof that a ‘squeaky’ clean feeling post-cleansing is a bad sign. When this happens, oily skin types might think they have to apply more moisturizer and this causes the oil glands to produce more oil instead. Try to wait 20 to 30 minutes after washing the face to see if you really need that much moisturizer.
4. Cream-based moisturizers are a no-no
Cos it can add more grease to the skin. Look for oil-free, non-comedogenic, or water-based moisturizers instead – gel ones are especially a great option! Having oily skin doesn’t mean your skin is well-hydrated so be sure to also choose one with an ingredient like hylauronic acid which doesn’t affect the oil balance.
5. Exfoliate once or twice a week
Excess sebum could lead to more dead skin cells and this goes on to result in pimples, acne, whiteheads, blackheads and even dull-looking skin. Hence, it’s important to include exfoliation as part of your weekly skincare routine. Just be sure to be gentle.