Five mistakes you’re making with oily skin
Here's how to fix it
Dealing with oily skin is never easy, especially in summer. It’s literally the season of random breakouts, greasy T-zones and overzealous blotting. But maybe it’s time you stopped blaming the humidity or your hormones and make note of common oily skin mistakes that may be worsening your skin situation.
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Myth: Oily skin = obsessive cleansing
“Cleansing your face very often is only going to make your skin oilier,” says dermatologist, Dr Kiran Lohia. “Your skin overcompensates for the drying out caused by excessive cleansing.” She recommends salicylic acid cleansers since they “exfoliate within the follicle and balance skin’s oiliness”.
Myth: Oily skin doesn’t need moisturising
Overactive sebum glands aren’t a substitute for daily moisturising. Your face is stripped of all surface oils after cleansing making skin quite defenseless. A moisturiser creates a layer of hydration that makes sure cells retain water.
Find one that works for your skin type. Deramlogica’s educational director, Avni Amlani suggests, “Look out for ingredients like ‘microsponges’ to absorb excess oil and give a matte look or ‘caffeine’ and ‘niacinamide’, which controls the sebum production and reduces the shiny appearance.”
Myth: It’s about drying out the oil
Not really, hydrating your skin is just as essential. Remember that lack of moisture leads to excessive sebum production. A moisturiser forms a protective layer over skin, which prevents this dehydration. Your best bet at battling the sebum is blotting paper and mattifying powder.
Myth: Face oils are a no go
If you thought oils were only for Sahara-like complexions, you’re missing out. It may sound counterintuitive, but facial oils will help balance sebum production. Try tea tree oil on blemishes, jojoba oil to fix your skin’s pH balance and grape seed oil to clear oils.
Myth: Only oily skin is prone to zits
It’s not the best idea to treat the entire face with a drying cleanser because you have an oily T-zone. Plus, Dr Lohia says, “Any skin type can develop acne as zits are typically caused by hormonal changes, not skin type”. Study your skin’s behaviour more carefully and make sure you’re treating it with the right skincare products.