If you have oily skin, then you are likely battling acne breakouts. This happens because the excess oil produced by your skin clogs your pores and triggers a chain reaction that causes acne breakouts.
Furthermore, aggravating factors, such as climate, pollution, and sweat, can encourage bacteria proliferation and pore clogging, and lead to increased acne flare-ups. Therefore, you need to follow the right skincare routine and guidelines that can help you balance your oily skin and reduce acne.
Dos And Don’ts For Oily Skin & Acne Reduction
If your skin is producing excessive oil than it needs, and/or you are struggling with acne, here are some dos and don’ts to help balance your oily skin and reduce acne.
Do Wash Your Face Regularly
Wash your face twice a day – every morning, evening, and after intense exercises or sports activity. When washing, do not scrub your skin, as this can cause irritation and make things worse. Use a mild, gentle face wash that will dry out your skin, but leave enough oil, so as not to trigger an increased oil production.
Do Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face
Consciously keep your hands away from your face. You should touch your face only when you are cleansing, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen or makeup. This is because frequently touching your face can spread oil, dirt, and germs from your hand to your face and aggravate your acne problems. If you frequently touch your face absentmindedly, make sure you wash your hand often.
Do Choose The Right Skincare Product And Makeup
Choose skin care products that combat excessive oil but do not strip your skin entirely of needed oil, and only use makeups that are suitable for your oily skin type – i.e., those that are labelled oil-free. Oil-free, water-based makeups are always preferable, as these won’t further add to the oil on your face and clog your pores. Do wash your hands before applying skin care product and clean your makeup brushes to avoid transfer of dirt and germs.
Do Check Your Diet
Although not everyone is sensitive to different categories of food, you should check your diet if you suffer from acne. Try reducing your intake of foods that often contribute to acne flare-ups and see if it clears up. These food categories, include salty fried snacks such as chips, dairy products, gluten, and chocolate.
Don’t Scrub Your Skin
Scrubbing your skin aggressively in an attempt to get rid of the excess oil, only irritates your skin and aggravates your acne problem. Therefore, when applying any skin care product, including exfoliators and cleansers, do it gently with your finger and rub in circular motions.
Don’t Pop Those Pimples
It’s very tempting, we know, but you should avoid popping your pimples, as it may cause damage to your skin. Picking at the breakouts on your face will cause the pimples to heal slowly and leave a mark behind. Even if your pimple has a white head, do not pop it.
If you really can’t help yourself, wash your hands carefully, use tissue or cotton to do the deed, it will avoid marking your skin, apply anti-bacterial/anti-scarring cream (and hide that sheepish grin).
Don’t Skip Moisturizer
Although your skin is oily, it is still important that you moisturize your skin to keep it hydrated. Keeping your skin hydrated will prevent your skin from producing excess oils to compensate for the lack of moisture.
Don’t sleep on a dirty pillowcase
Dirt, grease, and grime can accumulate on your pillowcase, as you rest your face on them nightly. Therefore, ensure that you change your pillowcase frequently to keep your freshly washed face clean. Also, always remove all makeup before going to bed, as sleeping in your makeup will clog your pores.
Using numerous types of acne treatment on your skin can be counterproductive, and cause more damage to your skin. Stick to a particular high-quality product that has proven results, and give it time to do its job.
Although oil helps preserve the skin, if you have oily skin, you have to find a balance to ensure your skin has only the right amount of oil it needs. Following the above dos and don’ts, while making use of Alcheme’s personalized skin care products will help manage your oily skin and reduce acne breakouts.