In the world today, some people may have oily skin and struggle with spots and blemishes. Some others may have excessive oiliness but clear skin. Some people too may have oily skin but may be experiencing dryness and tightness, while some others who have normal skin types complain of some areas of their skin experiencing patches of oiliness. Why do these types of skin issues occur? Well, don’t fret because now you will understand the reasons for these, how to select a skincare routine for oily and blemish-prone skin and avoid common mistakes and pitfalls.
If your skin is oily, has enlarged, clogged pores and experiences frequent breakouts, it is easy to start blaming your skin oil (sebum) for every problem. But let’s not forget that there are people out there who have normal or even dry skin types and still have clogged pores and blemishes as well. Even though your skin oil (sebum) could be one of the culprits for clogged pores and blemishes, we should also consider that another major culprit could be advertisements that lead you to battle against your skin oil and try to convince you to keep “degreasing” your skin. It doesn’t matter how much oil your skin produces, you can have a clear and beautiful skin by knowing how to care for it properly following these guidelines.
1) Stop the war on your skin!
No matter what you believe about your skin, the truth is that your will never make your skin prettier by using harsh products which burn or removes your skin’s oil. The best way to start achieving a beautiful skin is by nurturing it with protective and reparative mechanisms, that is, using products that help to protect the skin cell barrier and repair damaged tissue cells.
2) Identify if your skin produces thick oil:
The production of skin oil doesn’t create skin problems, but producing thick skin oil does. The thickness of your skin oil depends on the composition of the oil – to be specific, the level of unsaturated fat stored in your skin. The problem here is that the skin cannot produce liquid unsaturated fat, it can only produce thick unsaturated fat, which boils down to the amount of saturated fat we consume on a daily basis. The issue becomes compounded when it mixes with dead skin cells which cause clogging and eventually, breakouts and blemishes. So, in order to reduce the production of thick unsaturated fat as your skin oil, reduce the amount of saturated fat you consume and switch to healthier monounsaturated fat such as coconut oil.
3) Understand why your skin is often blemished:
Your skin oil is white, when it turns to a blackhead this means that oxidation has occurred within your skin cells. This happens when your skin oil mixes with skin pigments from dead skin cells which turns it to black or brown. When your skin starts to experience blemishes other than the usual white or black heads, it means that your skin oil has become a delicious feast for a special kind of bacteria that dwells on oil glands and grows excessively when combining with your skin oil. This type of bacteria called pronionbacteria, breaks down skin oil glands and releases irritating chemicals that trigger inflammation (which shows as acne and other forms blemishes), giving room for other bacteria to thrive and create more problems. In this process, all you need to do is to regularly exfoliate your skin to avoid excess accumulation of dead skin cells and make use anti-inflammatory products.
4) Reducing Oiliness and Unclogging Pores:
You may be tempted to battle excess oiliness with the use of soaps and alcohol-based products which disrupts the skin cell barrier making it oilier and giving room for irritation. Make sure to use products that are gentle in cleansing the skin and contain botanical plant extracts such as lavender or cinnamon which help to maintain skin cell barrier and wards off excessive bacteria buildup.
When trying to unclog your pores it is important to look out for and use products that contain healthy fats such as omega 3 and oils that help to balance excess sebum production. You can never go wrong with exfoliation, so endeavor to exfoliate your skin with gentle exfoliating products which in turn reveals a brighter complexion and renewed skin cells. Look out for exfoliating products that contain oil-soluble exfoliants such as salicylic acid as well as water soluble exfoliants such as lactic acid.
The use of clay and/or activated charcoal masks are a must in helping to remove toxin build-up in your skin. Select clay based masks that hydrate your skin while detoxing your skin.
So try out these processes and experience a different and beautiful skin!