How often should you wash your face if you have oily skin? Having oily skin has both benefits and drawbacks. As women, we are concerned about our complexion, and having oily skin can make us prone to shininess, acne, and blackheads.
On the other hand, the natural oils present in our skin make our skin age more gracefully; fine lines and wrinkles stay away much longer with our naturally moisturized skin type, and we are able to look younger longer than women with other types of skin.
So, how often should you wash your face if you have oily skin, is there a daily amount of washing and what should you use to wash your face?
An Oily Gift and Curse
Caring for oily skin is a unique challenge, as you do not want to dry it out too much with harsh products and chemicals, yet you want to remove excess oil and balance your skin’s natural moisture across your entire face.
You can take and use some of these precautions and also use any special care techniques you find to help bring out your natural glow while minimizing breakouts as well. Here are some tips to consider when caring for your oily facial skin:
Washing Your Face
You should wash your face twice daily, once upon waking and once before going to bed. The morning wash will strip away impurities and excess oils that have accumulated during the night.
The evening wash will cleanse your skin of makeup, dirt, and environmental impurities that you have accumulated during your busy day.
Use cleansers that are specifically created for oily or acne prone skin, as they have ingredients that are intended to remove excess oil while allowing the skin’s natural moisture balance to be present.
Only wash more than twice a day if you have been perspiring heavily, as excess washing can be drying to your skin.
Don’t Use Heavy Scrubs
Heavy scrubs can actually stimulate excess oil production. Steer clear and away from products with heavy abrasive substances in them. While some products with mild abrasive substances in them may be okay for your skin, if the product you choose feels like sand paper when you rub it between your fingers, chances are it will harm or irritate your skin.
When cleansing your skin using an abrasive product, use a gentle circular motion to draw out impurities to leave your skin clean and fresh. Never scrub your facial skin as you would scrub out a stain.
Using Toner on the T-zone
In general, oily skin is only oily in the T-zone, the area around the nose, chin, and up across the forehead. Use a toner or astringent in these areas to sweep away excess moisture while steering clear of the cheeks, which could be excessively dried out from over-using these types of drying agents.
Use Blotting Paper Between Cleanings
If you find that your oily skin is getting a bit too shiny in between cleanings, there is no need to entirely remove your makeup and start with a fresh canvas. Simply using a blotting paper against oily areas to absorb excess moisture will allow you to return to your desired matte look.
You Still Need To Moisturize
Even the oiliest of skin needs to be moisturized. Finding a good, oil-free moisturizer specifically targeted for your skin type will allow your face to balance itself out, as areas needing moisture will soak up excess product, while your T-zone areas will resist the extra boost of moisture that it provides.
Look for a Foundation with a Gel or Powder Base
Steering clear of oil-based foundations is key to foundational success if you have oily facial skin.
When applying foundation, be sure to use a light coat and blend in light strokes; using too much, or applying foundation too heavily will leave your already enlarged pores prone to clogging, which can cause breakouts.
You can also further reduce your tendency for breakouts by applying makeup with a clean sponge and blending with that rather than your fingertips.
Exfoliate with a Clay-Based Mask
Clay is a natural drying agent, and it will tighten the look of pores as natural ingredients dry out your t zone and balance your skin. Applying a mask twice weekly for ten to fifteen minutes will also help to keep your complexion looking and feeling its best.
Resist the Urge to Touch
While you may be tempted to touch your breakout-prone areas, to pop pimples, or to try to remove scars to promote healing, you are actually introducing more bacteria and dirt across your face by doing so.
Keeping your face clean and free of dirt, oil, and bacteria will allow your face to heal on its own. If you must touch, make sure that your fingers are clean but you should also understand that the more you pick and squeeze, the more damage you are likely to cause to your skin.
Care for Today Clear for Tomorrow
Caring for oily skin doesn’t have to be a chore; looking forward to your golden years with a youthful and glowing complexion will keep you on the straight and narrow as you set up healthful and beautiful habits when caring for your complexion now.
Happy cleansing, and look forward to your beautiful and glowing complexion with these simple tips for keeping your skin looking and feeling its best!