How To Make Your Skin Less Oily? Here Are 4 Proven Treatments

Apr. 27, 2020
If your oily skin has become problematic for you, making it less greasy is the clear solution. Discover 4 tried-and-tested treatments that help with oily skin.
An expression that summarizes the cause of oily skin is 'too much of a good thing.' Our skin is equipped with sebaceous glands that secrete an oily substance called sebum. This key secretion provides hydration and protection for the skin to remain healthy.
However, people with oily skin generate sebumin excess—due to genetics, hormones, or even stress. You may have noticed that oil blotting papers make your skin non-greasy for only a few hours. In addition to the skin shining all the time, this oiliness also makes you more prone to acne breakouts.
While you can't exactly cure excessive sebum secretion, managing the problems that come with oily skin is very much possible. Below is how to own your oily skin, with 4 remedies for fast results. Likewise, you'll find some helpful tips on the care of your oily skin.
1. Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week 
There is no better prevention for clogged pores than exfoliation. That's why people with oily skin often opt for an oil-free exfoliant that removes dead cells. By improving cell turnover, clearing pores, and enabling products to penetrate the skin better, exfoliating helps with oily skin.
Nevertheless, approach this with caution and refrain from scrubbing at your skin. If overdone or done incorrectly, exfoliating could lead to itching, rashes, and other skin irritations.
2. Wear a facial mask once or twice a week 
Facial masks are a viable option for making your skin less oily and shine-free without causing skin irritations. Give your skin a deep cleanse every now and then, to slow down whatever is stimulating your sebaceous glands to produce excess sebum.
On the flipside, facial masks could dry out your face. That's why you should always follow up with a moisturizer straight away. Also, apply to regions with high levels of oiliness, exclusively.
Ingredients you'd want to look for include clay, honey, bitter leaf, shea butter, and oat meal. There are no hard rules, but try to choose natural ingredients that also soothe and soften the skin.
3. Add an astringent to your routine 
Astringents are like toners for oily and acne-prone skins. They shrink pores, reduce oiliness, remove pore-clogging bits of products, and restore healthy pH. 
One downside, though, is their alcohol make-up. This single ingredient dries out the skin, which can lead to horrifyingly flaky or scaly skin.
Natural astringents, on the other hand, tend to soothe the skin without stripping it of much-needed oil. So, look for products with witch hazel, calamine lotion, salicylic acid, or citric acid. 
Some oily-skinned individuals keep it simple—using pure witch hazel as their astringent. Others make modest homemade remedies using rose water, cucumber, green tea, apple cider vinegar, or mint. 
If you go with a chemical astringent eventually, ensure it contains low levels of alcohol and never use it for two days in a row. 
Plus, remember to patch-test whatever productor natural solution before committing to it. Some astringents could irritate your skin, especially if they cause an itchy face. Look out for any allergies,too. 
Lastly, it's recommended never to use an astringent and exfoliant on the same day.
4. A friendly skincare routine for oily skin
There's a common misconception that pit people with oily skin against moisturizers. Using the right humectant, however, won't make you look shiny but help the skin stay hydrated. Oily skin can only benefit from oil-free moisturizers with a lightweight finish. 
This friendly regimen requires such moisturizer, a toner, a cleanser, and sunscreen containing SPF 30 or higher.F or your cleansing, make sure the product has tea tree oil, aloe vera, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or sulfur as an active ingredient.
All these promote an ultra-clean, shine-free appearance without dehydrating the skin. As for the toner, you could use an astringent or opt for a gentle, alcohol-free toner.
With the 4 products at hand, follow this routine consistently: Start by cleansing your face to remove excess oil, then dry it completely. Follow up with the toner to remove left-over cleanser and sebum. Next is a thin layer of your preferred moisturizer, and close with some sunscreen. Do this twice daily, skipping the sunscreen at night.
More Tips for Oily Skin
  • Wash your face with a mild soap twice a day and when it's sweaty. Don't overwash, and stay away from detergents and aggressive soaps. Carefully pat your face dry with a fluffy towel afterward.
  • Change your face towel and pillowcase every week.
  • Always remove makeup and wash or wrap up your hair before bedtime.
  • Make a habit of patch-testing your skincare products, and introduce new products strategically.
  • Use products that are water-based, oil-free, non-comedogenic, or non-acnegenic, and use as little at a time as possible. Trying to simplify your beauty routine will do you a favor, especially if your skin is sensitive or acne-prone.
  • Refrain from touching your face or acne.
  • Keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher daily, and avoid direct sunlight.
Oily skin can seem unhealthy in appearance—due to enlarged pores, over active glands, and dead skin cells buildup. Hence, you should try to manage it no later than today. The treatments above are proven to make your skin less oily. If none appear to work for you, though, consider seeking medical help.
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