You vs. Grease: How to Combat Oily Skin
While looking like a dewy dumpling is the current skin trend, it is easy to mistake it with being a greasy mess. In a country where it’s always summer, oily skin is a problem Filipinas face every day. Find out how you can combat oily skin with the tips listed below.
SALICYLIC ACID IS YOUR FRIEND
An effective and popular cure for oily face is anything with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid or a BHA organically derived from Willow trees. It is anti-inflammatory, keratolytic (helps exfoliate dead skin cells), and anti-bacterial meaning it sinks into pores by digging out clogged follicles and breaking apart dead skin cells, softening them, and shedding them off the skin.
Look for cleansers and serums with salicylic acid to slowly incorporate it into your routine. A word of caution though, too much of this can irritate and dry out the skin.
SUNSCREEN IS LIFE
Research has proven that exposure to UV light activates and increases the size of sebaceous glands resulting in increased production of sebum. Before going out of the house, remember to apply a lightweight sunscreen over your moisturizer to leave your skin looking fresh and matte.
If you have oily skin, it’s natural to think that you don’t need to slather your face in moisturizer. After all, why moisturize when your skin is already very naturally shiny? That is a very wrong and very common misconception! Yes, you still need to moisturize even if you have oily skin.
Skipping moisturizer in your routine can cause your skin to dry out which in turn makes your skin produce more oil. But not any moisturizer will do – gel textures work ideally for oily skin. Also, look for these ingredients in your products: hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe.
BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR DIET
If you’ve tried every product, treatment, or cure for oily face that you can find under the sun, try battling your condition from the inside. Diet is often overlooked when it comes to skin health, but it can lead to positive results!
Breakouts are often linked to the consumption of dairy products. Butter, milk, and cheese contain high levels of hormones which result in increased oil production. Saturated fats found in red meats and deep fried foods should also be avoided since they cause inflammation. Meanwhile, alcohol and spicy foods expand blood vessels and make you sweat.
Instead, load up your diet with whole wheat bread, brown rice, fruits and veggies, chicken, or turkey. Another way to alter and improve your diet is to try different cooking methods by broiling, steaming, grilling, or poaching your food.
To further help alleviate oily skin, try Lactoferrin + d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate + Zinc (Lactezin)! It contains a formulation of 3 ingredients that has oil-regulating properties to help improve skin appearance and helps lessen pimples with regular intake.
Lactoferrin + d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate + Zinc is the generic name of Lactezin. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
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