Many of us have to deal with oily skin…some have to deal with very oily skin. Though there are tons of products available to get a clear complexion and reduce the oils, there are a couple of fundamental techniques and products you can use for help.
First, oily skin is generally caused by excess sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are located in the follicle and skin pores. They especially concentrated in and around the “T zone” located across the forehead, on the nose and across the chin area. Heat, general over-activity, reactions to skin products and enlarged pores can lead to increased amount of oil deposits on the facial skin – as well as enlarged pores – that trap bacteria, dirt and impurities – that can lead to inflammation, acne and blemishes.
Use an oily face wash that controls and regulates oil production. Most are formulated with Zinc. Zinc helps slow the production of oil from the sebaceous glands and helps your face remain smooth, healthy and oil-free. Oily skin face washes should be used 2-3 times per day.
If you need more help, try an oily skin face mask or a toner. These give you more “bang for your buck” and can help reduce acne, blemishes and the chronic “shininess” associated with overly oily skin.
If you think enlarged pores are a problem, consider using a microderm abrasion cream to gently exfoliate. Exfoliation is good for facial tissue. It can help clear pimples and oil as well as cleanse and purify tissue. It also helps promote regeneration of healthy skin cells.
I guess we have all been deluged with advice on keeping our complexion smooth and soft. But here are a couple of ideas, in fact reminders, to increase softness while reducing premature aging and wrinkles.
- Keep it Clean – Pores enlarge and become clogged when dirt and oil become trapped. Microscopic bacteria and
fungus can grow enlarging the pore’s size and compounding the problem. Wash your face daily with an herbal-based cleanser that is not harsh on the skin. Avoid makeup and cosmetics periodically. My wife generally takes a day or two every few weeks not wearing makeup and she says it works great.
- Moisturize – While this seems pretty obvious, moisturizers, especially at night, reclaim lost hydration. Some creams can irritate and are fairly ineffective at reducing dry skin. I’ll review several products in later posts.
- Treatment – If you have chronically dry skin or have had excessive sun exposure, products with Hyaluronic Acid work very well at providing “instant” moisture – fighting skin rashes, dryness, and problems like rosacea and acne.
- Exercise – While exercise in general is a given, toning specific parts of you body can help greatly with overall skin tone and care. Consider and exercise for the neck that builds muscle and improves your flexibility. A diligent regimen will make you feel better, reduce injury and pain and will help guard against wrinkled or sagging skin on the neck.
Pretty basic, uh? The trick is consistency and adjusting your regimen to your skin type and any specific problems you might have. I’ll make a few recommendations for enlarged pores and wrinkles later.