Oily skin can often be caused by a plethora of factors, like genetics, hormones, stress, diet, pollution, and humidity. While our skin needs sebum to produce an oil film to keep microbes out of our pores, too much can lead to irritation or acne. The oil that our skin produces contains vitamin E, which acts as a natural sunscreen and as an antioxidant battling free radicals. It will not absorb all the radiation, thus sunscreen is always recommended.
With oily skin, it’s always essential to find a balance between hydration and control over sebum production. Right skin care prevents common oily skin concerns, such as acne, blemishes, blackheads, and pigmentation. An ideal oily skin routine should have these steps:
Cleansing - Choose salicylic acid-based cleansers which are most suitable for oily-prone skin.
Alcohol - free toner - Balance the skin’s pH levels and foster a glowy appearance.
AHA/BHA serums - remove dead skin cells and boost cell turnover to reduce oil overproduction.
Oil - free moisturiser - opt for lightweight gel-based formulations that contain humectants like glycerin which hydrate the skin without being too heavy on it.
Sunscreen - avoid sticky and greasy formulations. Instead go for gel formulations, which make skin look matte.