What exactly is oil balance?
Nobody wants super-shiny, greasy skin, but few people realise that all skin types produce natural oil. Contrary to popular belief, we should attempt to balance the oil content rather than removing all of the excess oil. When you use remedies that over-dry your skin, your sebaceous glands (sebum-producing glands) are activated, causing your skin to create even more oil to compensate for the dryness.
What causes oily skin in some people?
Each follicle, or pore, in your skin contains sebaceous glands. Except the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet, they appear all over your body and scalp. Their purpose is to expel sebum, which travels through the pore to the skin’s surface. While everyone’s skin contains some natural oil, some skin types are more oily than others.
Why is oil balance of skin important?
Individuals with highly oily skin may find that their skin appears glossy everywhere, whereas those with combination skin may discover that their skin is oily in the T-zone but dry in the rest of the face.
Unfortunately, you have very little influence over how much oil your facial skin generates, as this is mostly controlled by genetics and hormonal swings within the body. Healthy skin has a precise oil-water balance, which permits skin cells to function organically and properly. What would you say if someone asked you what skin type you have? Most people would probably say, “I’m not sure, it could be oily or dry.”
Water-oil balance is the foundation of skin type, and once your dermatologist has discovered what your genuine skin type is, he or she can build a skin care programme that will work FOR you rather than AGAINST you.
All skin requires moisture from both water and oil to function properly and to do everything from look and feel great to keep us looking younger for longer. Depleted or unbalanced hydration — a lack of either oil or water – is the initial reason of our skin becoming dull, as well as causing ageing and fine wrinkles.
Here’s what you should do to keep your skin’s oil levels balanced.
- Every morning, evening, and after exercise, wash your face. Resist the urge to scrub your skin while washing, even to remove makeup. Scrubbing irritates your skin, making it appear worse.
- Choose “oil free” and “noncomedogenic” skin care products. This means that products bearing these labels, such as cleansers, moisturisers, and makeup, will not clog your pores or cause acne.
- Make use of a mild, foaming face wash. Many people believe that to dry out their skin, they must use a strong face wash for oily skin. However, using an overly strong face cleanser can irritate your skin and increase production of oil. Instead, opt for a light, gentle face wash.
- DON’T USE CLEANERS WITH OILS OR ALCOHOL IN THEM. These can cause skin irritation.
- DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE DURING THE DAY. While it may be tempting to touch your face, this can transfer dirt, oil, and germs from your hands to your face. Touch your face only when cleansing, moisturising, applying sunscreen, or applying makeup, and make sure your hands are clean first.
Every individual’s skin is unique, and there is no “one size fits all” approach to skin care. Although you may not always like how oily your skin appears, keep in mind that your skin relies on that oil to stay healthy and function properly. Instead of trying everything to get rid of it, try a few simple skincare steps to help manage and care for oily skin.