Skincare for Oily Skin

I used to have really oily skin. Now it's more on the combination side. I'm happy, though! A history of oily skin is actually beneficial, because oily skin doesn't age as quickly as other skin types. When I get older, the wrinkles and fine lines will be less noticeable.

Oil, also known as sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands to provide lubrication for your skin. Too much sebaceous gland oil production leads to oily skin and maybe even some clogged pores, which can result in acne problems. You can thank your relatives for your oily skin, as it's often hereditary. If you live in an area that's prone to hot and humid weather, you might experience issues with oily skin too. Also, women's hormone levels during pregnancy and teenagers' hormone levels during adolescence can lead to oily skin. Keep an eye on your diet because you really are what you eat and bad eating habits will show up on your face.

One important skincare tip to remember if you have oily skin, is to wash your face at least twice a day (but not much more!) with cleanser and warm water (not hot and not cold) and use a moisturizer specially formulated for oily skin. If you don't moisturize your face, the sebaceous glands will kick right in and produce a bunch of unwanted oil to compensate for the loss of your skin's natural oils.

If you can avoid using tap water, that might help as well. A shower filter will eliminate most of the harsh chemicals in the water and help your skin stay healthier. Stick to skincare and cosmetic products which are non-comedogenic and they won't clog your pores. Applying an oil mattifier cream or touching up with loose or pressed powder will keep your skin from showing too much oil throughout the day. Make sure you're getting enough sleep every night. Your skin attempts to repair itself when you are at rest, so help it along by sleeping at least 7 hours nightly. If you smoke, it's best to quit. Smoking impairs healthy skin. If you don't exercise regularly, you might want to start. Exercise boosts your circulation which benefits your skin as well as your overall health. Lastly, remember to drink enough water.

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