Oil or sebum, is produced by the body to help keep the skin healthy and lubricated. Occasionally, too much of a good thing can turn bad. Too much oil production can lead to blemishes and can cause acne flare-ups. When people have oily skin, their sebaceous glands produce too much sebum and your skin can look oily as well. There are some hereditary factors that play a part in your skin. People who are born with darker hair tend to produce more oil than light-haired people1. Stress and hormone changes like pregnant women and those taking oral birth control may have oilier skin. There are some fantastic home remedies that can help reduce excess oil production and there are also products available on the market like Solvaderm’s line that can help with oily skin.
Be sure to cleanse your face twice a day. Dermatologists agree that everyone, especially people who have oily skin, should be cleansing their skin morning and night. Be sure to use gentle cleansers as cleansers with harsh chemicals can cause the skin to produce even more oil as a defense mechanism to the skin. Products formulated for acne prone skin usually contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or beta-hydroxy acids which can help reduce the amount of oil production and also keep breakouts at bay. Be sure to use a mild toner as well to neutralize the pH of the skin and can help tighten pores and reduce oil production2.
Another great way to cut oil production is to use at home treatment masks. The good news is that you can make your own oily skin masks right in the comfort of your kitchen with ingredients that are readily available. Egg-white masks are said a great way to firm and tone your skin while also soaking up excess oil. The egg-white mask is simple, mix one teaspoon of honey with an egg white, stir well and apply the mask to your face and leave on for about ten minutes. Be careful to avoid the delicate eye area and wash off with warm water.You can even add lemon juice to the mixture but only leave on for about three to five minutes as the lemon allows for the mask to work more efficiently.
You also want to make sure that you are moisturizing properly. Many people who have oily skin tend to avoid this critical step but it is important to protect the skin and skin that is moisturized will be at its best. Just choose a moisturizer that is formulated for oily skin and even moisturizers that are marketed for acne prone skin may be exactly what your skin needs.
Of course, you can always consult your dermatologist for help in selecting the right skin care regimen for your oily skin. Solvaderm has a full line of cleansers, toners, and moisturizers that will help treat oily skin. Their products are never tested on animals, are made here in the U.S. and are trusted and recommended by dermatologists and skin care professionals worldwide.