From the various skin types, oily skin is perhaps the most difficult to take care of. The production of oil is the result of the sebaceous glands which is located in the dermis or middle layer of skin. Oil production in the dermis is a natural process, it keeps the skin moist and supple. However, this can become problematic when the sebaceous glands produce too much face wash for oily skin.
How to find out if you have oily skin?
Oily skin is often found in the teenagers because hormone production is at peak during this period of time. Therefore, most people in their teens would have oily skin. If you have already passed your teens, there are other ways to determine if you have an oily skin. Gently clean your entire face with lukewarm water; pat it dry with a clean towel and wait for 10 minutes. Get a white tissue paper and slowly wipe your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. If you see oily residues in all these areas, then you have an oily skin.
Or you can simply look at the mirror and pay attention to the T-Zone. If you notice a shine around the T-Zone, you are likely to have oily skin. The T-Zone is area between your eyes, extends down along your nose all the way to your chin. Sometimes, it is not so easy to notice the sheen, if this is the case, you should try to check again early in the morning when you have just woken up.
If you use make-up, particularly foundation, and you feel that it fades or wear off after few hours, this is another indication that you have an oily skin. If you have oily skin and are wearing glasses, you would tend to take it off and pat your face with tissue or handkerchief, this is another indication that you have oily skin.
How to take care of oily skin?
Excessive oil production can accumulate and clog the skin pores, allowing bacteria to thrive there and causing acne outbreaks. The first step in caring for oily skin is to make sure that it is always clean and the pores remain clear. Also make sure you use a gentle cleanser to clean your face and wash with lukewarm water.
Wash your face twice a day and exfoliate weekly with a non-abrasive product to help remove any dirts or dead skin cell that could clog skin pores. Do not overwash your face. Oils produced by the sebaceous glands are important because they act as the skin’s natural moisturizer. Too much washing could cause the the sebaceous glands to produce even more oils in order to replenish the lost oils. This will pose more problems for your skin.