How To Control Your Oily Skin on the Cheap
I’ve always battled with oily skin – I feel like i’ve tried everything and finally I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin, for the better. People who are prone to oily skin most often notice the problem on their faces because the sebaceous glands, which produce oil, are larger and more concentrated there.
I have suffered with breakouts on my chin and forehead area since I was in my early teens, as well as sensitivity and redness. As a student, I always try and save money where I can, so I ditched the Clinique and MAC skincare for a few months and tried and tested some high-street store products instead.
A few tips first:
- don’t scrub your skin on a regular basis – it will inflame your skin and could make it worse.
- a strong cleanser could make your skin produce more oil because oil production is increased by irritation.
- a toner that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide will help to balance your skin.
- remove makeup at night with a mild soap or gentle cleanser.
- never use everyday hand soap on your face – it’s too harsh and could cause irritation, creating more oil.
- don’t forget to moisturise – a lot of oily people assume they shouldn’t used moisturiser but this can make your skin more unbalanced.
- avoid using makeup with an SPF.
Wash your face twice a day – morning and night
I use the Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser – £13.97 from Amazon
Lather the face and then wash with warm water. This stuff lasts forever.
Read product packaging and only use water based non-comedogenic products.
Try the Nivea Daily Essentials Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream – £3.99 from Boots
Use a deep cleansing facial mask
Use a mask containing purifying ingredients, such as clay, as well as soothing ingredients like shea butter or honey once a week. This is the best for absorbing oil without drying out skin.
Boots Simply Sensitive Deep Cleansing Face Mask – £2.99 from Boots
It’s very important that you keep your makeup brushes clean. If you have breakouts and you’re using the same brush on your face everyday, you’re contaminating it and then spreading it on your skin, causing more spots.
Before and after starting this routine:
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