There are few things more irritating than getting off a long phone call and finding the entire print of your oily cheek on the screen. While most people try and live with the problems that come with oily skin, they don’t have to if they understand the cause and create the right skincare regimen with clinically-proven formulations.
What are the Causes of Oily Skin
Unless you have genetically oily skin, your skin problems may be caused by more than just humid weather and excess sebum. Here are some of the lesser-known causes:
1. Using the wrong skincare products and methods: Have you been unknowingly using formulations that cause your skin to generate excess sebum and oil? For instance, using oil-based products and serums can lead to excess oil production and can cause oily skin to become oilier.
2. Hormonal fluctuations: Whether you have an underlying medical condition such as PCOD or you’re facing high levels of stress at work, your hormonal balance can be disrupted and that can lead to oilier skin than usual.
3. Unhealthy diets: Your food plays a major role in your skin’s health. A good diet can help with the proper functioning of the skin barrier but an unhealthy one can just as easily disrupt it. For instance, a lot of people can get excess sebum production and increased acne due to dairy consumption.
4-step Skincare regimen for oily skin
Using the right skincare steps and the right formulations that experts have technologically backed can help you manage oily skin and prevent a host of problems that come with it such as acne, open pores, blackheads, etc.
Step 1: Cleanse: Choose a formulation that clears your sebaceous glands of excess sebum and oil. Cleansers with a revolutionary combination of thymol and terpineol – which directly target the bad acne-causing bacteria – have been proven to work on the deeper layers of your skin. Ideally, stick to cleansing your face not more than twice a day to maintain the skin’s natural homeostasis as well. If you’re exposed to excessive dust or pollution, then you will need to cleanse your face thoroughly.
Step 2 - Treat: Excess sebum and oil production can lead to blocked pores and acne. This is why it’s essential to treat any of these issues before you proceed with your skincare regimen. Using clinically-proven formulations such as the TT technology, which consists of Thymol and Terpineol is a great way to combat these issues. These ingredients have been proven to combat acne while maintaining the skin’s natural microbiome and their synergistic effect has been shown to reduce acne lesions from day 3 of use.
Step 3 - Moisturize: Despite what conventional wisdom says, it is important to moisturize your skin even if it is oily. Not doing so will prompt your sebaceous glands to produce excess sebum to compensate for the lack of moisture. Experts recommend using lightweight formulations that maintain your skin’s moisture levels without causing it to produce more oil or sebum.
Step 4: Protect: No matter what your skin type is, wearing SPF is essential to protecting your skin from sun damage. Sun damage can also trigger excess oil and sebum production in addition to causing a host of other problems. For oily skin, stick to gel-based and non-comedogenic broad-spectrum formulations with SPF between 30-50 to ensure you’re protected without clogging your pores.
Stick to Clinically-proven Skincare formulations
When it comes to oily skin, sticking to the basics and using dermatologist-backed skincare products turns out to be the most beneficial. You don’t want to keep switching products or overdoing your skincare as that can cause your skin to produce excess sebum. Stick to this 4-step regimen and use only products such as the TT technology that help combat acne without disturbing your skin’s microbiome.