The dos and don’ts of oily skin: How to nourish an oily skin type
If you’ve ever experienced oily skin, you’ll already know that it’s one of the more difficult skin types to manage.
Caused by excess sebum produced in the hair follicles, oily skin is characterised by a greasy complexion, enlarged pores, blackheads or skin that is more prone to acne and breakouts.
Oily skin can come and go in response to specific triggers such as stress or hormones, it can be a daily occurrence, it might affect the whole complexion or appear in a specific area such as the t-zone or chin.
However oily skin shows up for you, as you work to identify the causes of excess sebum, here are our essential dos and don’ts to nourish an oily skin type.
Don’t: Apply drying products
While toners and other drying products are marketed to oily skin, we recommend you avoid applying harsh products that dry out the cells by stripping the skin’s natural oils.
In the short term, you might notice a less greasy complexion, but the skin needs essential oils produced in the pores to strengthen cells and maintain natural hydration.
Rather than restrict oil flow, toners and similar products can completely dry up the oil from the pores which can impact cellular function leaving the skin sensitised, irritated or harder to hydrate while potentially making your skin feeling even oilier.
Do: Cleanse daily
While it can be tempting to avoid washing the face, cleansing is an essential step to leave skin fresh, clean and clear.
Again, we recommend you avoid cleansers that contain surfactants and synthetics that make the skin feel tight and dry and opt for a serum cleanser like Bc Refresh Cleanser instead.
Jam-packed with naturally occurring amino acids, phenolic acids and amines, the extract of soapberry gently works to remove excess oil and impurities from the skin’s surface without stripping oil from the pores and disturbing the internal hydration processes.
Don’t: Cover up with heavy foundation
Applying foundation or makeup to cover oily skin can leave the skin looking worse and irritate already sensitive pores.
Not only can synthetic and comedogenic ingredients such as silicones increase the toxic load on the skin or lead to sensitivity, but the additional bacteria in the hair follicles can also increase the chances of blockages that contribute to breakouts.
Gently dab blotting paper where necessary but try to avoid heavy foundations that can also mix with the oil on the skin’s surface leading to a complexion that’s anything but flawless.
Regular exfoliation helps to keep pores clear where the oil is produced by encouraging cellular turnover and hydroxy acids can be an effective choice.
While exfoliation might not be suitable for sensitised, barrier impaired or broken skin, or for those taking Roaccutane and other anti-acne medication, hydroxy acids are effective at clearing blockages and moving impurities to the surface of oily-prone skin to keep pores clear.
Don’t: Avoid oil
It can seem counterintuitive to apply oil to oily skin but if the skin needs extra hydration, oil-soluble products such as Br Organic Rosehip Oil are recommended.
Br Organic Rosehip Oil contains a combination of natural oil-soluble nutrients such as essential fatty acids, vitamin E and beta carotene. Apply when required to reduce sensitivity, hydrate the complexion, reduce blemishes and build antioxidant protection.
Do: Apply active ingredients
While you regulate oil flow, it’s important to apply water-soluble, active ingredients to hydrate, nourish and repair the skin topically too.
Strawberry gum leaf is the hero ingredient in Bg Defence Anti-Pollution Serum and a natural source of salicylic acid. Not only does it work to gently clear and control oil flow, but the powerful combination of B vitamins, vitamin C, and flavonoids, assist in gently healing, nourishing, and repairing the skin on a cellular level for a glowing complexion.
The most important thing to remember is that while oily skin is different to a ‘normal’ skin type, it’s no less common. For our full range of clean cosmeceuticals suitable to nourish an oily skin type, visit our website today.