Are you tired of seeing your face full of acne? Are you dreaming of having acne free skin? My friend, you are not alone. A number of people suffer from an oily face which causes unhealthy dull skin. An oily face will eventually lead to other skin problems like blackheads, large pores, dark blemishes and acne. Yes, a face with these skin problems is indeed unsightly and quite embarrassing.
But the question is …
Why does our skin become so oily?
There are a number of factors which contribute to having oily skin. The sebaceous glands, the largest of which are located around the nose, are responsible for producing oil to prevent our skin from becoming too dry. In most teenagers, oily skin is usually due to the hormonal imbalance which comes with puberty. The hormone androgen, which is dominant in teenagers, can be a reason for production of too much oil. Scientifically, oil itself is not responsible for the formation of acne. Acne is formed when oil clogs the pores of the skin. Most people think that oily skin is only present during puberty stage, but the truth is, oily skin has nothing to do with age. In some cases, oily skin persists even after one has graduated from senior year. It will probably even last for his/her whole lifetime. Oily skin can also be genetically acquired or in simple terms - hereditary. For example, a child can have oily skin simply because his/her mother, who may now be 58 years old, has oily skin too. For cases like this, nothing you will ever do can change the nature of your skin because you were born with it. You may not be able to change it, but you can control it.
In women, hormonal changes also happen during the start of the menstrual cycle, during pregnancy and during premenopausal. Therefore, oily skin, in both men and women, can also be stimulated by any physical or emotional stimulus that causes hormonal changes.
Believe it or not, oily skin can also be caused by the use of cosmetics which irritate your skin or even by taking contraceptive pills. Thus, you can have oily skin in any given age but in most cases, the skin becomes drier as one grows older.
A personal experience of dealing with oily skin
My skin is oily and it is very sensitive. When I was around 18 to 28 years old, I felt as if there was no more free space on my face since I had a lot of acne. Year after year I had acne, even until the point when my friends were getting married, I still had acne. My friends were enjoying their lives while there I was, miserably stuck with acne. I didn’t even have the guts to date because I was so embarrassed with the way I looked. My face affected my self-esteem. I had no confidence in myself and this terribly affected the way I lived my life. My friends teased me and said that I could make money if I sell the oil I get from squeezing my acnes. I was so hurt and ashamed and even if I hated them for making fun of me, I hated my face more. I tried a lot of remedies because I desperately wanted to look beautiful but nothing happened. It even got worse! Sometimes, I no longer wanted to look at myself in the mirror. I didn’t want to see my face for it would only make me hate myself more. I really hated the way I looked and blamed God for giving me an oily face. I spent a lot of money trying one product after another, hoping that I would be able to find the perfect one which would make me acne free! But not a single product worked, and what’s worse, I became a victim of cosmetic product trials. Because I tried different products, my face swelled. It came to a point when I felt like my face was burning so I decided to go to the doctor. I went from one doctor to another asking for advice and following their prescriptions, but again, nothing happened. I followed all the advices I was given, but the condition of my face did not improve. I even tried traditional methods! Nothing seemed to work and I started to feel hopeless. I eventually found a doctor who said that I should stop all the treatments and not apply anything on my face. The doctor said that my skin was severely damaged because of the stress caused by the different products I have been trying. The acnes became huge because they were infected. My face became oily then dry … can you imagine that?
So, with my experiences behind me, here are some tips on how to deal with oily skin.
1. Eat healthy. Although it has no direct effect on acne, you must avoid eating oily food. Watch your diet carefully because certain kinds of food can contribute to hormonal changes which can cause the production of more oil in the skin. Eat healthy food like vegetables and fruits. Always drink a lot of water for water replenishes the body.
2. Say no to stress! Stress can cause drastic changes in your skin. Stress sometimes causes extremely dry skin; sometimes it causes extremely oily skin. It may not seem it, but stress is a huge factor. (Remember my experience?) To eliminate stress in your life, choose to focus on the positive aspects of the situation and be optimistic.
3. Wash your face twice, daily. With the use of the right soap, one which is fit for your skin type, wash your face once in the morning and once at night. Make sure you use hot water when washing your face. If your face remains too oily, consult your doctor on ways to control the oil levels of your face but don’t overdo it! A good amount of oil on your skin is healthy to prevent it from becoming too dry.
4. Get hold of a good moisturizer. An oil-free water-based moisturizer can balance the oil content of the skin and helps it stay healthy. Also, products with salicylic acid can be of use since it is a beta-hydroxyl acid which is known to help remove impurities from the skin and helps control oil production.
The Moisturizer Matters
Having dry skin does not necessarily mean that you would no longer have acne. In the same way, having oily skin does not also mean that you have a lot of water in your skin. According to most dermatologists, oil, hydration and acne are three different things. In fact, it is wrong to think that having dry skin is the cure for acne because it simply is not. The solution is finding a moisturizer that suits your skin type perfectly. A moisturizer is important because it calms the skin and keeps it healthy. Here are some things to consider in choosing a moisturizer:
1. Read the labels. Reading the labels on the bottles or containers should become one’s habit to ensure the quality of the product being bought. You should look for a moisturizer that is specifically for oily skin. Other terms used to guarantee the safety of the moisturizer are: mild (light), oil free, water based, and non-comedogenic (does not clog pores).
2. Make sure your face is completely dry before applying the moisturizer. If you plan to apply sunscreen or makeup over the moisturizer, you have to wait and make sure that the moisturizer has been completely soaked into the skin before you can apply sunscreen or makeup. Also, make sure your face does not feel sticky anymore before you leave the house and head outdoors. Avoid exposing your face in direct sunlight.
3. Do not wash your face often. Most people do not know it but washing your face often, like every two hours, will cause your skin to produce more oil. If your face becomes too shiny and it bothers you, you can use wax paper or oil control paper to remove excess oil on your skin. You can leave on a small amount of oil to keep your skin healthy.
4. Less is more. Avoid using too many products on your skin. Be content with one or two products which you think can serve you better, like moisturizer and then foundation. It is also convenient if you can put on a moisturizer which is also considered a sunscreen. Or better yet! A product with is a sunscreen, a moisturizer and a foundation all in one!
If you have tried a lot of remedies and yet nothing seems to work, consult your dermatologist and ask for ways to control the oil production of your skin. Do not simply accept and follow advices regarding this matter, even if the advices are from the people you love. Learn from my experience. You have to really meet the expert and get professional advice. In no time, you’d be on your way to saying goodbye to acne!