While everyone naturally produces oil to hydrate and protect their skin, many people suffer from overproduction of it, causing both emotional and physical problems. Some look for cosmetic solutions and others as a way to combat the cause of their acne.
When seeking skincare advice, keep in mind that each person’s skin is unique and may respond differently to various treatment plans. For the most effective treatment for oily skin, contact the dermatology specialists at Trillium Creek Dermatology, who can provide personalized recommendations for products and skincare routines that work for you.
First and foremost, treating oily skin is about preventing too much oil buildup for too long. When oil sits in your pores for an extended period of time, it can trap dead skin and other debris in your pores, leading to blackheads and eventually acne. That’s why keeping your skin clean is a key part of any skincare regimen.
Dermatologists recommend washing your face in the morning, at the end of the day, and after sweating heavily— after a workout. However, there is such a thing as over-washing (washing and cleansing too many times per day), which can stimulate, rather than prevent, oil production. In addition, using harsh cleansers or aggressively exfoliating can also stimulate oil production in the long run.
As far as what type of cleansers work best to treat oily skin, look for a mild solution, preferably one that’s not oil-based, or one that has active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
One reason your skin produces oil is to moisturize dry skin. When skin is overly dry, it becomes chapped, cracked, and can even lead to bleeding. Just think of how your lips react to the dry winter months. Your skin will increase oil production if it senses it is too dry.
This is why moisturizers can help prevent excess oil production. If you keep your face moisturized throughout the day, your skin will decrease oil production, allowing you to better control your skin’s appearance.
It’s fine throughout the day to manage excessively oily skin by using blotting pads, but keep a few rules in mind. First, avoid rubbing the pad around the skin, as this stimulation may increase oil production. Second, stay away from products with high alcohol content, as this can overly dry the skin, which, as mentioned earlier, can lead to increased oil production.
And although it’s good to have a regular habit of cleansing and moisturizing, keep long-term care for oily skin flexible. The same products that work effectively during winter probably won’t have the same results during a hot and humid summer. As your environment changes, your skin adapts, and so should your skincare routine.
The best way to figure out the solution to oily skin is to connect with our dermatologists. Set up a consultation with one of our Skin Care Experts at Trillium Creek Dermatology at any of our convenient locations in Brunswick, Medina, Wooster, and Wadsworth, Ohio. We’re ready to help you get the healthy, beautiful skin you want, so call us at 330-725-0569 or contact us online to schedule your appointment today.