5 Myths About Oily Skin
Five skin care mistakes you might be making if you have oily skin
If you’re one of those people who has oily skin like me, you know all too well about T-zone troubles,shiny spots and an automatic aversion to any product that doesn’t say matte. It’s a common battle, but one that most people—wait for it—tackle completely wrong. There are many misconceptions when it comes to dealing with oily skin. The truth is, your skin is most likely oily because it’s dehydrated. Skin overcompensates for dehydration by producing more oil. So all the things you think are helping to solve it are probably just making it worse.
Myth 1: If you over cleanse, you can cut back on the oil.
One common mistake that oily skin types tend to make is over cleansing to strip the skin of its natural oils. Overcleansing can actually cause an overproduction of oil. Still, doesn’t make sense? Consider what is probably the exact opposite of what you think: When the skin feels dehydrated, it produces more oil to make up for what is lost. This increase in oil production can lead to even more shine, not to mention clogged pores and breakouts.
Myth 2: If you have oily skin, you don’t have to worry about dehydration.
The fact that you have oily skin doesn’t mean that your skin can’t experience dehydration or even surface dryness. One thing has nothing to do with the other. Hydration of the skin is very important to replenish water back into the skin—that goes for any skin type.
Myth 3: Oily skin should skip moisturiser.
People who have oily skin often assume they don’t need a moisturiser. Every skin type can benefit from a moisturiser in their daily skin care routine. It may seem counterintuitive, but oily skin types need a moisturiser both day and night in order for their complexion to stay healthy and balanced. So what’s best to use? A popular dermatologist recommended any type of moisturiser (gel, cream or the like), as long as it’s water-based and oil-free. The ingredient bisabolol is really good. It’s an oil extracted from chamomile and works as a skin-conditioning agent and has anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It also reduces dryness and makes skin feel soft.
Myth 4: The sun can help.
The sun has the ability to dry things out, so by default, it should do the same for oily skin, right? Not only is this completely false, it’s also dangerous. No amount of sun exposure is good for skin. The sun may give your skin a drier feel temporarily, but your skin will, again, see this as dehydration and produce more oil pretty quickly to make up for it.
Myth 5: And so can skipping sunscreen.
Many oily skin sufferers believe sunscreen is too heavy for them. With new advancements in skin care formulas, there really is a sunscreen for every skin type. Everyone should be applying sunscreen every single day, rain or shine. Similar to moisturisers, those with oily skin types should look for a sunscreen that is lightweight and oil-free with mattifying properties. If you can’t find a formula or texture you like, keep looking. Remember, the best sunscreen for your skin type is the one you’ll actually wear.
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