June 30, 2015
Are you one of the millions who struggle with oily skin? If so, you probably want to know how to eliminate the oil that causes annoying skin conditions such as acne. However, there are some amazing advantages of oily skin that make up for the disadvantages and will give you healthier skin in the long run. Even though it is a process and may take some time, it is worth it to find a balance for your unique skin type so you don’t have to deal with the disadvantages but can still benefit from the advantages of oily skin.
Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of oily skin as well as how to give your skin the proper care and love it deserves.
Advantages of Oily Skin
Stays moisturized and soft: Oil is a form of moisture so having oily skin will keep it naturally moisturized and, in result, also make it softer. This saves you the time and money you spend on moisturizers since you don’t have to use as much.
Tans easier: People who have oily skin tend to tan easier and more evenly due to the extra level of moisture that the oil gives. Tanning is bad for your skin regardless as it dries out the skin with cancer-causing UV rays but having that layer of oil protects your skin more than normal or dry skin. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to use sunscreen because UV rays will still reach your skin and can cause significant skin damage, premature aging and skin cancer.
Slows down the aging process: The moisture that oily skin produces slows down the aging process. Also, oily skin reduces the appearance of fine lines so you do not have to spend as much money on anti-aging creams, products, or treatments.
Protects against the environment: The oil acts as a barrier against air pollution, wind, and sun. It doesn’t entirely block out these environmental conditions but the shield of oil sure does help.
Disadvantages of Oily Skin
Clogs pores: The biggest disadvantage of oily skin is that it can clog pores which often results in acne.
Makes your face look shiny: Some say that oil gives skin a beautiful natural glow but it often goes beyond the “glow” and is just straight up shiny and greasy. Several women with oily skin cannot go a full day (or even a half day) without wanting to wash off all the makeup and start over because the oil buildup and excess shine.
Can’t skip a wash: Those who have dry skin can forget to wash their face from time to time but, with oily skin, it is important to wash your face every day because the oil buildup along with all of the makeup and dirt will clog up your pores and very possibly cause a breakout.
How To Treat Your Oily Skin
Many suggest that you should use a daily regimen with harsh chemicals to prevent oily-ness but stripping your natural oils will only tell your body to produce more oil to compensate for the dry skin, resulting in even oilier skin. Therefore this is not an effective solution especially considering some natural oils is a good thing.
Everybody’s skin contains different amounts of oil so skin care regimens for oily skin vary. There are still some general steps to take to treat oily skin without over-drying it and stripping it of all of its natural oils:
- Look for a cleanser that is gentle and alcohol free that won’t strip your natural oils and dry out your skin
- Wash your face twice a day to keep your pores clean and unclogged
- Minimize using a scrub or other exfoliant to only a few times a week
- Invest in oil control blotting papers and powders especially for those who wear makeup throughout the day
- Consider a product that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
- Get a facial treatment specifically for oily skin
You will most likely need to test out different cleansers and/or the amount you wash your face in a day to eventually discover the best skin care routine for your particular skin. Keep in mind the advantages of oily skin and its long-term benefits so that you do not overdo it trying to eliminate any and all traces of oil.
For more information, read about our organic skin care tips for oily skin.