7 Things You're Doing Wrong With Your Oily Skin

For years I thought I was alone in my struggle with oily skin. I thought it was something I would always battle with and lose. Then one day the stars aligned and my oily skin and I finally called a truce. The truce didn’t last long.

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After a while, I noticed that my skin was oily and shiny all the time. Not just at the end of the day like was during the truce. My mineral powder makeup was disappearing from my face a few hours after application. Also, my pores were smiling back at me and I was breaking out more than I had in years.

It was frustrating and embarrassing. I wasn’t sure what to do. So I sat down one evening and spent hours watching YouTube videos and reading articles about how to shrink pores and take care of oily skin.

From all of that research, I realized there were several things I was doing that were doing more harm than good to my skin. That's when I decided that I needed to start from scratch when it comes to my skincare routine. Here are the seven things I realized I was doing wrong and have eliminated from my skincare routine:

1. Light cleansers

I can be a pretty loyal person especially when it comes to beauty products that work for me. I’ve been using the same facial cleanser for years. It didn't foam and it wasn't great at getting in my pores but it was light and gentle on my skin. What I didn’t realize is my skin was changing and that type of cleanser was no longer working.

Instead of that really gentle and really light cleanser, I needed a good cream, foaming, or gel cleanser that was going to completely remove my makeup, get deep into my pores, and remove excess oil from my face without drying it out. This is where the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser came in. This experience has also caused me to rethink all of the products I use and realize that I may need to mix things up every now and then.

2. Using hot water

Who's ever thought that hot water was a cure for oily skin? I did. So I used hot water on my face all the time. I would even wash my face in my steamy hot showers. All this was doing was drying out my skin which caused it to create even more oil and open up my pores. It was a vicious cycle. Instead of using hot water on my face, I now use mild or cold water. It's much better for my skin and even helps to shrink my pores.

3. Minimal face washing

Over-cleansing can be bad for your skin. It can dry out your skin causing it to produce more oil to compensate. Keeping that in mind I did decide that cleansing my face more often than less was better for my skin.

Previously, I had been buying into some of the skincare tips that I didn’t need to wash my face in the morning. So for months before my skin threw a fit, I wasn’t washing my face in the morning. I would splash some warm or hot water on my face and maybe use toner, but that was it.

Now I always use a makeup remover towelette to remove my makeup at night or once I return home after being out. I also wash my face day and night. I’ll even sometimes wash my face twice at night if my makeup was on the heavier side so I can make sure it all gets washed off.

4. Exfoliating every day

Doing a facial scrub to exfoliate can be helpful when you have oily skin. When it’s done in moderation. I used to use a facial scrub every day by washing my face with St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub.  Surprisingly my skin didn't respond negatively to it though I have to admit my skin wasn't as clear then as it is now. 

Over time I’ve come to realize that while removing dead surface skin is important I can’t and shouldn’t do it every day. That will just cause irritation and have a negative versus positive effect on my skin. Now, I exfoliate my face 2-3 times a month using a less harsh facial scrub.

5. Using the wrong face mask

Mud masks are great for oily skin which I have because they can help reduce shininess and clear out pores. If I’d realized that I would have done masks more often and actually done mud masks in the past.

To help get my skin back on track and stay on track I use the Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask a couple of times a week.

6. Not using a toner

I used toners back in my high school days but stopped because the toners were full of alcohol. Instead of helping my skin like toners should they dried out and irritated my skin. So I stopped using toners and didn’t use any for years.

As my skin started to change I realized that bringing a facial toner back into my routine was necessary to help remove traces of oil and makeup, soothe my skin, and restore the pH balance of my skin. 

For a while, the facial toner I’m currently using is a homemade one with witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, and water. Currently, I've been switching between the Thayer Hydrating Milky Toner and the Yes To Cucumbers, Soothing + Calming Toner.

7. Being light-handed with moisturizer

I can’t remember where I got this idea from but I thought that because my skin was on the oily side I didn’t need to moisturize my skin every day or every time after I wash it. So there were times that at night I wasn’t using a moisturizer so my face could dry out. That obviously had the opposite effect.

Now I know that oily skin can be dehydrated which can cause an overproduction of oil. For me, the key when it comes to using moisturizers on oily skin is to use light, fast-absorbing, oil-free moisturizers that hydrate without adding too much oil to my face. Moisturizers like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Water Gel.

What changes have you made to your skincare lately?


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