August 25, 2014

Oily Skin Myths

Oily Skin Myths
Over the years of trying to dry out my skin and going through many a Rimmel Stay Matte powder, I've learned to accept the fact that my skin is oily.  I feel those with oily skin are told so many myths and given bad advice on how to deal with it.  Therefore I've decided to debunk some of the myths out there and offer up alternative solutions to the problem.

1. People with oily skin can't use products containing oil.
Using oil based products won't make your skin produce more oil.  In fact, a lot of serums and oils can be very nourishing to the skin so don't cast them aside just yet.

2. Oily skin is already hydrated and doesn't need moisturiser.
False! Oily skin sufferers are likely to produce more oil to compensate for the lack of hydration so in actual fact, they need it even more.  For this, I'd recommend a moisturiser suited for dehydrated skin such as the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Moisturiser.  It's specifically made for oily skin weakened by overdrying skincare so it's absolutely perfect.

3. Foaming cleansers are the best solution for oily skin.
The more you try to dry out oily skin actually makes the condition worse.  Foaming cleansers break down the pH level of the skin to a more alkaline environment which makes it a breeding ground for bacteria.  Treat your skin like a sensitive skin sufferer would and opt for a no fuss balm cleanser such as Lush's Ultrabland Cleanser.

4. Oily skin can only use clay masks, not moisturising masks.
If you've made it this far, you'll start to see a trend forming.  Clay masks are wonderful and I do think those with oily skin would benefit from them but a moisturising mask will do wonders too.  You tend to lose a lot of moisture while you sleep so popping on an overnight mask such as the Origins Drink Up Intensive can restore some of that back into the skin.

5. Oily skin causes breakouts.
All skintypes can cause breakouts so it's not necessarily oily skin that's causing them.  Breakouts can be hormonal or a build up of dead skin cells so it's good to look out for a gentle exfoliator to remove them.  Now when I say exfoliator, I don't mean the ones with beads in them (avoid them like the plague!) you'll want a good liquid exfoliator like La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Micro-Exfoliant which is gentle and won't strip the skin.

Hopefully this will give a better understanding on how to deal with oily skin.  As with all advice I give, it's from my own experience and own research so if you have an alternative solution, that's perfectly fine!  Now I think a little skincare haul is in order..

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