I’ve had really really really oily skin since I was 13 years old. Not to mention, large open pores, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads – and all the other annoying stuff that accompanies oily skin.
I’ve tried almost everything to make it less oily. But it’s like a curse that refuses to go away…until now!
It took me 20 years to realize what I had been doing wrong.
I was trying to get rid of my oily complexion by ‘drying it out’.
So I used harsh face washes and cleansers to remove all the oil from my skin.
I used drying acne treatments to get rid of my pimples.
I used mattifying products to shrink my pores.
I used powders to reduce the shine.
And most importantly, I DID NOT USE MOISTURIZER.
After all, who needs to add more oil when your skin is already producing extra, right?
I could not have been more wrong!!!
Oily skin actually needs MORE moisture to make it LESS oily!
How?? What??? Why????
Moisture does not mean more oil. It means more water.
If your skin is oily it simply means that it’s thirsty and wants water (or moisture). So your oil glands go into overdrive and produce extra oil to make up for the loss.
That’s why every time you try to dry your skin out, it seems to get oilier.
Now if you add moisture (by moisture, I don’t mean more oil, I mean more water), your skin’s thirst is quenched so it will not overcompensate and produce so much oil.
So the best thing you can do for oily skin is moisturize it!!!
Just be careful about what kind of moisturizer you choose. You don’t want to add more oil and make your skin breakout.
Gel moisturizers are water-based, so there’s no way they can clog your pores. They also absorb quickly, cool skin and plump it up. You can also opt for a light oil-free moisturizing lotion that is non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores) and keeps your skin fresh and healthy.
WATCH OUT: When you start moisturizing, at first, your skin will appear more greasy. But after 2 weeks of moisturizing, your skin learns that it doesn’t need to produce as much oil as before and slowly but surely, it will get less greasy. So don’t give up at the very start. Hang in there for 2-3 weeks to notice the difference.
Stuff I ♥: I really like Clinique Moisture Surge. It feels nice and cool on my skin, and leaves it dewy and plump. Another favourite is Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Facial Gel Pure Rosewater – it get’s absorbed super fast and also tightens my pores, leaving my skin looking bright and fresh.
Try moisturising your oily skin for at least 2 weeks and then let me know how your skin behaves. I’m sure you won’t regret it.