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There are so many day-to-day mistakes that ladies with oily skin make which can be really harmful for the skin in the long run. Let’s find out how you can avoid them.
1. Obsessive cleansing:
We tend to wash our face too often if we have oily skin but this makes the skin oilier as our skin overcompensates for the drying out caused by excessive cleansing. So, wash twice or maximum thrice a day and use blotting tissues during the day.
2. Not using moisturizer:
Who said oily skin doesn’t need a moisturizer! Every skin type needs moisturization but different levels of hydration. So, always use a lightweight and water-based moisturizer on your oily skin which will form a protective layer over skin, which would prevent dehydration.
3. Using harsh cleansers:
Try to use a foaming gel cleanser to cleanse your face and stay away from harsh cleansers that can strip off natural oils from the skin. Look for cleansers that have salicylic acid and that are sulphate-free.
4. Exfoliating too much:
Use a chemical exfoliant that has AHAs and BHAs for gentle and more effective results. Try to limit your exfoliation procedure to twice or thrice a week if you have extremely oily skin and that too with a gentle exfoliant.
5. Being afraid of oil:
Facial oils help balance sebum production; don’t run away in the opposite direction if you find oil in your beauty products. Oils like tea tree oil, jojoba oil or grape-seed oil can be great to control blemishes, fix your skin’s pH balance and clear oils off your face.
6. Not using a toner:
A toner is especially beneficial for ladies with oily skin as a good-quality toner balances the pH level of the skin. Use an alcohol-free toner on your skin as alcohol can be too drying for the skin.
7. Washing your face with hot water:
Hot water dries the skin and then the oily skin is forced to compensate that by producing an even bigger amount of oil. Try to use slightly lukewarm water to wash your face.
8. Relying on Astringents:
Astringents could be used only once a week as they are extremely drying for the skin. If you have extremely oily skin, then you can consult a dermatologist for a prescription on astringent that will not be as harsh on the skin.
9. Using Oil-Based Makeup:
Don’t just look out for big brands but also have a look at the ingredients too. Oil-based makeup will clog your pores and will make your face look like an oil factory. Opt for makeup that is labelled “noncomedogenic”. It doesn’t clog the pores and is better for the skin.
10. Excessive use of pore strips:
Yes, pore strips are helpful once in a while, but using them too often only makes your skin produce more sebum. Follow the package directions carefully while using pore strips and remember excess of everything is bad.
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