If Your Skin Is Oily – Never Do These 8 Things
Oily skin may be a scourge for the men and women who have it. For one thing, it makes a person more susceptible to breakouts when the oils combine with bacteria on the skin to clog pores and hair follicles. Moreover, women tend to suffer more from the oily skin because they put on pore-clogging makeup and because of the hormonal fluctuations that come from taking birth control pills, pregnancy or menopause. It seems everyone subject to oily skin suffers particularly bad bouts of it during adolescence.
But all is not lost. There are several things a person with oily skin should not do to keep control of the situation. Here are eight of them:
1. Don’t Smoke
Dermatologists have long known that smoking, or even exposure to cigarette smoke, worsens oily skin. Smoking depresses the body’s levels of vitamin A, a vitamin which is essential to the health of the skin. One of the things that vitamin A does is keep the sebaceous glands in the skin from overproducing sebum, a mix of fats and oils. Vitamin A also helps skin cells slough off when they die. A build-up of dead skin cells mixed with an overproduction of oil often results in acne.
2. Stay Away From Heat and Humidity
Heat and humidity are also culprits when it comes to promoting oily skin. They cause people to sweat, and sweating exacerbates oily skin. On top of this, heat and humidity may cause heat rash. This happens when the sweat glands are closed off because they are trapped in tight clothing or dressings. Dermatologists recommend people counter the high heat and humidity with a night cleanser that has salicylic acid as an ingredient. It should be put on at night, before bedtime, because salicylic acid makes the skin more sensitive to the sun.
3. Avoid Harsh Soap
Most bar soaps are too harsh for people with oily skin, and they are especially bad if the skin is both oily and sensitive. A mild, fragrance-free cleanser is the best for people with oily skin. Another good idea is not to vigorously scrub the face when washing. This just irritates the skin and strips it of the oils it needs to stay supple.
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