You regularly have oily skin, enlarged pores and are prone to breakouts.
Excess oil in the skin is produced by overactive sebaceous glands and though you may wish to stop oily skin in its tracks, having such a skin type is actually really healthy and will benefit you later in life since you'll have fewer wrinkles! Your skin care priority is to help regulate and not stop sebum production for a more balanced skin.
Choose a gel or gentle foaming cleanser to be rinsed with water. Toners are great for regulating oily skins and getting that sparkly clean feel. Avoid astringent and traditional alcohol-based, stripping formulas and benzyl peroxide which actually encourages skin to overproduce sebum after its initial drying out effect. Opt for cleansers and toners containing witch hazel, tea tree, green tea, aloe, chamomile, cucumber or calendula.
Non-abrasive exfoliators such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids, which work by dissolving the top layer of dead skin cells, are best for oily or acne prone skin types. Treat skin to a detox mask once a week to draw out impurities; La Mav Green Clay Mask (below) is fantastic.
Oily skin can still be dehydrated and needs moisturising. A lightweight lotion moisturiser is better absorbed by oily skin. Choose an antioxidant rich formula with botanical anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents such as green tea, chamomile, provitamin B5 (niacinamide), vitamin E, liquorice, calendula, raspberry, seaweed, rosehip, camellia, evening primrose oil, arnica or echinacea.
For blemishes try a herbal ointment containing one of Mother Nature’s greatest skin saviours – tea tree oil. Vitamin C powder is also great way to zap unwanted spots in a flash. Find out more in our article Natural Skincare for Acne Skin.
When it comes to makeup, use a mineral powder makeup to help protect your skin from excessive sebum production as well as protect it from the sun (it often contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide). If you prefer a liquid foundation, still use a mattifying powder on the t-zone to prevent excess shine. Blotting paper is also a great way to remove unwanted shine throughout the day. See our article Foundation for Oily Skin.
By Nina Weston
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