Skincare and men's grooming is something that's continuing to grow, but still rather new in the menswear industry. We as men don't typically talk about grooming, but with the rise of social media and the overall beauty industry, we are seeing a rise in the awareness when it comes to men taking care of their skin. One of the most common issues we face is oily skin and the unwanted side effects that comes with it. I, unfortunately, fall into this category and suffer from oily skin and because of that I have been researching the cause and solution and sharing it with you.
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If you have oily skin, you're well aware of it, but here are a few tricks to determine if you
- Large open pores
- Very 'greasy' complexation; typically in the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin)
- Spotty breakouts including blackheads
- Oil build up throughout the day
The Causes of Oily Skin
Have you ever heard of the sebaceous gland? No? Nor have I until I started to research the cause of this annoying problem. The sebaceous gland is responsible for protecting your skin from the outer elements by creating a thin layer of lubrication, and when these glands become overactive, it produces oily skin. As men, our glands are naturally larger and produce more sebum than females - the joy. Because of that, we are more prone to oily skin and breakouts. Now, this isn't the end-of-the-world, it can be treated, and it all begins with routine.
If you've determined that you have oily skin, the most important thing you can do to treat it is, establish a routine. There are a ton of routines out there both by beauty enthusiast and professionals, and I've put together my top seven tips for treating oily skin and some of the best products.
To keep a clear complexation, cleansing your skin daily is essential whether you have oily skin or not, but vital if you do. Cleansing twice daily will remove all excess grease, build up, and sebum - all the things that attribute to an oily overload. So, if you're not doing so already, you should be cleansing your face twice daily. Once you have established a cleansing routine, it's important to pick the right products that will not strip your skin of its natural oils, but remove the excess build up.
Don't be overzealous when it comes to washing your face; the more products or, the higher strength is not what you should be going after. Instead, you should be using glycerine-based cleansers that are formulated for oily skin.
Declog those Pores
In addition to a good glycerine-based cleaner, you should be looking at an exfoliator (face scrub) that will remove dead skin cells; use this twice a week. If a face scrub is not your thing or you have combination skin, try the Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System. This comes with a higher price tag, but the investment will remove 2x more dirt and oil than typical cleansing.
To Tone or Not to Tone
There are conflicting reports about toners and whether you should be using them or not. They aren't necessarily a must-have, but after cleansing your skin, a good toner will help close your pores and prevent the build up of excess grease.
After all of this cleansing, you need a good moisturizer. Many of us believe that since we have excess oil we don't need to apply a moisturizer, but that's a huge misconception. Applying a moisturizer is about creating a balance between your natural oil production and the re-hydration of your skin. So, look for products that add moisture without the grease, a light-weight formula that's for oily skin will do the trick.
We talked about this earlier; an overactive sebaceous gland will cause oily build-up, but so will the complexation of your skin. Many of us believe that when it comes to darker skin, we don't need to apply sunscreen - especially when we have oily skin. Proper coverage is just as important regardless of your skin type or complexation, and over the years skincare brands have developed many products that are formulated for our skin type. So, don't skip the sunscreen; your aging skin will thank you later.
Treatments are probably my favorite step; weird I know, but I enjoy finding different products that help treat different problem areas. When it comes to oily skin, it's important you have treatment products that unclog, treats breakouts, and fights the excess oil.
- Face Masks
The typical choice of treatment and my go-to is a face masque. Face masques promise to clear and tighten your pores, absorb excess oil and banish impurities to leave you with clean, toned and brightened, but not all skin masques are alike. I've tried my hand at many, and some can cause more damage than good. So, be selective when using these and look for products that are formulated with clay or charcoal.
- Spot Treatments
Having oily skin makes you prone to acne breakouts and blackheads - the worst part of it all. Following the above routine can help prevent breakouts, but you will get the occasional blemish, and these are products that will help target spots and keep them to a minimum.
On the Go
If you're always on the go, handling your skin is the hardest thing to do. Stressful situations, NYC streets (and heat), and all other factors come into play when taking care of your skin. No matter how strict you are with taking care of your it, there will be occasions while your on-the-go where you need to sweep the forehead of excess oil. Blotting pads or wipes are the perfect products to keep on hand for when you're in a pinch.
The good news about having oily skin is that your skin will age well with the right skincare routine and the production of oil will reduce as you age. All of the products I've recommended either I've used personally or have received specific recommendations to use. Please get in touch with me below in the comments if you have a specific routine or solution that isn't listed above. Here's to the grease fight!