Oily skin is something that a lot of people struggle with, not just teenagers. It can be a tricky beast to get rid of because most mainstream skincare advice ends up triggering even more oil production. But you don’t have to suffer through having oily skin, as there are ways to get rid of it. Let’s talk about how to get rid of oily skin.
Why Does Oily Skin Happen?
If you recently noticed that your skin has become more oily, you might wonder why this has happened. Your skin can look and feel oily when too much sebum is produced from your sebaceous glands. These are the glands located underneath your skin’s surface and are responsible for keeping it moisturized and protected.
When there is increased oil production, it can lead to clogged pores, resulting in acne and red marks. Sometimes hormones (like puberty) can cause your sebum production to increase, or you might be genetically predisposed to oily skin. People with oily skin have difficulty controlling the amount of oil without turning to home remedies of the right skin care products.
Still, it’s important to remember that even though oily skin is a challenge, it’s not impossible to treat. There are ways to regulate your oil production!
Tips to Get Rid of Oily Skin
Your skin won’t become magically less oily overnight, but there are a few things you can add or take out of your skincare routine that could improve your sebum production. Let’s talk about where to start.
1. Wash Your Face Twice a Day
The most straightforward tip for oily skin is washing your face. We know that sounds simple, and it is -- but there is a sure way you should be doing it. Washing your face twice daily, once in the morning and once at night, is the best way to keep it clean and remove excess sweat and dirt.
The big caveat here is not to use harsh soaps or cleansers on your face, as they could strip your skin, which triggers your sebum glands to produce more oil. Use gentle cleansers only and resist the urge to over-wash.
2. Try Using Blotting Papers
This is more of a short-term solution while you get control of your skin’s oil balance. But blotting sheets can be a lifesaver when you’re in a bind and need to get some of the excess oil off your face. This can help reduce shiny, greasy-looking skin and is a relatively inexpensive option for emergencies during the day. Just make sure that you don’t reuse the sheets on your face because you could spread bacteria and germs to your skin.
Blotting papers help absorb excess oil on the skin without the need for setting powders or makeup.
3. Think About What's Causing It
Besides genetics and hormones, food plays a role in oily skin. It may be helpful to cut down on fried food or foods that are high in sugar. Another thing to avoid is wearing heavy makeup to conceal oily skin. Some products only clog the skin more and cause more oil to be produced, creating a vicious cycle. Follow a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods to control oil production.
5. Read Labels on Skincare
Another way to help reduce the oil production in your skin is by thoroughly reading the ingredients on your current skincare bottles. Certain kinds of ingredients can make oily skin worse, and you want to stay clear of them. Look for products that say things like “non-comedogenic” and “doesn’t clog pores.”
Some popular ingredients and products are witch hazel and clay masks to help absorb the oil on the skin's surface.
You can also look for ingredients that specifically help with oil gland production, like salicylic acid, niacinamide, retinoids, and sulfur. Formulas that have a lighter feel to them, like serums, are also better for oily skin than heavy creams and ointments.
6. Balance Your Skin With Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Postbiotics
A lot of people believe that bacteria is the worst possible thing for your face. But it’s a bit more intricate than that. That’s because there is such a thing as “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria on your skin. You see, your skin is a delicately balanced ecosystem that requires beneficial bacteria to keep it looking and feeling its best!
This is why seeking out “antibacterial” skincare products is not the best thing for your skin. These types of products strip away all your bacteria, even the beneficial kind. This leaves your skin relatively defenseless against things that could damage it and lead to breakouts and other skin issues.
Mother Dirt Skincare
Here at Mother Dirt, we aren’t afraid of getting our hands (and skin!) a little dirty. We believe in the power of bacteria and what it can do for your body inside and out. That’s why we’ve created a skincare line that contains special probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics for your face.
Our Postbiotic Serum contains postbiotics that help bring back your skin’s natural balance. It’s suitable for all skin types, including oily, so that you can keep your face moisturized without leaving it greasy. It might seem counterintuitive to apply moisturizer to oily skin, but it gives your skin a layer of protection against rebound oil production.
Our Prebiotic Foaming Cleanser contains the prebiotics from chicory root and rose water to gently remove impurities and maintain optimal pH without stripping your skin of essential balance, leaving it balanced and refreshed. It’s made without any fragrances or sulfates and is even suitable for sensitive skin.
Another product that helps with oily skin is our AO+ Restorative Mist. It’s made with live AOB that helps maintain your skin’s microbiome balance and gives it a healthy glow. Truly a unique product, it’s the cornerstone of our skincare line as it restores essential bacteria lost to modern hygiene, setting the stage for healthy, radiant skin.
But today, because of modern hygiene practices, most people’s skin doesn’t contain AOB anymore, except a group of people indigenous to the Amazon rainforest from the Yanomami tribe. The Yanomami still have AOB on their skin because they haven’t been exposed to traditional skincare. This is why we made it our mission to give skin back its AOB to restore it to its full, beautiful and radiant potential.
An easy way to get started on your journey to amazing skin is by grabbing our complete skincare set, The PeaceKeeper. It includes three simple steps for glowing, healthier skin. It comes with our Prebiotic Foam Cleanser, Postbiotic Serum, and AO+ Restorative Mist.
Keeping Up With Your Skin
The most important thing to remember with caring for oily skin is not just about what you take away. Trying to strip your skin of all its oil to improve it will only lead to a more imbalanced microbiome and side effects like acne and irritation. The only way to improve your skin from the inside out is with probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics. Adding bacteria to your routine will help balance what your skin needs to stop overproducing oil.
Replenishing your skin and recovering its natural beauty is the goal of Mother Dirt’s products. We cut out all the unnecessary ingredients from our skincare and only included what your skin needs.
Microbiome-friendly skincare is still a relatively new concept. Before buying any new skincare products, make sure you check out what active ingredients they’re using. You might be surprised. When you find products that support the bacteria that your skin needs, your skin will look and feel better.
When it comes down to it, even oily skincare routines only need about three steps in total. All you need to find is a good cleanser, moisturizer, and mist, and you’ll be good to go. Try to keep things simple and clean for your skin, and it will thank you!