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 just 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.
We’re here to show you a couple of ways to bring balance back to your skin and keep it healthy.
Let’s talk about oil and why it happens.
Why Does Oily Skin Happen?
If you just recently noticed that your skin has become more oily, you might be wondering 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 that are located underneath your skin’s surface and are responsible for keeping it moisturized and protected.
When there is too much sebum produced, it can lead to clogged pores which results 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. It’s important to remember that even though oily skin is a challenge, it’s not impossible to treat. There are definitely ways to regulate your oil production!
Tips On 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.
Washing Your Face
The simplest tip for oily skin is washing your face. We know that sounds simple and it is -- but there is a certain 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 get rid of 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 actually triggers your sebum glands to produce more oil. Use gentle cleansers only and resist the urge to overwash.
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 emergency situations 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.
Dietary and Other Causes
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.
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.”
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.
Balancing Your Skin With Probiotics
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 leads to breakouts, and other skin issues.
Probiotics are often associated with gut health, but they are beneficial to your skin and scalp too. The good bacteria in probiotics help maintain your skin’s ecosystem so that they can produce the right amount of oil and keep excess dirt and grime away.
Mother Dirt Skin Care
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 Probiotic Moisturizing Serum contains probiotic extracts 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 Probiotic 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 skin care line as it restores essential bacteria lost to modern hygiene, setting the stage for healthy, radiant skin.
What is AOB, you ask? It stands for Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria. Scientists have discovered that, a long time ago, our skin contained AOB naturally and it was key to helping protect our skin from bad bacteria, harmful substances and environmental factors.
But today, because of modern hygiene practices, most people’s skin doesn’t contain AOB anymore, the exception being a group of people indigenous to the Amazon rainforest, from the Yanomami tribe. The reason why the Yanomani still have AOB on their skin is 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 Probiotic Foam Cleanser, Probiotic Moisturizing Serum, AO+ Restorative Mist, and even a sample of our Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash and Conditioner.
Keeping Up With Your Skin
The most important thing to remember with caring for oily skin is that it’s 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 really improve your skin from the inside out is with probiotics. Adding bacteria to your routine will help balance what your skin needs so that it can 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 the things that your skin really 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!