Prevent and get rid of pimples caused due to excess oil on your face

By Skin & Hair Academy  |   October 15, 2015

You’re perhaps aware that the oil produced by your skin helps in keeping it healthy. The oil protects the skin against dust and dirt, and always keeps it moisturized. However, production of extra oil can cause your facial skin to become too oily, resulting in pimples and large pores. So are you facing this problem? Don’t worry! There are different ways to reduce the oiliness on your face. Here’re some simple skin care tips.

Your facial skin is designed to produce oil so that it remains protected against dust and dirt, and stays moisturized. But sometimes, over-sized oil glands (sebaceous glands) start producing excessive sebum (oil-like substance) because of which oil builds up on the skin, and your face looks dark, greasy and shiny. [1].

Skin oiliness can be caused due to stress, hormonal changes and sweating. If the excess oil is not washed off the skin, bacteria and dead skin get stuck on the face, and cause pimples.

So is this extra oil bad for your face?

Both men and women of all ages are affected by skin oiliness. It becomes a problem when sebum produced by the skin is excessive for the sex and age of the person. Although skin oiliness has nothing to do with the physical functioning of the body, a chronic condition can severely affect an individual’s physical appearance and mental condition. The face starts looking shiny and greasy, large pores become visible on the face, and sometimes acne develops. According to studies, a large percentage of teenagers affected with oily skin develop adverse social and psychological effects too. They feel annoyed, embarrassed and uncomfortable with the condition.[2]

What can you do to get rid of the extra oil on your face?

The best thing you can do to stay away from oily skin is to keep it clean and wash it regularly with soap and warm water. If you cannot wash your face regularly, you can use astringent pads to clean your face. If you are applying cosmetics, use only oil-free and water-based products. [3]

Here are a few tips on how you can get rid of extra oil on your face:

Regular washing: In order to keep your skin pores open and to avoid building up of sebum, you have to wash your face at frequent intervals, at least 3-4 times a day. But overdoing it may cause skin dryness, which is another problem you will have to deal with. It is therefore important to use a mild face wash, cleanser or soap so that it washes off excess oil from your face without causing dryness.

Wiping the oil off: There are oil-free skin clearing wipes available in the market, the main ingredient of which is Salicylic Acid.[4] You can use these wipes to clear oil from your face at regular intervals without going to the washroom every now and then. These are comfortable to use, and do not cause any irritation or dryness to the skin, unlike washing the face with soap and water.

Medical treatment: Your dermatologist may recommend oral retinoids, like Isotretinoin, which are highly effective in treating skin oiliness even when this is extreme. They uniquely work on your sebaceous glands to reduce their size, thus suppressing the production of sebum.[5]

Despite all the harms, oily skin has its own benefits too. Unlike on dry skin, wrinkles tend to occur less on oily skin; loss of elasticity is also known to be slower for oily skin[6]. By keeping your skin clean and the pores open, you can stay looking young for longer.

So there you are. Choose your skin products carefully, as they should be oil-free and water based, and never leave your cosmetics on overnight. By taking a little care and following these simple steps, you can get rid of that extra oil on your face, and keep looking vibrant and glorious always. Cheers!

References:

[1]. Oily skin: an overview. - PubMed - NCBI . 2015. Oily skin: an overview. - PubMed - NCBI . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22722766. [Accessed 09 October 2015].

[2]. Patient experiences with oily skin: The qualitative development of content for two new patient reported outcome questionnaires. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2577631/. [Accessed 09 October 2015].

[3]. Oily skin: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. 2015. Oily skin: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002043.htm. [Accessed 09 October 2015].

[4]. Salicylic Acid Topical: MedlinePlus Drug Information. 2015. Salicylic Acid Topical: MedlinePlus Drug Information. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a607072.html. [Accessed 09 October 2015].

[5]. Public interest report no. 19-the overuse of tranquilizers in older patients. - PubMed - NCBI . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/955724. [Accessed 09 October 2015].

[6]. Survey on skin aging status and related influential factors in Southeast China . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2613964/. [Accessed 09 October 2015].


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