If your skin is naturally more oily, then you could be doing it serious damage by following a skincare routine for people suffering with eczema and dry skin.
To help you maintain a healthy balance, we’ve put together a list of the top six skincare products that you should be trying to avoid in your routine.
Oil based products
This might sound obvious, but many people continue to use very oily products because of their natural benefits to those with slightly drier or even more balanced skin.
Whilst products such as face oils and oil based cosmetics might look as though they’ll do you the world of good, they should really be left to those who need them.
For people with naturally oily skin, these products will only increase the levels of oil in the outer layers of the skin, leading to an increased number of clogged pores and an oily appearance.
Instead, look for ‘oil free’ on product labels for clearer, healthier skin. Depending on how oily your skin is, it might be worth avoiding products or ingredients with oil content all together.
There are now an abundance of products that contain either a minimal percentage or no oil at all, but make sure you use one which provides your skin with some level of moisture as this is essential for letting your own natural oils escape from your skin.
Toners, especially stripping toners, might seem like an ideal solution for those of us who have slightly more oily skin.
It’s natural to assume they would strip some of the excess oils away and leave us with a slightly more balanced complexion. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.
Toners are very often over-effective in terms of removing oil from our skin, meaning that they actually trigger our glands to release more oil to try and compensate.
This in turn leads to an overproduction that can take a while to sort itself out.
Steer clear and opt for something slightly more gentle to keep moisture at an optimum level. Try and find a more soothing, natural based product, containing plant extracts such as aloe vera.
It would be wise to avoid any products that contain alcohol, as this will only serve to dry out your skin even more.
Oily hair products
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Perhaps not so obvious, but harmful to oily skin nonetheless, oily hair products can play a major role in the balance of your facial moisture levels.
Any excess oils not absorbed by your hair, or those secreted throughout the day, are likely to come into contact with your face as you sweat.
This can be particularly damaging if the product is petroleum based, which is used to seal in moisture and will clog up your pores.
Depending on your hair type and what you’re trying to achieve, it might be worth investing in a water-based hair product.
These are now widely available on the market and whilst they might not have quite as strong a hold as their oil-based counterparts, they have the additional benefit of being far easier to wash out from your hair - meaning less oil on your skin in the long run.
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Much like oil based products, emollients are another culprit that do more harm than good. Whilst they are very effective at softening coarse and dry skin, when applied to more oily skin they serve only to clog pores and increase oil production.
This will exacerbate the problems that you might already be suffering from due to having oily skin in the first place.
Whilst we really don’t recommend skipping moisturising, we advise using a lighter and less intense moisturiser that will leave your skin soft and not greasy.
Natural plant oils are a far better alternative to emollients, ingredients like jojoba oil are fantastic at being absorbed by the skin and not getting clogged up in your pores.
Your skin will also feel less greasy and more refreshed as a result.
Combining dehydrating products
Whilst we’ve established that excessively oily skin products are not how to get rid of oily skin, it is important to note that combining dehydrating skin care products can also be detrimental to the look and feel of it as well.
Working in the same way as a toner does, it might seem like a great idea to buy a load of products and throw the kitchen sink at your oily skin, particularly if it’s been a major source of frustration.
In the long term, however, this will be counterproductive and will instigate increased oil production, compounding the problem.
Find a happy medium. A balanced level of moisture is the best way to achieve balanced healthy skin. Try to resist the temptation to overload one way or the other and remain patient.
By combining too many dehydrating products, you will end up wasting time and money and harming your skin's moisture balance in the process.
Everything at once
As you will probably know by now, trying too many things at once never works in the world of skincare and cosmetics. To bombard your face with a million different treatments can do serious damage to your skin and the balance of your complexion.
Not only that, but if you’re using too many products all at once then it’s more or less impossible to know which ones are actually working or not. Treating your skin is very often a trial and error process and what works for other people may not necessarily work for you.
Choose one product, such as a salicylic acid, and stick with it for long enough to see the benefits.
It often takes a while to see the real benefits of using these kinds of products, and you have to make them a consistent part of your routine to achieve optimal results.
Then if it doesn’t work, try something else until you find what works for you.