A constant battle with oily skin is never a pleasant situation. Men with an oily skin type can literally find their skin all greasy shortly after a thorough wash.
Why Is My Skin So Oily?
The presence of the hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in very high amounts in a man, leads to an overproduction of sebum (a protective oil and form of lubrication from the glands beneath the skin). Some men have relatively very high levels of DHT, hence their oily skin.
Reasons/Causes Of Oily Skin
In a nutshell, here are the more common reasons why people (in general) may have oily skin:
- Your location and the season of the year
- Using skincare products bad for you
- Enlarged pores
- Not using a moisturizer
- Being overzealous with your skincare routine
How To Reduce Sebum Production And Get Rid Of Oily Skin
While you may naturally have an oily skin type, you do not have to accept the damage it does to your overall look without fighting back. So, if you’re tired of that excessive shine on your already great skin complexion, here’s your way out:
Cleanse Your Face
Men tend to think this is a routine that is only important for women. Well, if you are a man with oily skin, you need to change that orientation. There are a specific skincare routine men should follow.
For obvious reasons, the face is the body part of interest here. It is very important that you properly cleanse your face with a great cleanser twice daily. If possible, you could cleanse up to thrice daily. In addition to this, use a face wash that was specifically made for men with oily skin. The cleansing should be done once in the morning and once more before you sleep. The third one could be a quick mid-day facial cleansing ritual if you have some time to spare.
However, one more also be cautious here, as over washing the face might allow the skin to dry out. It is important to maintain the chemical balance of the skin on the face and over washing the face might prevent this. Once there’s an imbalance, the skin compensates for the production of excessive oil. Hence, caution is very important.
Be Careful With Shaving Products
Avoid all shaving products (shaving creams, after-shave and the likes of them) with alcohol as their ingredients. Products with menthol might also give you the feeling that they are the best, given the sensation you get after using them. This does not make these products the best for you.
Products with alcohol or menthol basically dry out the skin, leading to inevitably high levels of oil production. Remember, this is what you are trying to avoid.
Exfoliate Your Skin Moderately
Get a body and face scrub to help take out dead skin cells. Your sebaceous glands produce so much oil and this would lead to clogging of your skin pores. This clogging would only allow your face to look even oilier.
Now, here’s the catch: Exfoliation should be done twice weekly, yet, when you scrub, you need to do it gently. Overly scrubbing your skin will make it dry out. Once your skin dries out, it would try to compensate again by another round of excessive oil production. You certainly do not want this.
There is a general misconception that people with oily skin should not moisturize. This is so wrong, as an oily skin that lacks the right kind of moisture would only produce more oil as a shield.
Your concerns about moisturizing an already oily skin are still valid. Hence, you can use an oil-free moisturizer once a day. This helps you avoid any additional sources of oil. Your moisturizer should be one that can be easily absorbed into the skin too. A lightweight moisturizer would be a perfect fit. Also ensure your moisturizer has all the necessary nutrients it should, to give you a healthy glow.
Home Remedies For Oily Skin
There are several home remedies for oily skin. However, the following are highly practical, readily available and proven:
- A combination of egg whites and lemon
- Aloe Vera
When the art of using these tips is perfected over time, you would have fewer complaints. The factors that cause excessive oil production are basically good things done in the wrong way. Putting those things in check definitely solves the problem.
Now, you know your skin is oily largely because you are a man. However, this does not make the oily skin type completely bad. Generally, oily skin ages better compared to dry skin. Oily skin does not suffer wrinkles and fatigue to the extent that dry skins do.