Biggest Oily Skin Myths Cleared Up
There are so many myths surrounding oily skin. If your skin is on the oily side, then at some point, you’ve probably heard that you should always carry blotting papers with you, toner is your best friend, and the more you wash your face the less oily it will be – the list goes on and on. So, what’s true and what’s not? No need to worry, we’re here to set the record straight. Here are five myths about oily skin squashed just for you.
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Myth: You don’t have to use moisturizer if you have oily skin.
The Truth: Contrary to popular belief, oily skin needs hydration just like dry skin does. In fact, stripping your oily skin of moisture can cause it to produce even more oil as a way of trying to balance itself. If you have oily skin, try purchasing moisturizers with labels such as “oil-free,” “water-based,” and “non-cosmedogenic” to avoid clogged pores.
Myth: Oily skin doesn’t age as easily as dry skin.
The Truth: There’s no doubt that fine lines and wrinkles are definitely more visible on dry skin, but having oily skin doesn’t make you immune to aging. The best way to prevent premature aging is through regular exercise, healthy eating, lots of sleep and water and minimal amounts of stress. If you’re interested in adding anti-aging creams and products to your daily skincare regimen, then be sure to see your dermatologist to figure out a routine that works best for you.
Myth: Sunscreen is too heavy for oily skin.
The Truth: While it’s true that many sunscreens are far too greasy and heavy for those of us with oily skin, the good news is that more brands are starting to make lightweight formulas specifically designed with oily skin in mind.
Myth: You must exfoliate your skin every day.
The Truth: Exfoliating too often can strip your skin of essential oils and ruin your complexion in the long run. How can you tell if you’re exfoliating way too much? Excessive dryness, irritation, redness and sensitivity are all tell-tale signs. Using a gentle scrub two to three times a week is all you really need to remove most dead skin cells.
Myth: Oily skin can be cured.
The Truth: Yes, there are certain products you can use and lifestyle changes you can make – some people find that eating sweets and greasy foods cause them to break out more – to reduce the amount of oil your skin produces; however, there’s nothing you can do to change your genetic makeup. In short, you’re probably going to have oily skin for the rest of your life, but there are far worse things in life to complain about.
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