In an effort to control their oily skin, people sometimes create more problems for themselves by using harsh products. They end up stripping all of the oil from the skin. Now the surface is dry and flaky, so they treat the dryness; then a breakout occurs because the products are too rich. Their skincare regime becomes a vicious cycle of addressing the immediate concern, and they're never really satisfied with any of the products they use or the condition of their skin.
Characteristics of an oily skin: excessive oil and shine, a sticky and uneven surface, large visible pores give skin an appearance similar to an orange, frequent breakouts/blemishes and a reddish skin tone.
Priorities of a person with oily skin: Control excess oil secretion and breakouts
Basic skincare regime: 1. Cleanser 2. Facial moisturizer (oil-free moisturizer, use on face and neck a.m./p.m.) 3. Eye cream (moisturize eye area a.m./p.m.) 4. Facial mask (clay-based mask on face and neck 2-3 times a week) 5. Blemish treatment (when needed) 6. Foundation primer to eliminate the redness 7. Lip conditioner (when needed)
Oily skin with a dry surface is a condition that's created when the skin is stripped due to overly drying products. Often times, someone with oily skin doesn't want to moisturize because they associate this with adding more oil to the skin. An oil-free moisturizer is designed to add water - not oil - to the skin. This is an important step that alleviates surface dehydration; this drink of water for your skin will help reduce the amount of oil production. During the winter months, you might have to switch your clay mask to a gel mask or switch your oil-free moisturizer to a regular lotion.