I have really oily skin and regularly break
out as a result. Any advice? - Anonymous via. email
Firstly, I would suggest only washing your face twice a day: morning and night. Some people think that they are helping by washing their skin on a more regular basis in order to reduce the oil and sebum production. In fact, keep washing off the oil on your skin would just trigger your body to create more, therefore resulting in more break outs. Also, make sure you are washing off make up at night. Products left on the skin, including natural oils, before sleeping will sink into pores and block them, therefore creating spots. I’d suggest using a face wash specifically for oily, spot prone skin such as Clearasil, Clean and Clear, Neutrogena or Proactiv products on a higher budget.
It may seem obvious, but some people don’t even acknowledge this one: use oil free make up and products, especially things like foundation. You don’t want to keep adding more oil to the skin. Not only this, but if your skin is oily when applying a make up base, it will simply slide off during the day. I like to use mineral based products as they are natural and shouldn’t cause you to break out.
Medicated and topical creams for acne and spots are a good move. I use Clean and Clear Fast Clearing Spot Treatment before bed which will dry out spots by the morning, but remember: constant use of such products may leave your skin feeling dry, so use a good moisturiser.
In terms of lifestyle, try eating more healthily if you can, adding more vegetables and fruits to your diet. Antioxidants in foods are great for the skin, as well as drinking plenty of water.
If all else fails, don’t be scared to take a trip to your GP if it really bothers you! It could be something like a hormonal imbalance.