Oily skin can lead to both shine and pimples. These aren’t unsolvable problems, however. People with oily skin have a higher risk of developing pimples, which can really hurt their self-esteem when combined with the greasy shine caused by the same issue.
But it’s not all bad news. The oil helps retain skin elasticity, delaying the onset of wrinkles. Pimples and shine can be beaten, so don’t give up hope!
The excess oil on your skin can block your pores, leading to those unsightly pimple breakouts. The easiest way to prevent this is by washing your face often, preferably with a cleanser designed specifically for use with oily skin.
Everyone is different, so how often your face should be washed depends on you. Once in the morning and once at night is usually a good schedule. Don’t wash too often, especially if you’re around air conditioners all day, or you’ll dry out your skin, which might sound like a good idea but can lead to other problems.
Sweat dries out your face, too, so be sure to wash after you’re done exercising. If you end up washing your face three or more times a day, use a gentle cleanser. The usage of harsh cleansers that often, can damage your skin.
One of the easiest ways to combat the shine that rides hand-in-hand with oily skin is to splash water and then gently towel dry your face when it begins to look oily. If your day is too busy, or you don’t have access to a sink, try using a facial tissue to absorb the excess oil.
If you don’t think, wiping your face helps enough, now’s the time to break out the compact powder. Blend it well with your skin, keeping the layer of powder relatively light. Don’t cake it on or you’ll add the illusion of years to your face. If more pimples start to form after using your powder, discontinue using it. It’s time to switch brands, so pick a new powder after a couple of weeks.
Don’t leave the powder on all day, either. It’s best to wash your face as soon as you get home. If you discover your compact powder is older than you thought, don’t use it! This could lead to harsher breakouts or problems that are even more serious.
Look for oil-free makeups and moisturizers, though you may want to hold off on the moisturizer until your pimples clear up.