You wake up and your skin is oily – you hate it – what to do?
1) Do not use hot water and detergent cleanser (and definitely NOT that oily-skin-cleanser or acne-skin-cleanser). If you do, the initial feeling of squeaky-clean, non-oily skin will be replaced with very oily skin again within 2 hours….because that’s just the way the skin works… So, just splash the face with cool water and for most people that is enough. Do not stick your face into the steaming hot shower water (which is of course bad for the skin on the rest of your body ) Use your gentle cleanser only at night. Type 4 teenage acne sufferers may cleanse in the morning and evening with a truly gentle cleanser (no detergents, no hot water)… If you have sensitive AND oily skin – you DEFINITELY CANNOT use hot water and detergent cleansers… See the Extreme + Sensitive cleanser as well as Skin Tips for Sensitive Skin.
2. Do not apply moisturizer all over – just where you need it, and apply less in the morning than you apply at night. See the video moisturize: yes or no.
3. Use a mineral sunscreen – not a moisturizer/sunscreen combination. Saving time by using a 2-in-1 product will just make you oily again.
You will be less oily during the day – but if you are a big-time-oil-producer…so get used to the idea of some oil, but not lots of oil. Blotting excess oil with tissues is fine.
By the by, it’s commonly called ‘oil’ but it’s not oil – the sebaceous secretions are actually a fat. See the video how the skin works.
Why does the skin feel extra oily on a hot day?
Because fat will change its viscosity in heat. Think of butter – it is a solid fat, but will melt in heat and appear runny – like ‘oil’ – but it is just melted/runny fat! You are not producing more oil on a hot day. It just feels that way. Blot excess oil with tissues.
Oily skin is not gross, it is part of the wonderfully intricate engineering of the human body. Like it or not, that is the way your skin works. If you resist the temptation to try and stop it from functioning naturally (as per the marketing hype and lies of the skin care product industry), it will settle down and just be ‘normal’. Normal refers to what is normal for you – not what is normal for someone else. So there is no general definition of normal skin….it is a stupid marketing term that you should delete from your memory!