Harsh ingredients upset oily, combination skin types, stripping the barrier of its all-important lipids.
When our skin becomes undermined the delicate protective flora that makes up the acid mantle deplete, yet this good bacteria is vital for skin health, so it is important that we avoid the use of astringent products because they can do more harm than good, drying out the skin and causing inflammation.
So join us, as we look at oily skin remedies that many commercial skincare products claim to provide.
Oily skin is tricky to treat, simply because there are so many conditions going on within the skin from pimples, papules, and pustules to inflammation and daily shine.
Pores are the opening of hair follicles, when sebaceous glands are overactive it creates to much oil on the surface of the skin, creating the appearance of large pores.
These pores are usually more apparent on the nose, cheeks, and chin, where there is a greater concentration of oil glands, which is also indicative of a combination skin type.
If your skin is too oily, don’t get in the bad habit of over-washing, this article tells you why.
The myth behind commercial oily skin remedies
There is a lot of misinformation about skincare products, many manufacturers would have you believe their formulas for oily, combination skin will permanently shrink pores, sadly these are just clever marketing claims; there are no instant oily skin remedies that permanently shrink them, in fact large pores are usually genetic or stretch with age, so no amount of product will change them, no matter what a friendly sales assistant tries to tell you,
Ingredients such as Acetone and Alcohol will help to remove excess oil from the skin’s surface, and this does have a temporary tightening and cooling effect on the skin, but in reality, what is really happening is that the formula is acting as a skin irritant, causing inflammation and swelling around the pore making it appear smaller, once this inflammation subsides the pores do return to their normal size.
Despite the huge amount of information I have studied on skincare over the years on this subject, I have yet to personally find one shred of scientific evidence that backs up the claim, that pores on the surface of the skin can be reduced, a subject I discuss in greater detail here.
What’s more, if you decide to treat your skin with harsh astringents, this initially will give the impression that your skin is oil-free, but sadly this is only temporary, in reality, what will happen is that your skin will start to overproduce oil.
So the best oily skin remedies are to avoid using strong, harsh skincare products, instead, opt for pure active ingredients that gently block the flow of oil.
The naked truth
For instance, you could switch out your harsh toner for something more gentle, one that contains natural hydrosols such as Witch Hazel which has a temporary tightening and toning effect on the pores, that is gentle to your skin and won’t cause long term underlying sensitivity.