Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Myths About Oily Skin

As you may have read in previous posts, I have extremely oily skin. It has been one of my burdens for fourteen years,and i've only just accepted it as something that is part of me and it will never go away. 

I was seven years old when my oily skin broke out. At the time I didn't take much notice (What did I know about skin at seven?). I just washed my hair more often. It wasn't until I was thirteen when I took real notice. This was also around the same time I started to wear makeup everyday (which didn't help). I was absolutely clueless on skincare and makeup. I didn't even have a computer and even if I did, Google as we know it now, didn't exist! All I had was teen magazines and even then advice about skincare and oily skin was limited. All I heard was to use this and that, which would strip the oils right out, only to make it worse and sometimes dry my face out completely. 

I wish I had someone to talk to, who knew and understood oily skin and could have helped me out. So this is a series I will be posting once a week, to help those of you who, like me, suffer from oiliness. So, without further ado... 

Enjoy x

There are loads of myths about oily skin out there. Here are four facts to further your understanding of how to really keep oil under control. Lets debunk those myths!

MYTH 1: Oil can be controlled by stripping skin with harsh, drying ingredients such as alcohol.
This is so false. Like I mentioned above, stripping the skin of oil can actually make your skin over produce oil. How come? Because your skin will then try an replace the oil that has gone and then makeup what's lost!  If you do use alcohol-based products this will also cause your skin to dehydrate, become irritated and sensitive. 

MYTH 2: Sunscreens and moisturisers increase oil production.
Another false one. There are sophisticated products out there that won't clog up your pores, and even contain oil-absorbing microsponges for the ultimate in sun protection and skin care benefits. Dermalogica, ESPA and Elemis are just to name a few, go and have a chat with your local beauty therapist. 

MYTH 3: A little sun exposure is ideal for drying up skin.
False: I remember reading this in the advice section of a magazine and even I knew that it seemed wrong. Sun exposure is never good for skin. while it does give a temporary 'drying' effect. Your sebaceous glands will speed into overdrive to help replace lost oil and give you even more!

MYTH 4: There's nothing that can be done to help control oily skin.
Definitely false. Don't give up! Having oily skin is just as manageable as any skin condition. I did it the hard way and dried my skin out. I've used all sorts of products and it wasn't until I became a fully qualified  beauty therapist to really understand my skin and to use the right products. 
Go and speak to a professional skin therapist who can analyse your skin, then provide a real proper diagnosis, which will include a regimen of products and lifestyle changes to keep oily skin under control.  

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and if you suffer from oily skin, I hope I've helped. If you do have any questions then please comment below?

Jenni xo

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