1.) Minimize washing your face
Washing your face often causes your skin to dry out and consequently will lead to the overproduction of oil- this is not good!
Fight the oil without over-washing: Use these tricks to eliminate excess oil!
- Apply a mattefying powder to absorb the oil sitting on the surface of your skin.
- Use an oil absorption sheet to remove excess oil – but remember not to overdo it as this can also cause your skin to think it’s being dried out!
Traditional thinking has told us to REMOVE all the oil from our skin BUT this method worsens acne. Our skin will compensate by producing MORE oil when it receives mixed messaged from different cleansers. Be gentle with your skin and maintain a routine that will regulate your skins productions of oil. This will help prevent unexpected blemishes.
Use a moisturizing cleanser
- Use a cleaner with a moisturizer – like Dove – once in the morning and once at night. This type of cleanser will hydrate while it removes oil. This way you avoid that dryness that could lead to excessive oil production.
3.) Skip the harsh products and opt-in for a deep cleansing facial mask
- Occasional use of products with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to combat large blemishes is OK but these products dry out your skin, can make it overly sensitive, and increase oil productions (I know, I sound like a broken record).
- I recommend using a Kiehl’s Rare Earth Face Mask. The mask is made up of Amazonian white clay to gently draw out oil, dirt and toxins that can clog pores. The addition of Oatmeal and Aloe Vera will help soothe, hydrate and protect sensitive skin. It is a lifesaver! I apply a dab of the mask to a pimple overnight and by morning it’s gone or significantly smaller!
4.) Clean your brushes!
- Areas with moisture are often breading grounds for bacteria. Makeup brushes hold moisture and pick up a lot of oil. Try and clean your brushes every 2 weeks with shampoo and water. Be gentle while cleaning and let them air dry.
5.) Cut back on the Vitamin D!
- New research from UCLA has found that Vitamin D can alter facial bacteria and increase acne!
“Vitamin B12 tweaks how genes behave in the facial bacteria of some people who normally enjoy clear skin. The activity changes of the facial bacteria promote inflammation and lead to pimples.”– Science Daily
If you have tried other ways to help eliminate acne but haven’t had any luck you can try eliminating Vitamin D to see if it helps.
Here is a list of foods that are high in Vitamin D:
- Oily Fish
- Whole grain cereals
- Dairy products
Let me know what works best for you in the comments section below!