Oily skin secretes excess sebum produced in the mammary glands from the skin’s deeper layer to its outer layer through hair follicles. In combination with excess sebum secreted from overactive mammary glands, enlarged pores, pimples and comedones (blackheads) make skin look oily and shiny.
How can skin be kept clean, healthy and pimple-free?
Rule #1: Cleansing. Foundation hides blemishes, but it can also trap radicals. Cleanse the face twice a day and after physical activity. Use a gentle cleanser with a balanced pH of 5.5. Follow with facial toner to seal pores and to gently peel the skin for deeper, more thorough cleansing.
Do not pop pimples: Popping pimples may be tempting, but this bad habit should be avoided. It can cause infection and scarring and can lead to new pimples.
Nipping it in the bud: The key to prevention is early treatment. Regular, daily use of products specially formulated for oily skin and oil-free products balances excess oil secretion and preserves the skin’s natural level of moisture.
Relaxation: While easier said than done, try to stay calm. Stress hormones increase oil production, which can lead to clogged pores and pimples. Any relaxing activity like yoga or a hot shower can help minimize acne.
Choose dermocosmetics: Dermocosmetics are mostly based on plant extracts to regulate sebum secretion. These anti-inflammatory, antibacterial ingredients help open blocked hair follicles that cause pimples.
Protect your skin from the sun: Some acne treatments cause hypersensitivity to the sun and can cause and exacerbate sunspots or pimples. Avoid direct sun exposure and use sunscreen specially formulated for oily skin.