Why Your Oily Skin May Actually be Caused by Dehydration
Do you need oil absorbing sheets to get through the day? Do you find yourself frequently touching up your t-zone? Is powder foundation your go-to because it absorbs oil?
The sebaceous glands on your face may be producing too much oil.
But if you wash your face regularly and skip moisturizers, you may think you’re doing everything you can to combat oily skin. So why does your skin get oily so quickly?
Here is why you may have oily dehydrated skin.
What Causes Dry and Oily Skin?
The sebaceous glands on your face are responsible for producing the sebum that moisturizes and protects your skin. But you may have noticed too much sebum can be a bad thing. The overproduction can lead to a shiny complexion and acne.
Using harsh cleansers or washing your face too often with hot water will cause your sebaceous glands to overproduce oil to compensate for the natural oils you’ve scrubbed off. This can create an excess of oil hours after you’ve cleansed your face.
How to Wash Your Face
Wash your face twice per day with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water. Alcohol-based cleansers and hot water can strip your skin of the natural oils you need to keep your skin hydrated.
As soon as you’re done cleansing, add a toner and finish up with a moisturizer. Add the moisturizer before the water evaporates off your skin and it will trap the water, keeping you hydrated.
Correcting Oily Dehydrated Skin with Serums
Even if your skin is difficult to work with, there are some topical creams you can use to correct your dry skin.
Using a vitamin C serum every day can add much-needed hydration to your skin. Vitamin C will remove excess dead skin cells, allowing the hydration the serum provides to penetrate deeper into your skin.
Even if you have oily skin, you should add a moisturizer to your skincare routine. Your face may seem really oily for a while, but it will adjust and your glands will reduce their oil production.
Switching Up Your Diet
You are what you eat, so if you frequent fast food joints often, your skin will show it. Diets high in dairy and sugar also contribute to the overproduction of oil.
Instead, eat fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and zinc. These three things will hydrate and repair your skin while preventing the production of excess oil.
Try adding foods that hydrate skin to your diet.
On Your Way to Healthy Skin
It may take some trial and error to figure out what works best with your oily dehydrated skin, but the bottom line is you need to stick with a cleansing, toning, and hydrating routine and adjust your diet to include things that will promote hydrating and healing.
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