Health Tips For Men – How To Deal With Oily Skin

07 November 2016

To avoid skin problems, it is crucial that you create a daily skin care routine and invest some time and energy in making some basic lifestyle changes.

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Like a lot of guys, I have oily facial skin. I often cringe when I see photos of myself where it looks like a spotlight is shining on my forehead and nose! Having an oily skin also usually means that you struggle more with acne than other people typically do. However, with modern skin products for men, we don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of having oily skin anymore.
You don’t have to be a complete metrosexual to invest in your daily skin routine. And it’s no shame to admit that you put a bit of moisturizer on your face. In fact, one day when you’re in your seventies, you will be very grateful that you committed to a daily cleansing routine.
To get into a good facial cleansing routine, you first need to figure out what type of skin you have. Normal, oily, dry, combo. Once you’ve got that part figured out, you can purchase the correct products for your specific skin type.
If you struggle with an oily skin, your t-zone is generally affected the worst. This area consists of the forehead, nose, chin and area circling the mouth. An oily forehead means that if you have a fringe, your hair will start looking greasy quite quickly. And it could also affect how prone your skin is to breakouts, especially on your chin.
But on the bright side, your face will age a little bit slower than say someone with an extremely dry skin.

What can I do to deal with all the oiliness?

Firstly, it’s crucial that you have to create a daily skin care routine. Chances are you might have to blame your parents for the problem, an oily face is in part a genetics issue. So, unfortunately, you will probably not magically wake up one morning with perfect skin.
Don’t worry, your cleansing routine won’t have to include weird beauty products. You don’t have to walk around with a green mask unless you want to. All you need to start with is a good face wash. A good liquid cleanser will keep the oil levels under control and keep those nasty breakouts at bay.
As mentioned above, make sure that you purchase the correct type of products. You need oil-free products. You can’t just grab whatever you see on the store shelf, read the fine print. If you want to extend your daily routine one step further than just a basic face wash, this aspect will be especially important when selecting a moisturizer.
Tip: when applying moisturizer, don’t put too much on your t-zone.
When you have a breakout, you could just wait for the pimples to go away on their own, or you could treat your skin with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. These are potent products, so don’t overdo it. It might be safer to just purchase a special acne-fighting product, like acne pads, to deal with a breakout.
You should also consider finding a good face scrub, which you can use once or twice a week. But if you really don’t want to get in touch with your feminine side that much, look out for a face wash with a light exfoliator included for daily use.

Lifestyle alterations and old habits

You may need to invest some time and attention in altering your daily habits that are very easy to overlook. You'll be surprised how these small habits that seem insignificant are a huge factor in causing skin problems that surface every now and then.

1. Avoid Touching Your face

This one might seem very obvious, but don't touch your face too often. Studies show that on average we touch our face about 3.6 times per hour. And don’t even think about attacking those pimples! As tempting as it might be, you’ll only make it worse.
The problem with touching is that you obviously don’t wash your hands every time before you touch your face, so you’re transferring a scary amount of germs onto your skin.

2. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

When you are stressing, you will most likely have more breakouts. Your body releases certain hormones that speed up oil production. You could try daily relaxation techniques such as meditation or mindfulness when you start feeling stressed. Go for a massage, or schedule a weekend getaway to clear your mind.

3. Stick to a Healthy Diet

Your diet can also play a big role in how your skin reacts. Remember, your skin is your body’s biggest and most important organ. Stay away from refined grains, sugary sweets and saturated fats.
A few foods that you can indulge in – anything low in sugar, green leafy vegetables, oats, nuts and salmon. Together with sticking to a healthy diet, make sure you drink enough water every day. This help to keep your system nice and clean, countering the oil production.

4. Wash, rinse, repeat

The most important way to deal with oily skin is to stay consistent with your daily cleansing routine. You can also incorporate the other tips, such as diet adjustments, but your first line of defense will be a good face wash. So if you want to stick to the basics, at least consider investing in a good face wash.

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This article was written by Andries, from manomics.com. Manomics is a men’s lifestyle blog that focuses on men’s grooming, fitness and health.