A Simple Skin-Care Routine for Oily Skin
In our new series, Derm Appointment Tagalong, we join our editors on a trip to visit top New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman. In this episode with Brittni Rhoden, Senior Office Coordinator for POPSUGAR, we tackle how to find a simple skin-care routine for oily skin.
Having an oily skin type can be challenging. Whether your excess shine is primarily on your T-zone or all over your face, it can be hard to find an adequate skin-care routine that works to keep your oil production controlled without over-drying your skin. If the continuous trial-and-error process has left you feeling overwhelmed and with a 10-step skin-care routine that takes way too much time, don’t worry. With help from board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant Dendy Engelman, M.D., we’re sharing a simple daytime and nighttime routine for oily skin.
What Causes Oily Skin?
One of the main causes of oily skin is genetics, says Dr. Engleman. “Oily skin types tend to have a higher density of sebaceous glands, which are the oil glands in the skin, and they are doing a great job of producing sebum, which is the oil in our skin.” Sebum production is a natural way that our skin stays hydrated while keeping potential aggressors out and the good things in.
A Skin-Care Routine for Oily Skin During the Daytime
STEP #1: Use a Gentle Cleanser
Many people with oily skin tend to use harsh cleansers and exfoliators in hopes that it’ll scrub off all the excess oil. Dr. Engelman explains, however, that this can disrupt our microbiome, which is a series of microorganisms that naturally live on the skin and that we need to keep it healthy. Harshly scrubbing off those microorganisms can lead to more breakouts, infections, redness and irritations. So opt for a mild formula, like the SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser because it gives a deep clean without stripping the skin.
STEP #2: Follow Up With a Glycolic Acid Toner
Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy-acid (AHA) that is used to gently exfoliate the skin, making it a must-have ingredient when choosing a toner. Dr. Engelman adds that it also helps with clogged pores and dull skin thanks to the exfoliation. Trying using the Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner, which helps to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines for a smoother and brighter-looking skin.
STEP #3: Try a Gel Moisturizer
If you have oily skin, Dr. Engelman recommends switching your moisturizer from a cream base to a gel. Sometimes creamy moisturizers can contribute to excess oil production, while gel formulas are light, hydrating and will plump the skin without clogging your pores or causing additional oil. She recommends using the SkinCeuticals B5 Hydrating Gel in the morning and evening.
STEP #4: Use an Eye Cream
Consider using an eye cream formulated with caffeine as they are vasoconstrictive, meaning they help depuff the skin and reduce the look of dark circles by constricting red blood vessels. The Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream is a great choice for targeting puffiness and wrinkles.
STEP #5: Don’t Forget the SPF
Before you walk out of the door, don’t forget to slather on some SPF. Get all the protection you need with the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen for Face and Body SPF 100. The lightweight formula is suitable for all skin types and leaves your skin feeling hydrated and protected from harmful UV radiation.
A Skin-Care Routine for Oily Skin During the Nighttime
STEP #1: Use a Gentle Cleanser
Washing your face at night is just as important, if not more important than it is in the morning. Get rid of any makeup, dirt, impurities and, of course, excess oil that has accumulated after a long day. But, you guessed it, make sure it’s a gentle formula.
STEP #2: Reach for a Retinol
Dr. Engelman explains that adding a retinol to your routine can help open up the pores, minimize the sebaceous output from your oil glands, improve skin texture, even out the skin tone and overall help improve the quality of your skin. If you’re a new user to retinol, she recommends trying the SkinCeuticals 0.5 Retinol, which is a low dosage that won’t dry out your skin and will help you adjust to the new ingredient. Retinol can cause skin sensitivity to the sunlight, which is why it’s recommended to be used only during your nighttime routine.
STEP #3: Gel Moisturizer
And last but not certainly not least, seal it all in with a layer of hydration using the SkinCeuticals B5 Hydrating Gel.
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