8 July 2016
Male skincare – how to control oily skin
Men’s skin is usually oilier than women’s – mainly on account of testosterone stimulating their sebaceous glands. But it’s not all bad news for those who want to take control of the extra moisture. The male grooming industry is booming, meaning there are more skincare solutions than ever for the modern man.
Here are some top tips for managing your oily skin.
- Avoid over-washing
It can be tempting to cleanse more often to decrease oil production – but actually, doing this can make the problem worse. That’s because washing your face too much can lead to dryness, which sends a signal to your sebaceous glands to produce more oil to combat the effects – and the cycle continues.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash at all. Instead of using your shower gel to cleanse your face, invest in a face wash designed specifically to combat oily skin. This will help to cut through the grease and leave your face feeling clean, without drying it out.
- Establish a skincare routine – and stick to it!
Unfortunately, a face wash alone is not enough to keep oily skin at bay. That’s why it’s really important to get to grips with a skincare routine that’s right for you. Exfoliating your skin regularly with a facial brush may seem over the top at first – but trust us, it’ll slough away dead skin cells leaving you with great-looking skin. It’ll also help to prevent ingrown hairs from shaving – win-win!
Skin Peels can also help to balance the pH of your skin, leaving it looking fresh without stripping it of its natural oils. You can make one yourself at home using lemon juice and water.
Simply squeeze half a lemon and mix with the same amount of water then use a cotton wool pad to swipe across your face before rinsing.
- Don’t forget to moisturise
It sounds strange that moisturising is still a key part of a skincare regime for oily skin. Look for products that don’t contain any oil and instead work by absorbing excess grease. Pore-reducing formulas can lead to a decrease in oil production over time, preventing clogged pores and unwanted blemishes. Apply daily for best results.
- Keep your devices clean
While skincare is important, it’s also a good idea to make sure your smartphone is clean. Touchscreen phones harbour grease and bacteria from our hands, which easily gets transferred to your face during a phone call. Clean yours daily with an antibacterial wipe.
Finally, refrain from touching your face too often as the oil from your fingers can contribute to breakouts.
Calling all men: What’s your best tip for dealing with oily skin? Let us know on Twitter.
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