How to treat oily and dehydrated skin?
Oily and dehydrated skin is fragile skin. Here are all our tips for treating dehydration, while regulating sebum and preserving the balance of the epidermis.
WHAT IS OILY SKIN?
Oily skin is generally less fragile than dry or sensitive skin. Very easy to identify, they are characterized by an excessive production of sebum. However, because they are misunderstood, oily skin can be weakened by the use of overly aggressive skin care products and become dehydrated. They produce even more sebum to protect themselves, which fuels a vicious circle.
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF OILY SKIN
Oily skin presents a disturbance of the lipidic film and the sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. Depending on the specificities of each skin, the phenomenon can lead to a dilation of the pores, sometimes very marked, as well as a shine phenomenon. Shine is mainly located on the T-zone of the face, i.e. the forehead, nose and chin. Why is this? Because the hair follicles through which sebum flows are concentrated mainly on this median part of the face.
THE CAUSES OF DILATED PORES
Sebum is inseparable from oily skin, even though it is secreted by all skin types, normally in smaller quantities. It helps to balance the skin and give it suppleness.
Sebum also ensures the proper functioning of the skin, because the skin has several roles to play:
- It regulates body temperature through perspiration.
- It protects our bodies from external aggression.
- It eliminates certain wastes such as toxins.
So getting rid of the sebum is a bad idea.
OILY SKIN AND BLEMISHES
In addition to having this unappreciated shiny effect, oily skin is prone to imperfections. Excessive sebum production can clog the pores of the skin. The skin does not breathe and retains its toxins. Blemishes appear. Here are a few examples:
- Open microcysts, or blackheads...
- Closed microcysts
- Dilation of the pores
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF OILY SKIN
Oily skin is not necessarily only oily. It is accompanied by other characteristics, specific to each skin, which must be identified in order to give it the right care. Here are the different types of oily skin:
- Classic oily skin tends to shine. It is prone to occasional imperfections but is easily maintained with a good beauty routine and a cream for oily skin.
- Sensitive and reactive oily skin, therefore fragile skin. It can be so naturally. This condition can also be caused by the use of unsuitable and aggressive skin care products. This type of skin develops acne more easily.
- Dehydrated oily skin, which is weakened skin. It can no longer play its role in retaining water. It is characterized by tightness because it lacks moisture.
Dehydrated oily skin is sometimes confused with combination skin, both oily and dry. Combination skin is often oily on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and dry on the cheeks .
RECOGNIZE A DEHYDRATED OILY SKIN
Oily skin can therefore be dehydrated skin. Because we tend to be stubborn with sebum, oily and dehydrated skin is difficult to recognize and therefore difficult to treat. When skin is dehydrated, it causes discomfort and tightness. These tightnesses are very present immediately after cleansing.
It is not uncommon to see small streaks on dehydrated skin because it lacks water. These streaks appear on the eyes and lips. Even on oily skin, dry patches may appear, especially on the cheeks. Fine lines become more present and more marked, the skin loses its suppleness and the complexion becomes blurred. It is uneven and less luminous. Finally, imperfections may appear even on dehydrated oily skin.
DEHYDRATED SKIN: THE CAUSES
Even though it is oily, dehydrated skin is skin that lacks water, not fat. Of course, it is necessary to moisturize the epidermis with a cream for oily skin, but it is also important to identify the causes of this inconvenience.
Here are some factors that can explain dehydration.
- Environmental factors such as pollution
- Lack of sleep
- Poor nutrition, lack of hydration...
- Emotional factors
- The daily application of chemical cosmetic products
- Very often, the use of overly aggressive treatments
Identifying the causes of skin imbalance allows for better treatment and a quick return to balanced skin and a fresh complexion.
TREAT DEHYDRATED OILY SKIN
Do you have oily, dehydrated skin? You need to react and adopt a new beauty routine. Start by changing your skin care products that are not adapted to the current state of your skin. Of course, hydration is at the heart of this routine.
- In the morning
In the morning, it is recommended to cleanse your face with an organic facial cleanser. Prefer natural and gentle formulas. Afterwards, you can spray a little flower and/or fruit water, enriched with rose water. This step will allow you to gently cleanse the epidermis and eliminate toxins released during the night as well as make-up particles. The skin should then be moisturized with an organic moisturizing cream or an emulsion rich in minerals. Jellies are particularly recommended if you have dehydrated skin. Often water-based, they concentrate more active ingredients. Aloe vera gel is also a very good option because it respects the skin's balance and will deeply moisturize it.
- In the evening
In the evening, it is obviously necessary to remove your skin make-up. This step is unavoidable because it allows you to cleanse your skin deeply. Of course, you should opt for a gentle and above all non-abrasive product, such as an organic make-up remover oil. Once your skin is dry, you can apply a cream for oily skin or a moisturizing serum.
Once a week, you can also apply a moisturizing mask, such as the White Mask Soufflé, to care for and moisturize your skin. On the other hand, reduce the frequency of exfoliation. Even a gentle exfoliation can be aggressive!
Finally, know that if you need to address your oily and dehydrated skin with the right care, you also need to moisturize from the inside out. Every day, drink enough water (1.5 litres). This habit is essential throughout the year, because changes in temperature affect our skin on a daily basis.
MISTAKES TO AVOID WITH DEHYDRATED OILY SKIN
It is essential to choose your care carefully. If you have oily skin, even if it is dehydrated, a care for dry skin will not be appropriate. Too rich, it will accentuate the shine of your skin and multiply the risk of imperfections. Avoid treatments that contain alcohol! They weaken dehydrated skin too much and lead to an overproduction of sebum. Anti-acne treatments should not be used on dehydrated oily skin. Indeed, their active ingredients that reduce imperfections are responsible for drying out the skin.
Taking care of oily and dehydrated skin is important because this skin is fragile. Thanks to an adapted beauty routine and skin-friendly care, you will quickly regain clear skin and a radiant complexion.
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Article written by : Aline Foulet
Founder of the cosmetic brand Bio Akane Skincare