Even if your skin is naturally oily, the summer months may turn it into an oil slick. Your skin’s sebaceous glands may produce more oil as a result of higher humidity levels in the air.

Oily skin can be caused by an excess of sebum, which includes lipids and fats that help protect your skin from drying and environmental stresses.

However, these are some ways you can effectively manage your oily skin. Read on.

How To Take Care Of Your Oily Skin

1. Deep cleanse your skin

Managing oily skin is all about double-cleansing. This is because dirt and excess oil can lead to clogging of the pores and even acne. Switching to an acne-fighting cleanser will keep your skin appearing smooth and acne-free, even if you don’t usually break out. Choose a product with 2% salicylic acid, which helps break down excess oil in the pores without drying out the skin.

2. Always wear a sunscreen

If you are already dealing with oily skin, you probably don’t want anything that would leave you with shiny skin. While some sunscreens could clog pores, The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) recommends using a non-comedogenic, oil-free sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and high SPF to reduce sunburn.

3. Tone down your makeup

While you might want to try the latest makeup looks, but to manage your oily skin better, you would have to tone down on heavy makeup. Too much makeup can clog pores and cause your skin to overproduce oil. Also use oil-free and mattifying makeup and skincare products if you must. But remember, less is more.

4. Stay away from alcoholic drinks and spicy foods

Drinking a lot of alcoholic beverages and consuming a lot of spicy meals and drinks might have a negative impact on your skin. As a result, you’ll start to feel hotter and sweat more. A buildup of sweat on your skin can lead to blocked pores if left unchecked for an extended period. Eat healthy and drink lots of water.

5. Take the time to exfoliate

If you have oily skin, exfoliating often is essential to your skincare regimen. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, preventing pores from becoming clogged and a dull complexion from developing. Gently exfoliate dead skin cells by using an exfoliating face mask. Face masks with anti-inflammatory components can help relieve irritated skin.

6. Use astringents in small amounts

If applied too regularly, astringent toners can dry out the face while also helping to eliminate excess oil. Use a natural astringent (such as witch hazel) as a toner only on days when your skin is very oily.

7. Don’t forget to use a moisturizer

Adding moisture to oily skin may seem odd, but maintaining skin hydration is essential for controlling oil production and preserving its natural balance. Moisturizers rich in cucumber juice and tea tree oil will help reduce the appearance of pores and leave you with smooth, non-shiny skin.

How do you deal with oily skin? Please share any advice you may have with the rest of us!