Oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands in the skin make too much sebum. Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that protects and hydrates the skin.
Sebum is vital for keeping the skin healthy. However, too much sebum can lead to oily skin, clogged pores, and acne. Managing oily skin often requires a person making regular skincare a habit.
In this article, we talk about six ways in which a person can reduce the symptoms of skin without prescription-strength drugs.
1. Wash regularly
Washing with warm water and a gentle soap can reduce the amount of oil on the skin.
Washing regularly can reduce the amount of oil on the skin. The following methods are recommended for washing skin:
- Wash with gentle soap and warm water.
- Avoid soaps with fragrances, added moisturizers, or harsh chemicals, which can irritate or dry out the skin, making it respond by creating more sebum.
- Avoid loofahs and rough washcloths, as added friction may stimulate the skin to make more oil.
If this is not effective, some medicated acne care products may help. These products contain acids that can tackle oily skin, such as:
- salicylic acid
- glycolic acid
- beta-hydroxy acid
- benzoyl peroxide
These acids may be irritating to some skin types. When starting a new product, use it on a small area of skin first to see how the body reacts.
Choosing the right facial cleansers may work well for some people. A 2015 study found that a mild facial cleanser made with sodium Laureth carboxylate and alkyl carboxylates was effective for tackling moderate facial acne, although it increased sebum production in some areas of the face.
For many people who simply have skin and not acne vulgaris, fragrance-free glycerin soap and hot water may do the trick.