Especially in tropical climate in Singapore where weather is constantly humid, oily skin condition seems to be a common problem faced by many Singaporeans as mentioned by Dr Chee Yew Wen (Dr Chee).
What Causes Oily Skin?
Oily skin is usually caused by the production of excess skin oil and lead to an appearance of oily or greasy face. People with oilier skin also tend to suffer from acne issues or problems which can be frustrating as compared to those with normal skin or dry skin.
How Can I Treat Oily Skin?
Firstly, Dr Chee recommends using an oil-control facial cleanser to reduce sebum, dirt and oil from the pores. While you want to rid your skin of the excess oil, it is important to note that using a gentle and mild oil-control face cleanser is important as over-drying your skin may lead to an increase of oil production.
While it may be tempting to clean your face more than required, over-cleansing leads to irritation or excessive dryness and increase your symptoms of acne alongside oily skin. Using a light and non-comedogenic facial moisturiser after cleansing your face instead of overly heavy or greasy moisturiser is crucial in reducing blemishes and clearing clogged pores.
Does Heavy Make Up Cause Oily Skin?
It depends. If you are one who like to pile on heavy cosmetics like face powder and foundations, it is important and crucial to cleanse your face properly. Pore-clogging ingredients are commonly found in cosmetics therefore double cleansing with a make-up remover follower by facial cleanser make sure your skin and pores are thoroughly cleaned and free of dirt.
The humidity in Singapore causes excess oil secretion and in this case, blotting papers commonly found in drugstores or cosmetic counters can absorb excess oil which keep your face shine and grease-free in such situation. Frequent gentle exfoliation on the skin is also a good way to get rid of dead skin cells that build up over the time clogged pores.
Does Menstrual Cycles Cause Oily Skin?
For females, menstrual cycle is also one of the common causes of oily skin. The monthly cycle that every woman will face is also a reason why you get an oilier complexion and enlarged pores. Why is that so?
When the time of the month is here, female hormones fluctuates which causes excess production of oil and dead skill cells. This is the time when skin is more prone to acne breakouts. Your hormones also tend to be more ‘male-dominated’ due to an increase level of progesterone and estrogen which stimulates sebum production.
How to Prevent Oily Skin?
A healthy and well-balanced diet also plays a huge part in achieving healthy radiant skin. All of us crave for a sugary or salty snack once in a while. However, do you know that excess consumption of such food leads to excess oil and sebum production?
Processed or fried food like potato chips and cookies, food high in levels of sugar content like baked goods, as well as red meat high in fats all lead to excess oil production. Instead of the previous food mentioned, by replacing your diet with food high in nutrition and vitamins can actually control your oily and greasy complexion.
Consuming food high in fibers like leafy green vegetables and brown rice help to flush out toxins from your system. Hydrating your body well by drinking water regularly can also flush out toxins and boost your metabolism. If you’re craving for sugar, why not turn to fresh fruits like apples and oranges which are commonly found in our local supermarket as they contain natural sugars and vitamins at the same time.
Should I See A Doctor about My Skin?
Seeking help from dermatologist or aesthetic doctor is another way to control your oily skin problem. Dr Chee suggested that there are various non-invasive aesthetic treatments available in the market now which are very effective in treating oily skin problems as laser can help to resolve enlarged pores, hyper-pigmentations and even acne scarring.
Aesthetics Treatments Available
Some common treatments are Carbon Laser Peel, Chemical Peels, Dual Yellow Laser and Micro dermabrasion which improves oily and acne-prone skin. All treatments mentioned are non-invasive and has almost no downtime. Treatments can be done within 30 minutes which is an ideal quick fix for the skin during lunch time on weekdays as you are able to resume your work and daily activities immediately right after treatment.
While some may experience slight redness after the procedure, the redness that surfaced on the skin will usually go away within an hour or two. It is also recommended to apply a hydrating mask before you sleep to keep your skin moisturized and well hydrated as laser treatments can sometimes dry out the skin slightly.