While some of us men have to deal with dry skin, others of us have the opposite problem: oily skin – specifically, an oily face. Excessive oil production can leave your face shiny and greasy, which is probably not the look you’re going for. Oily skin is also prone to acne breakouts, so it’s important you get this problem under control. To help manage facial oil levels and get you a less oily face, try out these men’s skincare tips.
1. Make skincare a daily habit. Chances are that your oily face is due in part to genetics, so you’ll have to maintain a consistent skincare routine to manage oily skin in the long term. The foundation for your skincare routine should always be a face wash. Washing your face daily with a liquid cleanser like MenScience Daily Face Wash can help control oil levels and prevent pimples. Of course, a face wash is just one part of your regimen. There are plenty of other MenScience products that can help your oily skin. For a sample facial skincare routine, check out “How to Use a Men’s Face Wash in a Men’s Skincare Routine.”
2. Use oil-free skincare products. Your face is already producing enough oil as it is, so don’t make it worse by using products that contain oil. This is especially true for your moisturizer. Oil and moisture are two different things – your oily skin still needs to be moisturized (just not as much). When using an oil-free moisturizer like MenScience Advanced Face Lotion, avoid the “T” zone; this area that includes your forehead and nose tends to be the oiliest part of your face. For more moisturizing advice, read “Men’s Face Moisturizer Tips.”
3. Take care of pimples by using benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. If you suffer from oily skin, then it’s likely you deal with acne pimples and breakouts on a regular basis. There are two acne-fighting ingredients you should be aware of: benzoyl peroxide and salicyclic acid; both are highly recommended by dermatologists and found in MenScience acne products. Acne Spot Repair and Acne Therapy Lotion contain potent concentrations of benzoyl peroxide to treat both individual pimples and larger breakouts. Advanced Acne Pads contain salicylic acid along with skin-soothing ingredients like tea tree extract to help you keep pores clear and maintain a clear complexion.
4. Have tissues handy. When you’re away from home and in a pinch, tissues can help soak up excess oil on your face; keep them at your desk or in your car in case of an oily skin emergency. When you’re at home, though, there’s nothing better than a face mask to help soak up oil and deep clean your skin. MenScience Facial Cleansing Mask combines green tea and clay to absorb impurities and leave your skin feeling refreshed. Using a face mask once a week can help get oil levels under control and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. For more tips on reducing pore size, check out “How to Minimize Large Pores in Men’s Skin.”
5. Avoid touching your skin. The dirt and oil debris that accumulates on your fingertips can rub off on your face if you constantly touch it. This makes your existing oil problem worse and increases your risk of acne breakouts. As tempting as it might be, keep your hands clear of your face. The same holds true for acne pimples. Touching and picking at your acne can leave behind a permanent scar if you’re unlucky. “Tips to Prevent Acne Scars” offers more advice on avoiding the development of acne scars.
6. Don’t overuse men’s skincare products. Using too much of a face wash or face scrub can actually dry out your face, which will make your pores produce even more oil to compensate. Always use skincare products as directed to avoid making your skin problems worse.