“My face is shiny and this has become a real problem. Whatever I do ─ masks, tonics, special washing gels ─ nothing helps. In the morning, when I use powder, everything is fine for an hour and a half, but then I start to shine. Is there any remedy to help you cope? I don't want to completely change the system - except for the brilliance, it completely suits me"
Anastasia (27 years old)
The cosmetologist's answer:
Oily sheen can appear as a result of various conditions, including as a result of improper care. Sometimes it's just a consequence of oily skin. In this case, it is the excess sebum that is the source of shine and the feeling of "stale". In such a case, the treatment should combine the regulation of sebum production and the absorption of excess sebum and hydration. Cleansing should be gentle but thorough and done twice a day. More frequent washing dries out the skin, leading to a compensatory increase in oil content, therefore, if necessary, you need to refresh the skin during the day using matting wipes. 2-3 times a week, absorbent masks based on white clay or charcoal are required: these components help to free the pores from impurities and remove excess sebum. However, you should not abuse it either: clay does not care what to absorb, and it draws not only sebum from the skin, but also moisture. Thus, the treatment should contain a complex of sebum-regulating (zinc, copper, capryloyl glycine), moisturizing (glycerin and hyaluronic acid) and matting agents (kaolin, talc, perlite). If one thing prevails,the skin will periodically suffer from dehydration or excessive oiliness.
Thermal water, preferably with a medium or high level of mineralization, should be an obligatory attribute of oily skin care: it promotes matting of the skin, while regulating the level of moisture.
A couple of times a week or a little less often, depending on the sensitivity of the skin, you need to carry out peeling or deep cleansing procedures for high-quality pore cleansing. But “scrubbing” your face with abrasive scrubs is dangerous - lotions or masks with keratolytic components or gommages based on acids and synthetic garnulas are much better tolerated and do not cause a “splash” of fat content after use.
In general, excessive care can lead to the fact that even not too oily skin can begin to shine.
Over-cleaning and the use of powerful alcohol formulations can cause the skin's hydrolipid mantle to be disrupted. The sebaceous glands will begin to secrete as much sebum as possible, trying to compensate for the lipid layer and "clog" the remaining moisture in the tissues. As a result, the face begins to shine even more than usual. A vicious circle arises when the face dries and gets oily at the same time. It can only be broken by the understanding that the skin produces sebum in order to compensate for the lack of moisture, and the use of powerful moisturizing treatments. It is also dangerous to try to neutralize the oily sheen with products for problem skin if the acne is not really there. Such intensive care is guaranteed to dry out the epidermis, but it will not fix the problem.
Serums or masks with a light texture based on hyaluronic acid, algae extracts or aloe (and no products with a high alcohol content) will work.
Another common cause of oily sheen is high humidity and heat, when it is not sebum that actually glistens on the skin, but sweat (this also happens in winter - in stuffy heated rooms). The way out of the situation will be matting wipes or light creams based on perlite. If matting agents do not help, and the face is suspiciously tightening after washing, you need to connect moisturizing treatments without oil - with a high probability, the skin condition will improve.
Eliseeva Elena - dermatologist
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