Shiny patches, spots, and large conspicuous pores – oily skin can be a bit of a drag, especially when you need to look your best for an important meeting or a night out on the beers.
The culprit? Over-active sebaceous glands. With male hormone testosterone sending oil production into overdrive, it’s little wonder our skin is greasier than our lucky female counterparts’- or that sneaking a bit of your girlfriend’s skincare doesn’t really seem to do the job.Oily is the most common skin type by far, often worsened by the relentless scrubbing and washing it’s subjected to in a bid to banish the grease.
Of course, it’s imperative that you do keep your skin clean, but go for a mild facial wash twice a day and, combined with a couple of other simple tricks, that should be enough. Try to avoid products that contain SLS, as this is a known irritant and can strip the skin of the natural lipids it needs to protect itself from environmental stressors such as pollution.
When it comes to shaving, opt for a lighter gel formula like The Bluebeards Revenge Brushless Shaving Solution, and follow up with a gentle moisturising lotion (our Cooling Moisturiser is a good shout) rather than a heavy cream. Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean it isn’t dehydrated, and skipping this step can make things much worse in the long-run, as your glands will begin to over-compensate. The result? Yep, even more excess oil – and tight, uncomfortable skin, to boot.
If you’ve ever rinsed your face with really hot water, you’ll know all too well that this can have a similar effect. Quick fixes rarely last the distance.
For prominent pores the size of craters, a good toner is unequivocably your best friend, so apply with a cotton pad after washing your face, paying extra attention to your t-zone (nose, chin and forehead), usually the most troublesome areas. Doing this on a daily basis will decrease the visibility of your pores, leaving your complexion smoother and diminishing the chances
of the blocked pores which can lead to spots.
Add a clay-based mask to your grooming arsenal, and apply it religiously once a week. Not only will this help to draw any nasty debris and impurities from your pores, but it’ll also soak up any excess grease, and let’s be honest – that’s the name of the game. Using a gentle facial scrub every few days will also help, sloughing away dead skin cells and dirt which could result in blockages.
It may be worth remembering that oily skin has its positives. It might be hard to believe, but it’s absiolutely true: Oily skin is less prone to premature aging, which means you get to hold onto your masculine charms for all the longer. And come thirty years of age, you can expect some respite, as gland activity slowly begins to decline – so you might have the last laugh yet.