Treating Oily Skin Caused by Heat and Humidity

When the weather gets warmer, the increased heat and humidity can wreak havoc on the skin. This can cause your nose, forehead and chin to feel like an oil slick, and it can feel impossible to completely cleanse the skin. That’s because the sebaceous glands in the skin increase oil production when it’s hot and humid.

The sebum produced by the sebaceous glands helps protect your skin from drying out in the hot summer months, but it sure isn’t pretty. Keep reading to find out how to keep your sebaceous glands under control and help your skin feel fresh even when the air around you feels like a steam room.

 

Keep it clean

Facial cleansers that contain glycolic acids or salicylic acid can break through the layer of grease on the surface of your skin. They bust the dead skin cells and dissolve oils deep in the pores. Use a facial cleanser twice daily to keep oil at bay. If you’re spending your days at the beach, make sure to protect your skin because the acids in these cleansers can make it more likely to burn.

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Soak it in

Do you feel like you can wash your face all day long in the summer but the shine keeps coming back? Mattifying products contain talc and silicone polymers that sop up the oil before it has a chance to spoil your complexion. Apply a mattifying lotion under your makeup or use cosmetics with oil-absorbing properties to control the glow.

Although you may be tempted to soak up excess oil with blotting paper or tissues, this can be more damaging than it is effective. Sure, it will absorb grease from the surface of the skin. But, blotting can push dirt and residue further into the pores, leading to more oil and acne problems down the road.

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Use powder sunscreen

Powder-based sunscreen has SPF as well as oil-absorbing particles. Using powder instead of lotion will help stop oil before it starts. In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties in zinc, a common ingredient in powdered sunscreen, can help soothe pimples.

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Tone up

Although toner may have been more popular in the 90s than it is today, it can be beneficial in keeping skin fresh and balanced, especially when the humidity is high. Using toners for oily skin after washing the face can remove excess dirt and oil that the cleanser may have missed. Toner can help unblock pores that become clogged from the excess oil sitting on the surface of the skin.

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Skin care products in Singapore and other eternally humid areas help women keep their skin fresh, clean and free of oil. Whether you fight to combat the shine only in the summer months or live in the tropics, following an appropriate skin care regimen can prevent you from dealing with the gleam that comes with that glorious weather.

Sources:
http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/elizabeth-tanzi-md/fixes-oily-summer-skin
http://www.skininc.com/treatments/facial/acne/The-Top-9-Causes-of-Oily-Skin-and-the-Solution-202343921.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/toner-necessary_n_2124513.html