What you always wanted to know about oily skin and the best tips to manage it.

Our special guest Marine Vincent, pharmacist and founder of the great Make Me Feel, tells us how to purify this skin not only reserved for teenagers. Around 20% of the population suffers from skin considered as oily and another 20% fall under combination skin type. In a previous article, she explained why the imbalance of microbiome is the main cause to oily skin. As spring is now there, the production of sebum will be triggered by the warm and humid environments, so we have gathered the best tips for minimizing it.

Her recommendations to prevent from oily skin

Oily skin that is linked to genetics can be difficult to prevent. Even oily skin caused by changes in hormones is challenging to control. The best prevention for oily skin is for an individual to find a consistent skincare routine that works, and to stick to it. Here are practical recommendations:

1/ Cleansing has to be twice a day: morning and evening

As the opposite of what we would have assumed, we should use very gentle cleansers. If you use too harsh detergents which remove the oily, protective layer of oil altogether, the skin will naturally overproduce more to compensate, and that will create a vicious circle. Why cleansing again in the morning? Because the skin is detoxing during the night so it worth giving an extra wash to remove potential impurities in the morning.

I suggest using micellar waters, foams or gels and avoid creams and milk, which have a heavier texture. I personally love the smell and the texture of Gallinée Foaming Facial Cleanser, as well as the effectiveness and the idea that it takes care of my microbiome.

2/ Moisturise even oily skins

Select a day and night cream carefully to match your skin type. Most of the dermocosmetic brands propose a “lighter” version of moisturisers such as emulsions. It has to be non-comedogenic (which is tested not to block the pores). But most of dermocosmetics brands are. Why should I use a moisturiser if my skin is already oily?

Good question but oily doesn’t mean hydrated. Actually, if you don’t moisturise, this will produce the opposite as a dehydrated oily skin will again tend to overproduce sebum to compensate. More than 80% of the population gets a dehydrated skin. Also, you probably would like to get other benefits in your day cream such as sun damage, first wrinkles, etc … and do not forget that there are fantastic moisturising creams which are also mattifying, such as Gallinée Hydrating Face Cream!

3/ Use facial masks weekly

Mask is not just an extra work to do but also a perfect way to rebalance and treat your skin issues sincerely.  There is an essential part of the routine to get healthy skin. After a gentle exfoliation, follow up with a face mask, this weekly step of the oily skincare tips is vital.

If you love doing your pampering and you have a T-Zone, you can use two covers: one for the zone and one for dry areas, so you save time and get the perfect result! Gallinée Face mask and scrub contains kaolin and white clay that exfoliates, smoothes, purifies and mattifies.

4/ Treat from the inside: balanced diet, whole foods and zinc

A proper and balanced diet keeps the skin from acting up. It may help to stay hydrated, avoid greasy foods and trans fats, and to eat a well-rounded diet full of whole foods. As a food supplement, you can take Zinc, it helps to our skin to oxygenate itself by reducing excess sebum. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that can heal wounds and calm inflammation. This is why it’s often included in acne treatments. Shop Zinc 50mg on Make Me Feel eshop here.

As phytotherapy, we will recommend the burdock root, it also relieves the skin as a way of the evacuation of our toxins and sanitises its pores thanks to its antimicrobial action.

The Newest in Science

The microbiome discovery and the knowledge of its role and potential interaction with the health of our skin has allowed a new range of dermocosmetics to emerge. Pioneer on the market, Gallinée, created by a Dr in Pharmacie, Marie Drago, contains a unique formulation with pre, pro and postbiotics to take care of the “good” bacterias on your skin.

The proliferation of the beneficial bacterias leads to the diminution of the bacterias responsible of acne and nourish the natural protective layer of the skin.