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7 tips that help with oily skin

Fettige Haut ist weit verbreitet und gerade im Sommer stören sich viele Frauen bei steigenden Temperaturen an glänzender Haut. Glücklicherweise gibt es einfache Tipps, um öliger Haut entgegenwirken. Von Tea bag trick über Salicylsäure bis hin zur richtigen Reinigung – Tikbow verrät, was es bei fettiger Haut zu beachten gilt.

Causes of oily skin

Oily skin is usually caused by a lack of sebum production due to hormonal changes. For example, an excess of androgens, i.e. male sex hormones, causes the pores to secrete sebum excessively. Whether the skin is more or less oily varies from person to person, and the degree of oiliness depends on both age and genetic predisposition. However, the use of certain medications such as corticosteroids, a poor diet or inappropriate skin care can also cause oily skin.

Immediate tip for oily skin

There are always situations in which you would like to touch up quickly in order to eliminate annoying skin shine. Then there are the following possibilities: (re)powder, apply cosmetic tissue – or resort to coffee filters or tea bags.

Tea bag trick

What do you need?

Tea and coffee bags made of bleached or brown paper are ideal for absorbing unwelcome skin shine thanks to their absorbent properties. All you need is an unused tea bag or coffee filter and a pair of scissors. It is important that you only use dry products, as the wet material cannot absorb any more moisture and would therefore be ineffective. You do not need to modify the tea bag, the coffee filter can be easily cut into handy pieces with scissors.

Tea bags and coffee filters help with skin shine
Tea bags, coffee filters and scissors, that’s all it takes.Photo: Tikbow

How it’s worked

Now the rule is: don’t rub, but dab the area gently or press the bag lightly on the skin. Otherwise, you risk wearing your makeup right off instead of touching it up. If you want to be absolutely sure you’re doing your skin some good, reach for organic teas. Their infusion bags are made of hemp fibers, for example, and are particularly low to no pollutants.

Care tips to prevent oily skin

The right skin cleansing for oily skin

Regular skin cleansing is especially important for oily skin, otherwise sebum can clog pores and lead to pimples or blackheads. Nevertheless, it is important not to degrease the skin too much when cleansing the face, otherwise the natural protective layer of the skin is attacked. This in turn leads to increased sebum production. It is therefore better to use mild cleansing products, including those that are specially formulated for oily skin. Non-greasy washing gels with a neutral pH value are ideal.

Do not peel too often

Peelings are excellent for thoroughly removing sebum from oily skin. However, you should not overdo it, because if you exfoliate your skin too frequently, you risk dry skin. This causes an increased sebum production as a reaction. It is therefore better not to exfoliate more than twice a week. Natural peelings are also recommended, as they do not attack the skin as much.

Moisturize the skin

Anyone who thinks that the skin is already sufficiently moisturized due to increased sebum production is mistaken. In fact, oily skin also needs appropriate moisturizing care. If the skin is not moisturized, it can easily dry out and produce even more sebum in response. The only important thing is to make sure you use the right ingredients! Products with highly oily ingredients such as petrolatum or minerals should be avoided, and light fluids that do not clog the pores should be used instead.

Choosing the right foundation

If you have a tendency to oily skin, you should also rethink your choice of makeup. Many foundations contain minerals or fats of animal origin, which promote oily skin and the formation of blackheads. Therefore, it is best to opt for non-comedogenic products or special makeup for oily skin. Water-based formulations are also well suited.

Go for products with salicylic acid or retinol

For very oily skin that produces a lot of sebum and has large pores, products with high doses of retinol (vitamin A) are recommended. Tea tree, zinc or silicon also have a sebum-regulating effect. Products with salicylic acid are also considered a true miracle cure for blemished skin. This acid, also known as BHA acid, reduces impurities and frees pores from excess sebum.

Healing earth masks

Heilerde eignet sich hervorragend, um Talg aus den Poren zu ziehen und die Haut dadurch zu mattieren. Der regelmäßige Einsatz von Healing earth masks kann sich also förderlich auf ein schönes Hautbild auswirken. Ein weiterer Vorteil: Die Maske fördert die Durchblutung der Haut, wodurch Pickel besser und schneller abheilen können.