How to Control Shine and Breakouts This Summer

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Do you struggle with having shiny skin with visible pores that is prone to blemishes and breakouts? Does your makeup seem to slide right off as soon as it’s applied?

If you said yes then you almost certainly have an oily skin type. While having oily skin does offer the benefit of not showing lines easily, it does need to be properly maintained to help prevent breakouts and control shine.

 What Makes Skin Oily?

Since skin type is generally determined by genetics, it is likely that you have a hereditary disposition to overproduce DHT, the hormone that triggers an excess sebum production in the skin.

Now sebum is not inherently bad, in fact it is necessary for skin health! The oily, waxy substance lubricates the skin and keeps our moisture barrier intact, but when it is being pumped out faster than Netflix is pumping out original series’, it can become an issue.

This excess oil causes pores to enlarge as they stretch to accommodate the amount of oil being produced and when this oil becomes trapped, it can combine with dead skin cells and bacteria-causing breakouts.

 What Can You Do About Your Oily Skin?

While you can’t change your genetics, you can make other changes to your lifestyle to help keep oily skin in check. Aside from your genes, oily skin can be exacerbated by both internal and external factors such as diet, hormones, the environment and/or seasonal changes, and even skincare products themselves. Being sure to stay healthy and balanced will help reduce oil and shine.

Diet

Having a healthy diet is not only good for your body, but also important to maintaining healthy skin! If your skin is on the oilier side, it’s best to avoid foods that could raise your heat index such as spicy foods or alcohol. Instead, opt for foods that are high in Vitamin A and healthy omega-3 fat to balance oil production.

Hormones

When your hormones are out of whack, your skin pays the price and many women, especially those with oily skin, experience breakouts around their monthly cycle due to hormonal changes in the body.

Our favorite product for controlling hormonally imbalanced skin is the Eight Greens Youth Serum from Eminence. A powerful combination of phytoestrogens found in this gel-like serum help to balance the skin, making it appear smoother and reduces excess oil production.

Environment/Seasonal Changes

Because heat causes more oil to be produced, keeping cool is a good way to mattify your complexion. As summer is in full swing, those with oily skin may find that their skin appears even shinier.

President of Eminence Organic Skincare, Boldijarre Koronczay, suggests keeping your products in the refrigerator. Applying cool products to the face will reduce skin temperature and minimize excess oil production.

Products

If you have oily skin, you may need to rethink your makeup routine, especially during summer. While it is tempting to apply more makeup to cover up problem skin, this can clog pores, causing further issues for your complexion.

If you can’t part with your foundation or cover up, try using Eminence’s Sun Defense Minerals for lightweight coverage that is actually good for your skin! (Raw Esthetics Insider Tip: pour a small amount of your Sun Defense Mineral powder directly into your Eminence moisturizer and blend together to create a tinted moisturizer with SPF!)

 inally, one of the biggest culprit’s causing oily skin may be the products that you use to try and avoid excess oil production in the first place!

Many common drug store products that are marketed as being astringent or oil reducing contain harsh and drying ingredients that can strip the skins moister barrier. While they may seem to reduce oil production initially, they actually often over dry the skin and trigger your glands to compensate by producing even more oil. Keeping oily skin clean and hydrated with organic products is key to balancing natural oil production.

Read our next article to find out our favorite products for oily skin!