How To Deal With Oily Dehydrated Skin (Full Skincare Routine)

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In this post, we will talk about the do’s and don’ts for oily dehydrated skin. If you have an oily dehydrated skin type, read on.

Let’s start by understanding what oily dehydrated skin actually looks like.

How To Tell If You Have Oily Dehydrated Skin?

You might be oily on the surface of your skin, however, that inner layer of your skin is actually quite dry. In short, you’re oily on the outside and dry on the inside.

Okay. Now let’s check if you actually have oily dehydrated skin. I’m going to give you a checklist to check if you have symptoms. If you checked at least six, you actually have oily dehydrated skin.

symptoms of oily dehydrated skin

What Are The Causes Of Oily Dehydrated Skin?

Oily dehydrated skin is a result of interruption of water-oil balance. Actually, this makes your inner skin really dry, so your skin tries to overcompensate and secretes more oil but, as I said, your inner layer is really dry. So, you’re going to feel that tightness but you are greasy on the outside.

And because of your sebum, your outer layer is actually thicker. So, you tend to build up more dead skin cells and you may feel that stickiness and greasy mess. So it’s hard to manage it.

And if you apply a thick moisturizer, you’ll notice. It won’t really absorb within your skin.

So in this case it’s really important to manage your sebum balance and moisturize your skin properly. A good way is to use lighter products and layer them. This will actually hydrate your skin more.

Now, let’s see how to deal with oily dehydrated skin.

Do’s And Dont’s For Oily Dehydrated Skin

oily skin and dry skin illustration

1. Exfoliation

You shouldn’t use harsh products, because that will actually damage your outer layer of skin. Try to find a product that has an AHA-BHA ingredient as it helps with getting rid of the dead skin cells of the stratum corneum without irritation.

If you use it with the help of a compressed cotton pad, you can gently and effectively get rid of dead skin cells, as well as excess waste.

Don’t exfoliate every day as that can make your inner skin really dry. Exfoliating too frequently or every day removes even the dead skin cells that shouldn’t be removed and these dead skin cells actually maintain your water and oil balance.

Therefore, instead of exfoliating every day, do it about 1 or 2 times as recommended.

2. Cleansing

As mentioned before, your water and oil balance is imbalanced in oily dehydrated skin.

The Ph level of healthy skin is 5 to 7, which is weakly acidic, so we still have to maintain a slightly acidic condition for healthy skin. A weak, acidic cleanser will protect the inner skin from losing moisture and keep your skin moisturized.

A gentle foam cleanser will help get rid of the unnecessary waste of your skin. Use a cleanser that makes your skin feel moisturized. Don’t use a cleanser that strips away moisture.

Don’t use comedogenic cleansers for your skin as they will block your pores.

3. Toning

Use a hydrating toner. A hydrating toner will allow your outer skin and also your inner skin to be deeply hydrated.

Use a toner at least twice during the day to properly hydrate the inner and outer layers of your skin. Especially on the days when you are feeling extra dry, just apply a large amount on a cotton pad, and use it as a face mask.

Don’t use products that contain alcohol. Alcohol is easily evaporated and tends to make the skin itch and dry easily, especially when used frequently. It produces active oxygen and can weaken the skin’s barrier.

Even for me, every time I use an alcohol product, I feel like it really stings my skin.

PIXI Retinol Tonic and Alpha-H Liquid Gold are two great choices here.

4. Serums

One of the main reasons you have oily dehydrated skin it’s because of the heat of your face.

Did you know that every one degree that the temperature is raised, the amount of sebum level around your face increases by ten percent? Ten percent? Now that’s, a lot of sebum for just a one-degree temperature?

Therefore, the hotter your face, your face is going to feel more greasy.

Therefore, it’s really important to lower your skin temperature. Use a serum that has a cooling effect and actually doesn’t grease up your skin and gets absorbed deep into the skin to maintain the oil and water ratio.

Don’t combine serums together. There are ingredients you should avoid using together, especially if you have two products that have a wrinkle care function and a pore management care function. Don’t combine them. That is the worst pore care.

Pore care products have little amounts of oil in them because the purpose is to tighten the pores but wrinkle care products actually contain mostly oil, so think about it.

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum is an affordable option that you can try. Another favorite is L’Oreal Paris Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum.

4. Creams

Use an oil-free gel-type cream. Oil-free products will give that cooling effect on your skin as well as control your greasiness. They also get well absorbed into your skin.

Again, I know that I said this – probably a million trillion infinity times, but it’s really important to control your water and oil balance, because this controls your excess sebum and, at the same time, gives moisture deep within your skin.

Texture creams will give a fresh finish to the outer layer of the skin, but at the same time, hydrate your inner skin.

Don’t use products with oil. Just because your skin is feeling tight, avoid using products that have too much oil in them.

Oil may temporarily help the dryness of your skin, but in the long run, it might actually worsen your oily dehydrated skin.

Now here are some ingredients that contain a lot of oil – triglycerides sodium palmate, stearate, and stearic acid, and if you have excess sebum, they really cause your pores to block.

Remember not to use too much of these oil-based ingredients.

I love the Clinique Moisture Surge.

Thank you so much for reading. These were some good tips if you were wondering how to deal with oily dehydrated skin. I hope some of the information I gave you kind of helped you out. If you have any questions, don’t forget to leave a comment below.

You might be interested in checking out this post on how to know if your skin is oily or dry.


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