For the majority of my life, I fell into a common skincare trap.
When I was younger, especially in my teenage years and early 20s, I had severe acne and I thought I had oily skin.
So what I did was I decided I needed to wash my face so many times a day, sometimes even four times a day!
In the morning, with soap…
Late morning, with soap…
And then in the afternoon, with soap and evening, with soap.
I thought that soap was the answer to getting rid of the excess oil my body was producing, and if I did, then my skin would look better.
Then I noticed that that wasn’t quite working, so I started using oil-free products.
Do you know what happened?
My skin got so much oilier!
So I started using a tissue to blot off all the excess oils throughout the day…
This vicious circle continued until finally, it clicked….
You see, our bodies know what’s best for us. So then I thought, “was my skin trying to take care of itself? Could it be telling me what it really needed all this time?”
I realized that by stripping my skin of every bit of oil it was producing, I was causing it to overproduce to make up for the imbalance.
I then realized that the oils my skin was producing, were actually nutritious, beneficial and protective for my skin.
I needed these protective oils to look my best and optimize my skin’s health. Simple as that.
To this day, I almost never use cleanser on my face.
Once I let my skin return to its natural balance, and I listened and left it alone, it got so much better!
So what I recommend if you think you have oily skin or if see that you tend to have oil on your forehead, or on your nose, and T-Zone is to try to be gentle.
This means use LESS soap and try not to wash your face with soap in the morning.
If you do nothing else, do this:
Switch to a natural product that does not say “oil-free”.
I know, this may shock you, but try this and combine this simple adjustment and give your skin a couple of weeks to rebalance and I’ll bet it gets better.
Your skin is going to thank you.