Many of us have bad habits when it comes to our skin. Whether it be squeezing pimples, not removing make up before going to bed or forgetting to regularly moisturise. In order to have healthy skin you need to work out what is right for you and educate yourself. If oily skin is a bug bear of yours, you may think that drying out your skin is the answer, but actually, far from it – it can do you more harm than good. We’ve pulled together some info to help you face the facts once and for all.

Myth 1: I have oily skin so don’t need to moisturise

This is one of the biggest misconceptions with people who are oily skinned. The misunderstanding is that if you use a moisturiser on skin that is already oily then you are adding to the moisture and may cause breakouts. Our advice would be instead of straying away from moisturisers full stop, find one that matches your skin perfectly. If you have combination skin, then a light-weight lotion with a little oil may be good. You may have to test a few before you find the right one, but once you do, you’ll never look back.

Myth 2: Sunbathing helps to remove excess moisture from oily skin.

A lot of us want a clear, natural looking face and bronzed body during the summer months but please, please make sure you apply sun screen first! Tanning may hide the appearance of red, irritated skin and appears to dry up oil production, but it is harmful to your skin in other ways. Did you know that when you tan you’re causing skin cell damage to your skin, which is sometimes irreparable. This is one of the main culprits behind wrinkled and fatigued skin that can add years to your age.

Myth 3: Oily skin is not genetic.

When it comes down to oily skin, a lot of it is strictly our genes. It can be hard to deal with oily skin, leading to embarrassment that takes its toll during puberty and beyond. But don’t let it affect your confidence. Aim to find the right combination of lifestyle choices (drinking lots of water and eating right) as well as the products that keep your skin in check.

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