Skin can be dry and oily at the same time
Imagine that you are someone who has been struggling with oily, flaky skin for a while now. You are frustrated because your skin is dry on top and oily just below it. You have tried all sorts of different skincare products, but nothing seems to work.
Your skin is always shiny and greasy, and every time you look in the mirror you see flakes on your forehead or red, irritated skin around your nose. You feel like you can't go on like this anymore - you need to find a skincare routine that will help you get rid of the flakes once and for all. If this sounds like you, then keep on reading.
What is Dry, Flaky Skin and What Causes it?
Flaky skin is that unpleasant skin condition where your face looks as if it has been dusted with a thin layer of powder. You may notice flaking on the forehead or around the nose, but typically these flakes are very light and very hard to see. This makes flaky skin a very common problem, since most people don’t realize they have it until someone points it out.
Flaky skin is usually caused by excessive oil production in combination with the lack of hydration in your skin. Your skin needs hydration to maintain a healthy moisture level, and when your skin loses that natural hydration it starts to compensate by producing more oil. However, since your skin already has too much oil it doesn’t absorb the extra oil, and instead the dead cells around your pores start to flake off.
Flaky skin can also be caused by the overgrowth of certain microorganisms in the skin. This is most commonly caused by the abnormal growth of certain fungi and bacteria that are normally present in the skin. Using the wrong skincare products can make this condition worse.
When exposed to the sun this oily, flaky skin can turn into a hard shell of skin that is greasy and flaky at the same time. It can feel uncomfortable to touch and hurt a little bit.
How to Determine if You Have Flaky Skin?
The best way to determine whether you have flaky skin is to use a tissue to gently wipe against your forehead and nose. If the tissue comes away with little flakes on it, then that means that you most likely do have flaky skin. Another way of determining whether or not you have flaky skin is to feel the texture of your face.
I know it may sound a bit strange, but if you have excess oil and no hydration in your skin, then your skin will feel hard and rigid (almost like a shell) instead of smooth and soft. Some people with oily and flaky skin will notice flakes shedding like dandruff, as well as redness in the areas that flake.
It might even be painful to touch this area or it might feel constantly sore. Red, irritated area around the nose is another visible sign of skin that is likely to be oily and flaking.
The Best Skincare Routine for Oily, Flaky Skin
You might be wondering if there is even a skincare routine that you can follow to solve this problem. Lucky for you, there are some simple steps that you need to take in order clear up your oily and flaky skin once and for all.
The key to taking care of this skin type is to prevent the buildup of oil deposits and to avoid ingredients that encourage the overgrowth of certain microorganisms in the skin.
Morning and Evening Skin Care Routine
1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser once in the morning and once at night. Avoid oil based cleansers until your skin normalizes. If you don’t want to give up your favorite oil based cleanser then make sure you follow that up with a gentle foaming cleanser. Make sure you wash your skin thoroughly to remove all traces of sunblock and/or makeup.
2. Just after cleansing, use an oil-free moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated and free of flakes. Look for ingredients like Willow bark extract, probiotic extracts, Niacinamide, Panthenol and Hyaluronic acid. All these ingredients will help improve the appearance of the skin. If you want to, you can use a facial mist or mineral water spray before applying your oil-free moisturizer but this is totally optional.
3. Try to avoid products containing any added oil until your skin feels and looks normal again. If you have dry patches on your skin use a face oil or richer moisturizer ONLY in those dry areas.
4. Use a sunscreen every morning to protect your face from harmful UVA and UVB rays that can damage your skin and cause dark spots and wrinkles.
4. Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated and healthy. Try to eat a balanced diet with at least 5 to 8 servings of fruits and vegetables.
If your skin is not sensitive then you can exfoliate once a week to gently remove excess dead cells and keep pores clear of excess oil and dirt.
You may use a clay mask to remove some extra oil and dead skin or use a very gentle scrub. Do not exfoliate more than twice a week or you can cause your skin to become damaged and overcompensate, causing more oil and overproduction of dead cells.
If your skin is sensitive then you don’t need to exfoliate your skin until your skin starts to look a bit more normal. Even then, only use an exfoliant that is made for sensitive skin and only use it once a week.
Skincare products to avoid if you have oily, flaky skin :
☘️ Soap-based face washes are harsh and can strip away too much oil from your skin, causing it to overcompensate and produce even more oil.
☘️ Harsh exfoliating products can also be too abrasive for skin that is already flaky and irritated.
☘️ Alcohol-based products can dry out your skin, which can lead to even more flaking and irritation.
☘️ Products with fragrance can also cause skin irritation and make the condition worse.
☘️ Plant butters or plant waxes. These ingredients are great for dry skin, not for oily skin that is flaking due to lack of moisture.
How do I remove dead skin cells from my face?
Exfoliate 1-2x per week using gentle products. Do not exfoliate more than 2x a week, or your skin may become dry and flaky. Avoid any scrubs that are too abrasive on the face. Always hydrate the skin afterwards with an oil-free moisturizer to keep it fresh and healthy.
What to avoid using with oily skin that flakes?
Avoiding strong soaps, harsh exfoliating products, astringents that contain alcohol, fragrant products (especially perfumes), pore clogging oils or plant butters/waxes.
How do I stay hydrated?
Drinking plenty of water regularly, regularly applying moisturizer (at least once in the morning and once at night) can help keep skin healthy. Eating 6 servings or more of seasonal fruits and vegetables can help nourish your skin from the inside, which leads to a healthier skin barrier that can maintain skin hydration.
Does this skincare regimen work for sensitive skin?
Yes! Sensitive skin is very common, but it may be more prone to oil production or flaking. This routine will help provide hydration for the skin while also avoiding ingredients that are harsh on sensitive facial skin.
How long does skincare routine take?
The above mentioned skincare routine for oily and flaky skin takes about 5 minutes in the morning and about 10 minutes in the evening if you follow the steps listed.
What is the best moisturizer for skin that is dry on top and oily below?
We recommend our Lindre Serum-in-gel moisturizer that was specially formulated for skin types that are sensitive to extra oils in their skincare products. Lindre contains deeply hydrating ingredients combined with natural ingredients that protect the skin barrier without the use of oils and waxes. The formulation is fungal-acne and acne safe, so it will not lead to the overgrowth of bad bacteria.