Benefits of Glycerine For Oily Skin: I bet you thought you cannot use glycerine for oily skin, right? Surprisingly, this thick, viscous liquid works like a charm, use glycerine on your face with the tips shared below and all your oily skin problems will be gone in a jiffy.
I have always suffered from oily skin. My pimples and acne are much reduced now, but the sticky, greasy skin has not parted ways with me just yet. Summer and monsoon seasons are always the worst phase for my skin due to the increased humidity in the air!
While on a hunt for the perfect skincare ingredient to tackle my skin issues, I ended up reading about using glycerine for moisturizing my skin. I was quite taken aback; glycerine for oily skin! It is such a humble ingredient that can be found at any drugstore or cosmetic shop, yet we are afraid to use it on our skin due to its viscosity.
Well, my reaction was quite obvious, right? When we think of putting glycerine on our skin – especially on oily skin, it feels kind of scary because glycerine is a very thick liquid.
Apparently, and now I can speak from experience after trying it out, this thick, viscous liquid can actually counterattack oily skin’s war against us. Glycerine is a humectant substance. It cuts through the grease and film of oil to hydrate your skin and give it the moisture it needs. The result is a refreshed and rejuvenated skin. Goodbye acne, goodbye clogged pores and goodbye unhappy me!
With this post, I will be sharing the top 5 benefits of this humble ingredient for oily skin which is also acne prone.
5 Benefits of Glycerine for Oily Skin
1. Glycerine Keeps Your Skin Hydrated For Long
I have already mentioned above that glycerine is a humectant, but how does it actually work? A humectant is a substance that helps to retain the moisture that is already present in your skin. It also has a miraculous ability to pull in hydration from the environment into the skin and lock it deep within your skin’s layers.
Furthermore, it is much more effective at retaining moisture into your skin than any other type of moisturizer. Glycerine also regulates the sebum production on the skin, since excess sebum production is the main cause behind oily skin. Our sebaceous glands can sometimes start to produce sebum in excess to compensate for the lack of hydration in the skin.
This is why it is recommended to moisturize your skin twice a day after cleansing it, even if you have an oily skin type and the idea of moisturizing your face seems counterintuitive to you. Read Does Oily Skin Need A Moisturizer? to understand why it is important to use a moisturizer like glycerine on your face.
2. Glycerine Treats Skin Problems
Infections and oily skin is an unhealthy combination that leads to acne. As I mentioned earlier, if we have an oily skin type, it could be a sign that our sebaceous glands are overactive.
Excess sebum in the skin clogs the facial pores by trapping all kinds of bacteria and dirt underneath it, which later lead to acne breakouts. Most people with oily skin type tend to have whiteheads and blackheads on their face, especially around the T zone.
Glycerine can help reduce the presence of bacterial skin infections and give you clearer skin.
3. Glycerine Helps With Cell Regeneration
When you apply glycerine to your face regularly, you help speed up the process of cell regeneration. The newer cells don’t inherently have skin problems and it can help reduce the appearance of pimples, acne and blackheads.
4. Glycerine For Skin Texture
Glycerine has one more important role to play!
This beauty can improve the texture of your skin by filling up the “spaces between your cells”. This helps to provide you with a smooth and supple skin texture. Glycerine also creates a barrier between your skin and the external factors. The barrier protects your skin from environmental pollution.
5. Glycerine In A Face Pack
You can use glycerine in a DIY homemade face pack for oily skin to give your skin an instant glow and rejuvenation!
Here is a DIY Glycerine and Multani Mitti (Fuller’s Earth) face pack that you can try out:
- Mix glycerine and fuller’s earth to form a paste.
- Apply this mixture to your face and neck.
- Wash it off with cold water after 15-20 minutes and pat dry your skin.
- Take a little bit of glycerine onto your fingers and use it as a moisturizer to restore moisture back into your skin.
Here’s another homemade face pack for oily skin using glycerine:
- Mix a few drops each of glycerine and milk with some honey.
- Apply the mixture to your washed and dry face.
- Rinse it thoroughly after 15 to 20 minutes.
This face pack with milk, honey, and glycerine is best suitable for dull and tired looking skin! Milk and honey are known to impart a fresh, dewy look to the skin.
Dos and don’ts when using glycerine for oily skin:
Like every other skincare product on this planet, glycerine also has some dos and don’ts that you should follow to get the best out of this ingredient.
Here are some of them:
- When using it directly on your skin, dilute glycerine with water.
- You can make a solution of rosewater and glycerine for acne and spray it onto your face. It also works great as a skin refreshing mist during humid weather!
- Always use glycerine sparingly because a little goes a long way with this ingredient.
- Don’t let glycerine sit on your face for more than 15 minutes.
- Always wash it off thoroughly, so that it does not attract dust and pollution to its sticky surface.
Now that you know the benefits of glycerine for oily skin, what stops you from heading over to the store and buying a bottle? This inexpensive yet miraculous product for your skin is always easily available in all pharmacy stores. So don’t forget to try it out and let us know about your experience with it in the comments below.