Tuesday, September 26

Rebound effect: when cleaning generates more oil

The more you wash your face, the more oily your skin is? Did you know that this action may be causing the rebound effect? Know why it happens and how to avoid it.

Have you ever heard of the rebound effect? Do you have oily skin? So this article is for you.

Want to understand more about this subject? So read on, we’ve explained everything, we’ll even give you tips on how to avoid it and indicate some powerful assets to reduce this effect.

Understand what the rebound effect is

The rebound effect is a skin defense mechanism that occurs when we remove all the fat — known as sebum — from the face region. With this, the body understands that it needs to produce even more oil to “protect” the skin against dehydration.

Regardless of the characteristics, all skin has an amount of oil that serves as a natural moisturizer.

In the matter of oily and even mixed skin, the sebaceous glands produce excess sebum. And the tendency of those who have this type of skin is to want to clean all the time in an attempt to get rid of it.

Beware, this simple action will make the glands want to work even harder. And that’s what we’ll explain next.

Why does the rebound effect happen?

As we said before, this action of trying to clean the skin as much as possible is what triggers the rebound effect. Especially when we use overly aggressive products, such as exfoliants or soaps that are not suitable for the type of skin.

You know that scene of the cat chasing its tail? It goes something like this: you clean your skin because it’s oily, and it produces even more oil because you’ve taken off everything you need to protect your face.

Knowing how to moisturize oily skin is also essential. That’s because, after cleansing — whether excessive or not — the skin can become dry and produce even more sebum for its natural hydration.

How to avoid the rebound effect

If you can’t clean your skin all the time, then what? Here’s the good news: you can avoid the rebound effect! And it all starts with the use of products suitable for your skin type, preferably those with raw materials with proven efficacy. Another indication is to wash your face only twice a day, in the morning and at night. And don’t forget the astringent!

Oh, and invest in a moisturizer with a dry feel. Quickly absorbed gel or oil-free serum formulas are the most suitable for oily skin.

Also bet on products with vegetable seboregulating and antiseptic actives, such as filipendula and papaya extract, respectively.

The filipendula extract effectively modifies the skin’s oily secretion, presenting an antiseborrheic, astringent, and antimicrobial action. It is mainly made up of gallic acid and tannins.

In general, while gallic acid inhibits an enzyme responsible for the production of sebum, tannins reduce pores and, consequently, oiliness. All the best, isn’t it? But the papaya extract has antibacterial properties in injuries such as acne.

The papaya fruit has an enzyme called papain, which removes impurities and promotes cell renewal.

That way, when you take care of your skin properly, your body doesn’t understand that it needs to produce more oil. That way you will do your anti-oily treatment, and you may even manage to alleviate the frequent appearance of pimples on the face.

Finally, remember that oil does not prevent you from using sunscreen, which is super essential in body care. If you prefer, choose a product with a matte effect for the face, which reduces shine.