Just thinking out loud here, so if anyone has input on this that'd be great. I'd especially like to hear from Jofo and Omnivium if either of you read this.
So some how I managed to run out of my usual face wash (Cetaphil), and accidently knocked over my bottle of ACV, on the same freaking day lol. I wasn't able to make it to a Walmart or Drugstore to get some more, so for a few days I just rinsed my face when I showered, expecting horrendous results.
BUT I was really pleasantly surprised. My skin "seemed" less oily and just generally healthier looking (I know that's something tough to quantify, sorry). No new zits, irritation, redness; I still am confused and waiting for the breakout from it LOL.
And so it got me thinking, could a "minimalist" regime have some merit towards helping oily skin? I'm not talking caveman, or even water only, because every now and then you're face has to be cleaned, period. I'm thinking more showering and washing face with water as usual, and only using a cleanser every other day or so?
I honestly cannot remember the last time I did not use some sort of product daily on face, so I really am curious to see how it responds to this. After some research, I came across some interesting info.
1) In a few small clinical studies, BP was shown to INCREASE sebum production in the majority of users. The longer the product was used, the larger the increase. I don't know about anyone else, but probably a full 5 years of my skin care regimen included BP in some shape or form.
2) While this is not a fact by any means, there is a certain school of thought out there that says most cleansers stimulate oil APPEARANCE in two ways. One is that they overdry and irritate skin,leading to an increased sebum response. Again, this effect is amplified the longer a product is used. And two, when you cleanse your skin, you are basically unclogging your pores. If you have acne, this is very good. But from an oily skin perspective, one could hypothesize that open pores means more oil is able to flow to the surface and it is more noticeable as it sits on top of your squeaky clean skin.
So I plan to do this "minimalist" approach for awhile and see how it goes. I think it could have some effect on oily skin because your skin will become less irritated and also have more dead skin cells on it in which to impede and absorb the oil (sounds gross, but I'm talking about dead skin cells on the microscopic level, so it's not something anyone can see with the naked eye). I'll update accordingly.
I used a lot of products to get rid of teenage acne, but once that went away I still continued with my products thinking it was what I was supposed to do. Maybe I was wrong... I have been tapering off in the last few years, but my routine is still more than most people with regular skin.
Like I said, I'm curious to hear from other oily skin members. Have you always used products on your skin religiously?