MAY 24, 2023
If you can’t leave the house without blotting papers in your pocket, or if your face feels greasy an hour after cleansing, then you probably have an oily skin type. Oily skin is a common skin type characterized by an overproduction of sebum, the skin's natural oil. An excess of this oil can cause the skin to appear shiny, making skin prone to acne and blackheads. While oily skin can be frustrating, with a consistent skincare routine, it’s possible to achieve healthy and balanced skin.
01 What is Oily Skin?
This substance, sebum, helps to keep the skin hydrated and protected. Its primary function is to lubricate and waterproof the skin and hair, keeping the skin barrier strong, moisturized and healthy. When it comes to oily skin, however, too much of a good thing occurs.2
While sebum is vital for moisturizing skin, overproduction can lead to problems such as acne, blackheads, and enlarged pores. Oily skin can be challenging to manage, as it requires a delicate balance between controlling excess sebum production and keeping the skin moisturized, since oil-combatting ingredients often strip the skin of its moisture.
One common mistake is using harsh cleansers and toners that strip the skin of its natural oil. This process can cause the skin to overcompensate by producing even more sebum, exacerbating the problem.
02 What Causes Oily Skin?
Environmental factors such as hot and humid weather can also stimulate the sebaceous gland, increasing sebum production. In addition to hormonal and environmental factors, genetics can play a role in oily skin. People with a family history of oily skin are more likely to have that same skin type.3
Certain medications, such as corticosteroids, can also increase sebum production and contribute to oily skin. Finally, following a skincare routine that is too harsh can strip the facial skin of its natural oils, leading to overcompensation by the sebaceous gland and increased sebum production.
03 How to Identify Oily Skin
- Look for shine. Oily skin often has a shiny or a greasy appearance, especially in the T-zone area (forehead, nose, and chin).
- Check for enlarged pores. Oily skin tends to have enlarged pores, which can be visible to the naked eye. The pores may appear clogged or congested with oil, dirt, and dead skin cells, leading to blackheads and other blemishes.
- Observe acne and blemishes. Oily skin is more prone to acne and other blemishes due to excess sebum production. These blemishes may be red, inflamed, and painful and can appear anywhere on the face.
- Notice makeup breakdown. Oily skin can cause makeup to break down more quickly, leading to a patchy or uneven appearance. The excess sebum can dissolve the makeup and cause it to slide off the face.
- Look at your blotting paper. If you are unsure whether you have oily skin, try using a blotting paper on your face. Press the paper against different areas of your face and observe the amount of absorbed oil. You likely have oily skin if the paper becomes saturated with oil quickly.
04 How to Reduce Shine
- Cleanse Regularly: Washing your face twice daily with a gentle, oil-free gentle cleanser can help remove excess oil, dirt, and impurities from your skin. Be sure to follow all of the essential face cleansing steps. Avoid using harsh soaps or cleansers that can strip your skin of its natural oils, as this can trigger the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil.
- Use a Toner: A toner can help to further remove excess oil from your skin and balance its pH level. Look for a toner that contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid, which can help to unclog pores and exfoliate the skin.4
- Moisturize Properly: Even if you have oily skin, using a moisturizer is important to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Look for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer or a peptide eye cream that won't clog your pores or contribute to excess oil production on your face or around the eyes.
- Use Blotting Papers: Blotting papers are a quick and easy way to absorb excess oil from your skin throughout the day. Gently press the paper against your skin to soak up any oil, being careful not to rub or irritate your skin.
- Choose Oil-free Makeup: When selecting makeup products, choose oil-free and non-comedogenic, meaning they won't clog your pores. Avoid using heavy, creamy foundations and opt for lightweight, matte formulas or topical skin care products instead.
05 How to Take Care of Oily Skin
Do’s and Don’ts for Oily Skin
Do's for Oily Skin
- Cleanse twice a day: Use a gentle, oil-free gel cleanser twice daily to remove excess oil, dirt, and impurities from your skin.
- Exfoliate regularly: Regular exfoliation can help to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, preventing acne breakouts and maintaining a healthy complexion.
- Use a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer: Even oily skin needs moisture, so look for a lightweight peptide face moisturizer and peptide body lotion that won't clog your pores or contribute to excess oil production.
- Use non-comedogenic products: Non-comedogenic products are formulated to avoid clogging pores, so they're ideal for oily skin. Look for products that are labeled as non-comedogenic, including makeup, sunscreen, and moisturizers.
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30: Oily skin can be more prone to sun damage and hyperpigmentation, so it's important to use sunscreen daily to protect your skin.
- Maintain a healthy diet: Eating a diet rich in skin repair foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can help to support healthy skin. If you are wondering how to reduce skin inflammation and oiliness, try avoiding processed foods, sugar, and excess dairy.
Don'ts for Oily Skin
- Don't use harsh products: Harsh cleansers or exfoliators can strip your skin of its natural oils, causing it to produce more oil to compensate. Avoid using products with alcohol or abrasive ingredients that can irritate your skin.
- Don't touch your face: Touching your face can transfer bacteria and oils from your hands to your skin, leading to acne breakouts and inflammation.
- Don't skip moisturizer: While oily skin can feel greasy, skipping moisturizer can actually cause your skin to produce more oil. Look for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated without contributing to excess oil production.
- Don't use heavy, creamy makeup: Heavy, creamy makeup can clog your pores and contribute to excess oil production. Instead, choose lightweight, oil-free formulas that won't clog your pores.
- Don't over-wash your face: Overwashing your face can strip your skin of its natural oils, causing it to produce more oil to compensate. Stick to cleansing twice a day to maintain your skin's balance.
06 OneSkin for Oily Skin
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