So you’ve been blessed with oily skin! And I say ‘blessed’ because people with oily skin tend to not show their age as those with dry skin – so consider yourself lucky, if ya can 😉 Though I can definitely appreciate why oily skin isn’t ideal. You know you have oily skin if your face is often shiny, your makeup comes easily off your face (for guys and gals), larger pores that you’d like to get rid of and you often notice that pimples are your jam! Those are often the daily dealings of oily skin folks.
There are those of you who are saying, ‘Yeah, yeah, I’ve got oily skin but I also have dry spots’. This is often referred to as combination skin. Which is actually the most reported skin type of all skin types. You’re basically seeing two types of skin on your face – the T-zone is oily and then you’ve got portions of your face that are dry and even cracking.
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Our body produces oil to keep our skin soft & supple, however if too much sebum is produced you can find yourself dealing with unwanted acne, shine and oiliness. The next time you’re thinking, ‘Man why is my face so oily’, you can remember that there are two causes – hormones and genetics! That’s when you can be like, ‘Thanks mom and dad’ 😉
Oily skin is medically known as seborrhea and is really just caused by excess oil produced by your good old pores. During fun life events like puberty, you will notice that your fluctuating hormones result in increased androgen levels which are considered one of the top oily skin causes. Androgen’s are male hormones that are both present in gals and guys that signal the maturation of the skin’s sebaceous glands. As these lovely glands mature, oil increases. Thus, the higher amount of androgen’s present, the more sebum is funneled through the pores. Now here’s where the tendency for acne comes in…. should all this fun oil get trapped in your pores, combined with dead skin cells and bacteria, that’s when you begin to see blackheads, pimples and other blemishes having a party.
Though hormonal changes like puberty eventually come to an end, not everyone sees their oily skin subside. It does tend to taper off a bit as we mature, but you may still have that unwanted shine that you’re not loving.
Now if you’re one of the lucky ones with oily skin and even combination, there are definitely proven techniques you can practice every day that don’t cost an arm and a leg that will help you control this excess sebum.
- Wash your face every morning, every night and after exercise. Avoid scrubbing your face. Oftentimes we think that scrubbing oily skin will help get rid of the oil, but it often can lead to more oil and irritation. So just take it easy and wash gently. You may want to consider just using water in the morning to wash your face, but that’s a personal preference.
- Look for products that are oil-free and noncomedogenic. These products tend not to clog pores as easily as those who contain those ingredients.
- Use a gentle foaming cleanser. I wouldn’t recommend anything too astringent, but foaming is key when it comes to your face wash.
- Avoid oil-based or alcohol-based cleansers. Many folks with oily skin think that if they pull the oil from their face via alcohol, they’re doing themselves a favor. However, your bod will be like, ‘Whoah, whoah…. we need oil to keep our skin healthy’ and then you’re hit with even more oil, so just avoid these suckers all together.
- Apply moisturizer like it’s your thang! Although you’re oily, you’ve still gotta keep your skin hydrated. Think of it as a fine balancing act. I wouldn’t grab a really thick moisturizer though! Stick for the light ones, but don’t avoid them! They’re your friend.
- Stay out of the sun! Simple as that! And use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that’s UVA & UVB protecting and also broadband.
- Avoid any makeup with oil in it and stick for the makeup that’s water-based.
- Double cleansing is really the way to go with your skin.
- Avoid touching your face! Like at all costs! It’s much easier to spread bacteria, oil and dirt when your skin is oily.
- Exfoliate! I would recommend exfoliating 2-3 times a week
- Retinoid it up! Vitamin A, retinoid, helps reshape the lining of your pores so oil can come out easily rather than getting clogged, so retinoid can definitely be your key! Differin, the over-the-counter, once a prescription is a retinoid that has helped many Cheeky’s deal with their acne.
- Go to a facialist a couple times a year – extractions are key for clear skin when you’ve got oily skin. You may also find that they recommend certain peels to you and that can keep your skin on track.
- Don’t be scared to embrace the blotting paper. It takes the oil away but it doesn’t strip your skin. Win, win!
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