It would be wonderful if oily skin was just a phase we went through as young adults—a temporary inconvenience that cleared up as we became older. However, one of the key triggers of oil production is the hormone fluctuations that continue well into adulthood.
All skin produces oil or sebum. Mainly due to genetics, some skin simply produces more oil than others. Sometimes, skin will produce more oil when it is dry or depleted to overcompensate for its lack of moisture. As a result, it is important not to over-cleanse oily skin, as it can exacerbate the problem.
Frequently Asked Questions About Oily Skin
Do I need a moisturizer if I have oily skin?
Absolutely. Oil and moisture are not one and the same. Oily skin still needs hydration and nutrients, especially if you are using products that are formulated to absorb excess oil. Use a lightweight moisturizer that is water-based and has mattifying properties to help reduce shine.
Is oily skin the same as acne-prone skin?
These two conditions are often overlap, but they can be mutually exclusive. Excess oil can, in fact, cause breakouts when it is trapped under the skin's surface by dirt or dead skin cells. However, oily skin does not necessarily break out, and often, dry skin can be acne-prone, especially if the accompanying dead skin cells are not exfoliated.
What is the best way to remove blackheads?
Blackheads are caused when the pore becomes clogged with excess oil. The best way to treat blackheads is to establish a good skin care routine that includes scrubbing the area with a gentle exfoliator, preferably one with glycolic and salicylic acid to help clear pores. Then apply a good clay mask to the area to help draw out impurities. Try to resist squeezing them, as this can damage the skin and cause a pimple.
Why is oily skin so often attacked by blemishes?
Blemishes occur when excess oil is trapped in the pore by dead skin cells. When this happens, bacteria, which thrive in an oxygen-free environment, begin to multiply, causing a blemish. In order to avoid breakouts, be sure to regularly exfoliate after cleansing to prevent blemishes from forming.
I have oily skin, so I don't understand why I have dry patches.
Oily skin can become combination skin as we age. The T-zone along the forehead, nose and chin typically remain oily while other parts of the face may become dry and flaky. Depending on the severity of the difference, it is sometimes good to have two types of moisturizers for each area of your face. Use a gentle cleanser and mild exfoliator overall.
While it may be tempting, it is important not to over-cleanse oily skin as it can lead to increased oil production. Twice a day is enough. Use a gentle cleanser that will help reduce shine, such as Sea Clear™ Mattifying Cleansing Mousse.
A good toner can help deep-clean oil from pores and prepare skin to receive nutrients from moisturizers—crucial for oily skin. Sea Clear™ Mattifying Toner contains ultra-fine mineral powder to help control shine.
Glycolic and salicylic acid can help clear and tighten pores, so skin looks smoother and texture feels more refined. Anti-Acne Calming Corrector works quickly to improve skin texture and helps to control shine.