We all want to shine, but none of us want all of that shine happening on our faces! If you often experience a shiny or greasy face, skin that looks thick or rough, or large, obvious pores and persistent pimples and congestion, you’re probably dealing with oily skin. Oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands in the skin make too much sebum. In moderation, this waxy, oily substance coats our skin and protects it, keeping it hydrated and healthy. However, when your skin produces too much of it, it can be a recipe for disaster.
So what gives? Why the oily skin? Genetics and stress may both play a role. Hormones can also be at fault – one of the unpleasant reasons why four out of five people experience a spike in acne in their teens. Though the causes of oily skin may be out of your control, there are some steps that you can take to mitigate extra shine and help balance oily skin.
Cleanse Regularly, but Don’t Over-Dry
It may be tempting to scrub your face every time you notice an oily sheen starting to build up, but resist the urge! Find a cleanser that isn’t too gentle, but isn’t too harsh either, and don’t wash more than two times per day. You might think that washing your skin until it feels tight and dry will counteract oily skin and the acne it can cause, but the opposite is actually true. Chasing that “squeaky clean” feeling actually causes skin to produce more oil to overcompensate for sudden dryness. You’re better off being gentle and opting for a cleanser that washes away excess oil and grime without overdoing it. Your Acne Intelligence cleanser is perfectly formulated for oily skin, allowing you to cleanse without stripping your skin of all of its natural moisturizing factors.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
The myth that oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer is just that – a myth. Just as over-washing and overly harsh cleansers can have a counter-intuitive effect when it comes to oily skin, so can neglecting to moisturize after you cleanse. Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean that it’s sufficiently moisturized. In some cases, oily skin is actually a sign that your skin is dehydrated and needs help retaining moisture in order to become balanced again. All oily skin types can benefit from a lightweight moisturizer that helps skin keep essential moisture in.
Time may not heal all things, but in this case, it may help. Just as hormonal changes in your teens cause changes in your skin that make you more prone to acne, the changes that happen in your skin as you age are likely to slow your sebaceous glands down. Your skin won’t be oily forever. In the meantime, though, it’s best to find a routine that works with your skin, not against it. If you ever start feeling discouraged, remember that a sneaky benefit to oily skin is that you may not show age as quickly as your dry-skinned peers.
Use the Right Skincare Products
Finding the right products is essential when it comes to oily skin. Look for water-based makeup and moisturizers and avoid products that aren’t marked “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic.” To keep oil buildup to a minimum during the day, consider finding a mattifying primer or makeup base, or keep some blotting papers with you to absorb excess oil.
The most important building block to healthy skin at any age is a custom routine that’s right for you. The Acne Intelligence app can help you find products that work with your skin, not against it. By establishing a routine that’s truly personalized with products that work with your oily skin, you’ll find that your once-oily skin is much more balanced.