Our skin naturally produces oils to keep it ‘soft and supple’.
However, some people find that their skin over produces oils.
This can cause a greasy look and feel to the skin as a result of these excess oils, even just a few hours after washing the face.
This can be frustrating and hard to deal with. If you struggle with oily skin, then keep on reading to find out how you can tame the grease!
If you’re still not entirely sure whether your skin type is oily or not, check to see if you have any of these common symptoms…
Oily Skin Symptoms
If your skin type is oily, the biggest symptom is a greasy look and feel to the skin. The over-production of oils leaves an oily residue on the face, which can feel uncomfortable and unpleasant.
Another symptom is enlarged pores. If your pores are more visibly noticeable than say your friends or families, it’s possible that you have oily skin.
Blemishes, blackheads and pimples can be another sign of oily skin. That’s not to say that other skin types don’t experience these too, but most people with oily skin find that the excess oils clog up pores more easily. This then causes blackheads and spots from the trapped sebum.
Oily skin can be inherited. This often means that a change in external factors isn’t going to eradicate oily skin problems. However, if oily skin is a family trait, it can be managed.
Hormonal activity can also be a contributing factor to oily skin. During certain times of a woman’s menstrual cycle, for example, ‘sebaceous glands become more active’ meaning more oils are produced.
Refined sugars, processed and fatty foods can potentially cause skin to over produce oils. If too many of these unhealthy foods are present in a diet, skin can pay the price.
Oily skin can be treated both topically and from the inside. Here’s some tips on managing those excess oils:
When it comes to a skincare routine, consistency is incredibly important for those who suffer with oily skin. The excess oils produced build up on the skin and clog the pores. Therefore, regular cleansing is essential to ensure blemishes are kept at bay.
It’s recommended to follow at least a simple 3-step routine: cleanse, tone and moisturise.
The cleansing step rids the face of built up grime and dirt. Toning can help to even out the skin’s pH & further unclog pores.
It’s important to avoid harsh ingredients that are commonly found in toners, such as witch hazel and menthol. These can over dry the skin, which in turn, creates more oil!
Moisturising is crucial, however, it is often overlooked. Many people with oily skin think that moisturising it will exacerbate the problem. Surprisingly, the opposite is true.
As mentioned above with toning, not providing the skin with enough moisture causes it to dry out and become aggravated. To combat this, the skin produces more oils. This can often leave those with oily skin in a never ending cycle.
Instead, look for light, but hydrating moisturisers. Avoid products that contain heavy oils which can clog pores.
Additional skin care tips:
Exfoliation: This should only be carried out 1-3 times a week for those with oily skin types. Whilst it can be tempting to reach for a heavy duty scrub, instead, opt for something gentle so as not to irritate the skin.
Salicylic acid is a great chemical exfoliant that penetrates deep inside the pore lining, helping to clear up blemishes.
Masks: Taking time to apply masks 2-3 times a week can help regulate oil production. Mud masks are particularly beneficial for people with oily skin as the natural properties of the mud draw out impurities and keep skin looking clear.
SPF: A non oil-based SPF is incredibly important for protecting oily skin from sun damage, but without the greasy feel that many experience from standard sun protection products. Mineral powder sunscreens are also a great option to prevent the drying effects of the sun.
Avoiding unhealthy, processed and junk foods can help to regulate oil production. It’s also important to keep skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Make sure to eat a balanced diet full of healthy and fresh foods, not only to benefit skin, but health also.
A vitamin B2 deficiency has been linked to oily skin. Therefore, it’s beneficial to ensure a diet rich in B2 is adopted. Foods that contain this vitamin can be found on this website.
Oily skin sufferers might also consider taking a B2 supplement to help treat their skin condition. Precautionary measures must be taken when taking any dietary supplement and natural sources are mostly best.
Q: Should I use moisturiser?
A: Yes! If you don’t, you won’t be giving your skin the hydration it needs and to combat this it will produce more oils as a result.
Q: What ingredients should I use/avoid?
Avoid overly drying ones such as: Witch Hazel, Menthol, Mineral Oils, SLS, Petrolatum, SD Alcohol 40, Denatured Alcohol, Ethanol and Isopropyl Alcohol.
Q: I only get oily on some parts of my face?
A: You might not have oily skin, but instead have combination skin. This is when you have symptoms of both oily and another skin type (dry or normal).
There are products you can buy that are specifically catered to this skin type. However, you can also treat the areas on your face separately.
For example, you can treat the oily areas following the advice in this article. Then for the dry or normal areas, you can follow applicable routines for that skin type.
Q: How can I get my makeup to stay on my oily skin?
A: Oily skin can cause makeup to ‘slide’ around as the oils build up throughout the day. If you want or need your makeup to stay put, then you might want to try a face primer.
Applied before foundation, a primer does what it says on the tin, primes the face before the rest of the makeup application.
Different primers are designed to do different things, so you’ll need to look out for one designed for oily skin. These are sometimes marketed as pore-filling primers.
If you find that your eye makeup moves around and creases, you’ll want to invest in an eye primer. These are designed to dry down matte and act as the perfect oil-free base ready for shadow and liner application.
If you want more oily skin makeup tips then take a look at this website.
Q: How to I get rid of my pimples and blackheads?
A: Persevere with a suitable skincare routine for oily skin (see tips above), whilst avoiding ingredients that cause drying.