Do you ever get frustrated with zits that just won’t quit?
Or tired of battling that higher-than-normal oil production that is causing those makeup landslides?
And yet, despite trying every ‘hack’ to get rid of oily skin under the sun, they only seem to provide temporary solutions that lead to more problems down the line.
In your quest to stay completely shine free it is easy to become disillusioned, but don’t despair, there are oily skin solutions available, that will help to keep those midday melt downs at bay.
6 reasons why your skin could be oily
In order to learn how to manage your oily skin, you need to know what’s causing the excess oil. Start by asking yourself the following questions:
- Is your oily skin your true genetic skin type?
- Have you recently been prescribed medications?
- Has your skin been through some significant seasonal changes?
- Are you absolutely sure you are using the right skincare products for your skin type?
- Have your hormone levels been heightened recently, due to puberty, pregnancy, or menopause?
- Are you stressed? This can causes a surge in hormones like cortisol and testosterone, which stimulates oil production.
Any of the above can rob your skin of that much needed moisture, causing it to produce a surge of oil to compensate for what’s lacking. Incorrect use of products can also strip your skin, causing it to go into “protection” mode – making it produce excess oil.
How to know if your skin is oily
- Your skin’s texture is uneven and it feels thick and coarse
- Your skin looks sallow due to excess sebum (oil) production
- You’re prone to bothersome blackheads, especially on the T Zone
- Your pores are visibly enlarged, especially on your nose, chin, and forehead
- You’re used to getting daily shine, especially at midday, when your oily skin is at its peak
- Your pores often get clogged, which leads to occasional breakouts and even cysts
Really, I could list dozens more. I typically find with this skin type that different people suffer from different conditions – whether that’s oily shine, large pores, or acne. It all depends on the amount of oil your skin is producing.
Don’t get confused with combination skin
The T-Zone is the region of the face consisting of the forehead, chin, and nose, which naturally tend to have more active oil glands.
If your T-Zone is oily but the rest of your face looks normal or dry, then you may have a combination skin type.
Why does your skin get oily?
We all have glands in our skin responsible for secreting an oily substance referred to as sebum. This oil, along with sweat, is secreted through our pores and when this process goes smoothly, it not only lubricates our skin, but also removes the buildup of dead skin cells from our pores.
However, if these oil glands become over-active, they can cause havoc; over-producing excess sebum, which can lead to a host of skin imperfections, including those bothersome breakouts.
What’s the right way to treat oily skin?
Whilst many causes of oily skin are outside our control, factors within our control include the products we choose and how we use them.
I notice a tendency for many of my clients to over-treat their skin, or use astringent products in a bid to stop the oil. This is the wrong approach, because excessive stimulation will strip and irritate the skin; it becomes unbalanced, and the skin’s natural protection mechanism responds by producing more oil.
But I get it – I do.
It’s a perfectly normal response, when you look in the mirror and see a whole lot of shine and breakouts staring back at you, to get frustrated and treat your oily skin with anything you can get your hands on.
But this is counter-productive, causing more oil in the long run.
Instead of trying to mask the problem, over the next few weeks, I’m going to help you to get to the root of your oily skin concerns. Together, we’re going learn to tackle that daily shine into something more manageable and get a little balance in our lives.
And the really great thing is that it’s not all bad news. Your genetic tendency towards larger oil glands and that higher-than-normal oil production helps to keep your skin well-moisturised, warding off premature ageing, so you get to stay looking younger for longer – now who can complain about that?