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?
Have you tried every ‘hack’ to get rid of oily skin under the sun? Yet despite providing temporary solutions, they tend to 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 meltdowns at bay.
Why does my skin get oily?
This is a great question. Glad you asked. 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 overactive, they can cause havoc; over-producing excess sebum which can lead to a host of skin imperfections, including those bothersome breakouts.
How to identify if your skin is oily
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 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 cause 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.
Don’t get your skin 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.
How to know if your skin is oily
- the skin’s texture is uneven, and it feels thick and coarse
- your skin looks sallow due to excess sebum (oil) production
- you are more prone to bothersome blackheads, especially on the T Zone
- the pores are visibly enlarged, especially on your nose, chin, and forehead
- you are 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
We typically find with this skin type, that different people suffer from different conditions – whether that’s oily shine, large pores, pimples, papules, pustules, or acne inflammation – it all depends on the amount of oil your skin is producing, the health of your acid mantle and barrier function, and the bacteria residing on the skin.
Incorrect product use can cause a vicious cycle
Treatments like peels and astringent products are all too easy to resort to in a bid to get on top of your daily shine, but treating your skin the wrong way can have a detrimental effect:
- it can undermine the skin’s delicate acid mantle of its all-important microflora, which keeps at bay the unwanted bacteria that lead to breakouts, acne, and other skin conditions
- it can strip your skin of its protective barrier function, causing it to go into “protection” mode – making it produce excess oil
- when your skin is treated incorrectly, it can cause hydro-lipid problems – namely dehydration – this can lead to an overproduction of oil. When your skin lacks water, it is tricked into thinking it needs to produce more oil. For this reason, if you have oily skin, you need to ensure you are keeping the skin hydrated, with a product such as H₂O Hydrating Complex, and if you are super dehydrated, layer over it with Quench Ultra-Hydrating Gel.
Whilst many causes of oily skin are outside our control, factors within our control include the products we choose and how we use them.
We notice a tendency for many of our clients to over-treat their skin or use astringent products in a bid to stop the oil. As discussed previously, this is the wrong approach because excessive stimulation will strip and irritate your skin; it becomes unbalanced, and your skin’s natural protection mechanism responds by typically producing more oil.
But we get it, we 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, its frustrating to say the least, and you try to treat your oily skin with anything you can get your hands on, in a bid to slow down the excessive oil flow, but as we now know this is counter-productive, causing more oil production in the long run.
Instead of trying to mask the problem, why not try to get to the root of your oily skin concerns instead by really listening to your skin?
Use a customised approach to suit your skin’s ever-changing needs with products like RESQ Anti-blemish Complex, which can be used as a targetted spot treatment. B+ Niacinamide Complex is an important multi-tasking formula that will help you tackle that daily shine into something more manageable and get a little balance in your life.
And the really great thing: 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?