Oily skin remedies and what cosmetic companies don’t want to tell you

Harsh ingredients upset oily, combination skin types, stripping the barrier of its all-important lipids.

When our skin becomes undermined the delicate protective flora that makes up the acid mantle deplete, yet this good bacteria is vital for skin health, so it is important that we avoid the use of astringent products because they can do more harm than good, drying out the skin and causing inflammation.

So join us, as we look at oily skin remedies that many commercial skincare products claim to provide.

Oily skin

Oily skin is tricky to treat, simply because there are so many conditions going on within the skin from pimples, papules, and pustules to inflammation and daily shine.

Pores are the opening of hair follicles, when sebaceous glands are overactive it creates to much oil on the surface of the skin, creating the appearance of large pores.

These pores are usually more apparent on the nose, cheeks, and chin, where there is a greater concentration of oil glands, which is also indicative of a combination skin type.

If your skin is too oily, don’t get in the bad habit of over-washing, this article tells you why.

The myth behind commercial oily skin remedies

There is a lot of misinformation about skincare products, many manufacturers would have you believe their formulas for oily, combination skin will permanently shrink pores, sadly these are just clever marketing claims; there are no instant oily skin remedies that permanently shrink them, in fact large pores are usually genetic or stretch with age, so no amount of product will change them, no matter what a friendly sales assistant tries to tell you,

Ingredients such as Acetone and Alcohol will help to remove excess oil from the skin’s surface, and this does have a temporary tightening and cooling effect on the skin, but in reality, what is really happening is that the formula is acting as a skin irritant, causing inflammation and swelling around the pore making it appear smaller, once this inflammation subsides the pores do return to their normal size.

Despite the huge amount of information I have studied on skincare over the years on this subject, I have yet to personally find one shred of scientific evidence that backs up the claim, that pores on the surface of the skin can be reduced, a subject I discuss in greater detail here.

What’s more, if you decide to treat your skin with harsh astringents, this initially will give the impression that your skin is oil-free, but sadly this is only temporary, in reality, what will happen is that your skin will start to overproduce oil.

So the best oily skin remedies are to avoid using strong, harsh skincare products, instead, opt for pure active ingredients that gently block the flow of oil.

The naked truth

For instance, you could switch out your harsh toner for something more gentle, one that contains natural hydrosols such as Witch Hazel which has a temporary tightening and toning effect on the pores, that is gentle to your skin and won’t cause long term underlying sensitivity.

2 thoughts on “Oily skin remedies and what cosmetic companies don’t want to tell you

  1. Maura says:

    Certainly, alcohol is bad for the skin! Thankfully, many people know that now.

    But once oil production is under control (e.g., with hormone regulation or sebum-regulating ingredients like zinc or geranium), pore size *can* be reduced if collagen and elastin are stimulated deep within the skin. Stretched pores are like scars–problematic, but reversible to some extent. I imagine that is why vitamin A derivatives and laser therapy can be helpful.

    Please do not be so hasty with statements like, “Despite the tons of information I have studied on skin care over the years, I have yet to personally find one shred of scientific evidence, that backs up the claim that pores on the surface of the skin can be reduced.”

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Maura

      Agreed not ever cynic should be versus believer but honestly in all my 20 plus years of working with skin, I have never been able to permanently reduce pore size and I think my readers have a right to know that some manufacturers are giving out misleading information – partly because they don’t understand skin themselves.Samantha

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