Oily skin is a common skin type characterized by an overproduction of sebum, which is the natural oil produced by the skin (we need this). Excess oil can lead to a shiny appearance, as well as large pores, blackheads, and acne. Oily skin can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, hormonal changes (teen and adult years), and certain skincare products.
To determine if you have Oily Skin, you can try the following:
- Pay attention to how your skin looks and feels throughout the day. Does it appear shiny or feel greasy, especially in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin)?
- Check your skin at the end of the day. Does it feel oily to the touch?
How to support Oily Skin:
Proper skincare, including using products that are non-comedogenic and gentle on the skin, can help balance the symptoms of oily skin. The goal should not be to dry out and remove all oil from the skin, which will lead to more oil production.
Sample skincare routine steps for Oily Skin:
- Cleanse: Use a gentle, low foam, oil-free cleanser to remove excess oil and impurities from the skin. Look for ingredients such as salicylic acid, which can help keep pores clean.
- Tone: Use a toner to balance the skin's pH and remove any remaining impurities. Look for ingredients such as Niacinamide or Tea tree oil, which can help control oil production.
- Treat: Apply a treatment product, such as a serum or spot treatment, such as Vitamin C (AM) and Retinol (PM), which can help control oil production and improve the overall appearance of the skin.
- Moisturize: Use a light, non clogging moisturizer to hydrate the skin without adding excess oil. Look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, which can help keep the skin hydrated without clogging pores.
- Sunscreen: Apply an oil free sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect the skin from sun damage.