Oily skin is usually shiny, thick, dull colored and wet – it can be pretty frustrating. Oily skin (so called “seborrhea”) is caused by excess skin oil (sebum). In most cases skin oiliness is determined by genetics. In this type of skin, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed – oil glands go into overdrive and the skin takes on an oily look. Common problems of oily skin are pores, acne, pimples, blackness, blemishes or impurities. Every woman should know details of oily skin care.
Some women could have oily skin in only very specific areas and dry or normal skin in other places. This condition usually called “combination skin”.
In most cases skin become oily at puberty when hormones (mainly androgens) signal the oil glands of the skin to mature and produce increased levels of sebum. In general, skin tends to become dryer with age. During women “hormonal storms” (pregnancy or menopause), hormonal imbalances can also upset the oil balance and increase the activity of sebaceous glands. Oily skin can be seasonal, coinciding with humid weather.
Skin experts noted that oily skin slow down the skin aging and prevent wrinkles.
In most cases gentle cleansing is essential for oily skin. Always remember that many skin products claiming to eliminate shine and reduce oil actually make matters worse because they contain ingredients that irritate your skin and trigger more oil production. Select your skin products properly and read all instructions.
Oily skin care tips
Oily skin care
If you feel your face getting oily during the day, it is recommended to use just blotting papers and medicated pad (if you’re wearing makeup) or cool water (if you are not wearing makeup) – for removing the excess skin oil. Both blotting paper and medicated pad are portable allowing you to freshen up your face no matter where you are (in the office, on date, at friends, etc.)
Wash your face twice a day (not more, not less) – in the morning and before going to bed. Often face washing can strip your skin of all the natural moisturizers and increase skin oil production by sebaceous glands.
Never scrub your face as this can stimulate excessive skin oil production.
Women with oily skin should never escape daily skin care routine and always should choose good quality oily skin care products (gentle cleansers, specifically recommended for acne and oily skin).
Remember that slippery lip glosses can easily slid off your lips to the area around your mouth, causing extra oiliness and blemishes.
Never leave makeup on your face, and try to avoid wearing makeup on a daily basis unless it is specifically designed for oily skin types.
Oily skin moisturizer should be properly selected – it should be water based or oil-free. Concentrated creams and heavy moisturizers are not recommended.
Oily skin needs exfoliation once a week to help loosen and remove dirt and oil in skin pores.
Sunscreen should be applied to protect skin from sun exposure, skin damages and following excessive skin oil production.
Never touch your face unless necessary. Never pop or squeeze pimples.
Pillow case should be changed regularly (every 2-3 days) because during sleep the oil from your face transfers to the pillow case, so you are literally sleeping on tiny oils and dead skin cells.
Skin is a mirror of your inside – eat well balanced healthy food and drink enough water (about 1.5-2 liter) for skin proper hydration.
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.