Oily skin is one of the most prevalent dermatological issues, and there is a lot of confusion surrounding what it really needs. But what’s the truth? Let’s find out together!
Oily skin, also known as seborrhea in the skin care world, is characterized by an overproduction of sebum. Sebum is the natural oil that your sebaceous gland produce to keep the skin healthy and hydrated.
People with oily skin generally have visible and enlarged looking pores, a shiny complexion, and may suffer with frequent acne breakouts.
Though oily skin is mostly associated with puberty, the condition is mostly influenced by factors like genetics.
By understanding what oily skin really is, sorting what’s fact from fiction can be much easier.
By washing your face multiple times a day, some people think that it can help get rid of the excess oil.
Due to the loss of vital moisture from over-washing, your skin may overcompensate by producing even more oil. Stick to washing your face twice a day with a gentle, oil-free cleanser.
Because oily skin produces a lot of sebum, many think that it requires cleansers that are stronger to get rid of the excess oil.
Like any other skin type, oily skin needs balance. Skin is deprived of its own natural lipids and sebum when using overly drying cleansers, which sets off a vicious cycle of dehydration that can irritate skin and make oiliness worse.
When choosing a cleanser for oily skin, look out for a mild non-stripping which eliminates extra oil without removing the skin’s natural lipid barrier.
Many people with oily skin think that they don’t need a daily moisturizer.
Though it sounds contradicting, oily skin does need moisturizer to get by. Using a moisturizer can actually help in controlling the amount of oil that your skin produces. Without a moisturizer, your skin would get Your skin would get dry, and it would start to overcompensate by creating more oil.
When choosing a moisturizer, look out for one specially suited for oily skin-made with a lightweight non-comedogenic(non-clogging) formula like our Ruby Glow Body Butter.
Because of the visible oil on the face, some people may think that the condition is a result of poor hygiene. This misconception may drive many into into over-cleansing their faces.
While maintaining good hygiene is important, overproduction of sebum has nothing to do with it. Genetics, hormones, and environmental factors all play a role in oil production.
Additionally, diet can also have a role in your oily skin. Studies have shown that a diet high in refined sugars and unhealthy fats can contribute to oily skin. Incorporating more whole foods, fruits, and vegetables can help balance your skin’s oil production.
While they may be convenient, blotting sheets only absorb excess oil temporarily. It’s important to address the root cause of your oily skin to see lasting improvement.
Finding the right combination of products for your skin can help regulate oil production and keep your skin healthy. If you’re in doubt, consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional for personalized recommendations.
Understanding the truths and myths surrounding oily skin can help you take control of your skincare routine. Remember to stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, and prioritize gentle, non-comedogenic products to keep your oily skin in check. Because you are a GEM.