skin care for oily skin
Skin Type Spotlight

Skin Type Spotlight: Oily Skin

October 27, 2020

Do you have trouble managing oily skin? Learn more about this skin type and what you can do to manage the shine—read on!

In the last blog, we talked about skin care for normal skin. Up next in this series, we’ll be focusing on skin care for oily skin. 

What is the oily skin type?

The first thing that you think of when we’re talking about oily skin is shine and excessive sebum production on your face, but the truth is this depends on the time of day and on your exposure to different environmental elements. People with oily skin will have enlarged pores, either a dull or a thick, shiny complexion, and blemishes such as pimples and blackheads. 

According to dermatologists, you’ll be able to tell if you have oily skin by observing how it behaves after washing. You’ll feel like you already put on moisturizer within the hour after washing your face, and you’ll be needing to use blotting paper a lot. People with oily skin will also notice their makeup sliding off the face easily because of the excess oil. 

Oily skin type is genetic—this means if your parents have oily skin, and your siblings have oily skin, chances are you inherited that skin type as well.

What should people with oily skin focus on?

Because oily skin is genetic, there’s no permanent solution to it—but you can manage your sebum production effectively with the right ingredients. What you want to focus on is controlling the shine and the oil. 

You’ll need to look at the right ingredients for this though (see next section). The good news is because your skin is oily, you have a higher tolerance for products that may irritate other skin types easily. The bad news is if you do your skin care routine wrong, you could be stripping your skin of too much oil, removing its protective layer and making your skin dry… which then triggers the production of more sebum. It’s a cycle that you need to stop. 

Skin care tips for people with oily skin

People with oily skin benefit best from products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid penetrates deep into your pores and can break down oil, helping control your sebum. Benzoyl peroxide helps exfoliate the skin, breaking down dead skin cells and getting rid of sebum build-up in your pores along the way. 

A simple four-step routine is a good start: 

  1. Cleanse in the morning and the evening with a salicylic acid cleanser like the SMACNE Exfoliating Cleanser. Your skin can handle more intense cleansing twice a day, and will need it because your skin is constantly producing oil and getting rid of dead skin cells, which can mix and cause buildup in your pores. Your skin is also able to handle exfoliating cleansers better than other skin types. 
  2. Use toner. An exfoliating cleanser that helps control your skin’s oil production will help you the most. Look for ingredients such as glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid. 
  3. Treat specific concerns  using spot treatments and serums. This is where you can use your benzoyl peroxide—a spot benzoyl peroxide treatment for acne and blemishes will help clear your skin. 
  4. Moisturize. You may think you don’t need this anymore because your skin is already oily, but one of the reasons your skin may be oily is because it’s not retaining enough moisture, which then triggers the brain to produce more sebum. Moisturize in the morning and at night—just choose lighter, water-based moisturizers instead of the thicker, oil- or cream-based ones. 

With the right ingredients and a healthy skin care routine, you’ll be able to control the shine and the acne breakouts because of your oily skin. 

Make sure to check back for the next blog in this series! We’ll be talking about dry skin so stay tuned!

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