Oily skin? No problem!


We all dream to shine in our life but not on our face.  So we often ask, why I have oily skin and what can I do about it since oily skin is much more prone to acne breakouts than dry skin?

Before we ask these questions to expert, we should understand the basics of our skin.  The oil formed in our face is called sebum produced by the sebaceous glands.  Sebum is actually a necessary part of maintaining healthy skin.  Sebum travels from the sebaceous glands to the surface through the pores to moisturize, hydrate and protect the various layers that make up our skin.  Our face is the oiliest part of the body as it’s where the majority of the sebaceous glands are located.  Naturally, oily skin can be attributed to pore size as larger pores can indicate a larger oil-producing gland.  Other factors can contribute to the overproduction of sebum as well, such as over-washing or tanning, which tends to dry-out the skin, triggering the glands to create more oil to replace what was just stripped away.  Ultimately, the production of excess sebum comes down to a hormonal imbalance, which can trigger these glands to produce more oil.  This can result in acne symptoms, as too much sebum can become trapped within the pore, leading to breakouts.

Steps to Manage Your Oily Skin:
When it comes to oily skin, there are some actions you can take to keep the problem of excessive oiliness at a manageable level.


For people with oily skin, forehead, nose and chin can serve as a constant source of aggravation.  Most women try to get rid of the shine with a compact powder; however, applying a layer of makeup to an oily complexion can potentially lead to clogged pores.  Pressing a sheet of blotting paper onto the face will properly absorb oil but even if you are out of blotting papers, a single ply of any napkin will do a wonder.


Keeping the surface of your skin clean is essential.  Many people wash their faces frequently until they’re left with a spot-clean complexion, but this can actually trigger the production of even more sebum in an effort to hydrate, which can lead to more oil or even acne.  Anything labeled “acne-fighting” is typically good for treating oily skin, so cleansers using ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids can help erase oil as a temporary fix.  Washing your face with a gentle, foaming cleanser morning and night will usually suffice.


Most people actually have combination complexion of dry skin and oily skin, i.e., the sides of the cheeks and along the jaws are the dry areas whereas, typically around the forehead, nose and chin are the oily areas.  While applying an oil-absorbing clay or charcoal mask can extract impurities from the pores, as well as dry out excess oil on the surface.  It is important to remember only to apply to these oily areas, as a clay mask on dry skin can result in irritation or flaky skin.


Many people with oily skin think that moisturizers will only contribute to the problem, but keeping the surface of the skin hydrated is an important part of maintaining healthy skin.  An oil-free moisturizer applied to clean skin can help to ensure glowing skin.

Keeping your complexion clean and free of excess oil, dirt and debris is a very important part of remaining acne-free.  As a consolation, research reveals that oily skin is the best protection against aging, sagging and wrinkles.  Last but not the least, a regimen like Acnes Mentholatum® Pure White Wash and Acnes Mentholatum® Pure White Cream can come in handy ensuring that the oil being produced is only enough to properly hydrate the skin.


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