What is oily skin?
Oily skin (seborrhea) is caused by excess skin oil (sebum). Oil glands go into overdrive during puberty and makes skin look oily. This oily appearance normally subsides to some degree after puberty, but can persist into adulthood, and is often seasonal, coinciding with humid weather. There are some advantages and disadvantages for having oily skin. For example: Oily skin helps skin age more slowly and get fewer fine lines while pimple breakouts and acnes are the biggest drawback of oily skin.
What Causes Oily Skin in Men?
Sebaceous glands that lie underneath your skin are responsible for protecting your skin with natural lubrication (oils) called sebum. This is all good and normal but men also have a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in their body. This hormone is one of the basic building blocks of what makes you a man. However, a higher level of DHT in the body causes over production of sebum, leaving your skin looking greasy and oily. Many men have oily skin but it also has some benefits. Oily skin tends to age much better than dry skin. So when everyone else looks wrinkled and tired, your skin will be firmer and more energized.
Medications and Treatments
Since you now know oily skin is a function of being a man, you should understand it comes with the territory of being a man. Here are a few skin care tips for men with oily skin to get that clear, no shine complexion:
- Cleanse and exfoliate
Wash your face properly and twice a day to reduce the shine that comes with oily skin. Don’t over wash your skin because it produces excessive dryness and irritation which might result in pimple breakouts.
Be careful when you exfoliate though – excessively scrubbing can actually cause over drying, and as mentioned above, excess oil production. Men with oily skin need to be as gentle with their skin as a guy with sensitive skin.
- Avoid stringent, harsh soaps and alcohols
These dry and irritate the skin. You may have read that the use of such products causes the skin to compensate by producing more oil. There exists no scientific evidence to support this, but anecdotally many people find this to be the case. Regardless, these products irritate the skin, and irritation of the skin can result in acne.
- Choose right shaving method
Alcohol is a well-known skin irritant and excessively dries out the skin. Make sure to avoid men’s shaving creams and men’s aftershave’s that have alcohol in their ingredients. The best shave cream for men and the best aftershave for men will contain no alcohol. Try to avoid men’s aftershaves that contain menthol as much as you can. While it might give a great “tingly” feeling, it too will over dry your face leading to excess oil production.
- Moisturize regularly
People often assume that oily skin doesn’t need moisture but the truth is that without it, extra oil is formed as a layer of protection. Oil production and keeping your face moisturized are two different things. Use an oil free face moisturizer for men once a day, either in the morning or before you go to bed. The best face moisturizer for men with oily skin will be very lightweight, able to sink into the skin and not sit on top of it.