Does your skin have an oily or greasy feel, and appear shiny with enlarged pores and regular outbreaks? It is likely you have oily skin which could be a result of genetics or hormones.
While oily skin is commonly associated with teenagers due to the hormonal changes they’re experiencing, it’s certainly not exclusive to this group; there are many adults who still suffer from breakouts and skin congestion due to their oily skin type throughout their lifetime.
First and foremost, it is of utmost importance to ensure you are washing your face properly twice a day to remove excess oil and sebum. We recommend a double cleanse – that’s applying cleanser to your face twice each time you wash it – to be certain you’ve both removed any makeup, dirt and excess oil, and then returned your skin to pH balance. If your skin is prone to outbreaks thanks to its oiliness, a non-foaming cleanser with anti-bacterial properties will ensure breakout-causing bacteria is removed, as well as keeping your skin at its optimum pH. We prefer non-foaming cleansers, as foaming cleansers are often more alkaline in pH which can lead to damage to your lipid barrier, allowing bacteria to penetrate the skin and potentially cause outbreaks.
Once we enter our 20s, our skin’s natural ability to exfoliate itself begins to slow. As such, it’s also likely you may need to exfoliate oily skin so as to ensure built-up dead skin cells are removed and stopped from mixing with excess sebum, which can lead to congestion of your pores.
While it might seem logical to assume that an oily skin type might need to be “dried out” in order to control the oil production, oily skins still need to be hydrated in order to keep them healthy and calm and it’s actually possible for an oily skin to be dehydrated if it is lacking water in the upper cell layers. When this occurs, you skin will try to counter the dryness by producing even more oil. As such, it’s important to ensure you are using products which provide hydration; ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera are ideal if you don’t like the feel of an oil-based product.
On the whole, the aim of the game is to protect the integrity of an oily skin type; rather than stripping the skin of its oil, to instead work to balance the flow of the excess oil while still hydrating it and keeping it protected.
Below you will find a range of products which may help to treat oily skin. If you are seeking skincare suitable for treating oily and problematic teenage skin, we strongly recommend our Clear Skin range. Products which contain highly active ingredients such as Glycolic Acid, are often too strong for very young skins.
The good news is oily skin types are generally thicker, and therefore more robust, meaning your skin should be slower to show the signs of ageing than other types.
If you are unsure as to which products might be best suited to help you control your oily skin, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. We are pleased to offer our customers access to expert advice from our highly trained therapists via live chat, a live online skin consultation, or our consultation card.