A Little Bit Oily

Everybody’s skin has millions of pores that produce sebum, commonly called oil. Sebum has several roles, including protecting and naturally hydrating the skin. However, when the skin produces too much sebum, the symptoms of oily skin appear. People with oily skin have a greasy surface, particularly in the T-zone and clogged pores.

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Possible causes of oily skin

Oily skin is a natural, common skin type. However, some people with oily skin feel social anxiety toward the situation. Oily skin also requires a regular skincare routine to keep the shine under control. This skin type is mainly genetic, but hormones, age, climate, and enlarged pores are possible causes. Oily skin has also brought the following 5 myths to the surface. Understanding if these are true can help those with oily skin manage the issue better.

1. Oily skin does not need moisturizer

There’s a common misconception that oily skin does not need moisturizing. Many believe that adding the hydrating effects of moisturizers only makes things worse. The opposite is true. The pores produce oil to hydrate the skin naturally. When there is a lack of hydration, the skin has more oil. Using a daily moisturizer with humectants and ceramides keeps oil under control.

2. Omega-3s and other fats make oily skin worse

People with oily skin believe that fats found in food encourages oily skin. Some even avoid fatty foods filled with omega-3s. However, these healthy fats can stabilize stress hormones and reduce inflammation. Both can trigger the hormones needed for sebum production.

3. Oily skin causes acne

Oily skin does contribute to acne as oil can clog pores. Pores filled with dirt, bacteria, dead skin cells, and oil are the primary reasons for acne. However, oily skin is not the leading cause. Hormones, diet, skin care products, and environmental triggers play a much more significant role in acne.

4. Sunscreen makes oily skin worse

Prolonged exposure without sunscreen damages the skin and increases the risk of skin cancer. Due to the thick, oily consistency of sunscreens, people with oily skin avoid the product. However, all skin types are prone to sun damage and need sunscreen. Use a lighter formulation or try an oil-free moisturizer with SPF.

5. You should wash oily skin often

Keeping skin clean and hydrated is essential. However, too much water strips away the skin’s natural oils. This excess dryness triggers more oil production, causing an unwanted cycle. Limit face washing to 1-2 times daily and exfoliating 2-3 times weekly.

Get oil under control

Oily skin can be a nuisance, even disrupting the quality of life. However, there are some ways to keep oil in check. Try proper hydration and supplements like omega-3s. A solid skincare routine is also essential for keeping oil production low.


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