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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Sides of Oily Skin and How To Effectively Manage It

In order to end this entry on a positive note, let’s first explore the downsides of having oily skin.

What exactly  does it mean to have oil skin?

Our skin type is determined by the size of our pores and the amount of oil or sebum that’s produced and secreted. And in the case of oily skin type, the pores are larger over most of the face – usually across the forehead, cheeks and chin also known as the “T-Zone.”

Why do we even need sebum/oil?

Without sebum we’d look like we were 86 at the ripe young age 26, which, let me tell you ladies isn’t all that attractive or a selling point to a potential suitor, but I digress. The real answer is that besides acting as a lubricant, sebum also protects the outermost layer of our skin (the epidermis) from external factors. And to that I say, thank goodness for small favors.

What can you look forward to if you have oily skin?

Luckily, the downsides of having oily skin don’t number in the thousands, but to just to two to three significant ones: the elevated oil secretion makes this skin type prone to acne breakouts due to the pores becoming clogged with oil and the buildup of dead skin cells. The next issue to arise are blemishes which are the after-effects of breakouts. And lastly, excess oil production makes the skin appear thicker.
The goal for all five skin types; oily, combination, sensitive, dry, normal is to balance the oil levels on the surface of the skin, but the major mistake people with oily skin make because they’re so frustrated with looking like a grease slick because of the amount of oil that’s being produced is they tend to over-cleanse which strips the skin and overdries it which then exposes it to irritation. Listen to me closely ladies, I’m sorry to disappoint, but you can’t wash the oil away. What essentially happens when you overdry your face is you leave it unbalanced and you make your skin work that much harder to produce oil.

Are there any upsides to having oily skin?

Absolutely! The most notable benefit of oily skin is that is staves off wrinkles for years on end because of all of the great lubrication.
What’s the best way to treat & manage oily skin?

The best way to manage oily skin is to regularly exfoliate, also known as sloughing off dead skin cells at least two to three times weekly. Always use water-based moisturizers, and if we talk makeup, use water-based liquid foundations. Use foamy cleansers, and use astringents to remove residual makeup and dirt from your face. NOTE: Never ever ever use soap as it’s way too drying.

If it’s in your budget, go to an esthetician once every four to six weeks to get a really good deep cleansing which involves steaming and the clearing of blackheads from your impacted pores. If your oily skin becomes a problem beyond what you’re able to manage on your own then seek the advice of a dermatologist.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.