Oily skin can be a real problem for some of us. So why do you get it and how can you manage it? We give you the lowdown.
What causes oily skin?
The truth is some of us are simply born with more oily skin – and this is a result of our genes. But age, environment and certain medications can also cause oily skin.
Some people develop more oily skin as they age, especially during menopause. Whilst others may have oily skin as a teenager and find that it becomes drier as they get older.
Environment can also have an impact on how oily our skin is. Lifestyle factors like smoking, drinking alcohol and living in a humid environment can cause the skin to produce more oil. As can some medications such as oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy and certain steroids.
So what can you do if you have oily skin?
Oily skin is not necessarily a big problem. You just need to manage it right and sometimes that can take a little bit of experimenting with your skincare regime and products. Some basic guidelines to keep in mind are:
- Do not over wash or over exfoliate. This can irritate skin and lead to an increase in oil production. It can be so tempting to wash and scrub away the oil, but overly vigorous cleaning and exfoliating will not reduce your oil production. The best option is to use a light and gentle cleanser twice a day and remove with a clean face cloth.
- Avoid alcohol-based, menthol and benzyl peroxide products. Many products formulated specifically for acne initially dry out the skin. This may feel good to start with but they are so irritating and drying that there is inevitably a rebound in excessive oil production. Meanwhile some toners are menthol based and these can be a severe irritant. The last thing you want to do is irritate your skin, because when this happens the skin tries to protect itself and one of the ways of doing this is to produce more oil.
- Keep your skin regime extremely simple. Oily skin does not need a lot of moisturising and some moisturisers can block pores leading to break-outs.
- Wear sunscreen every single day. Everyone needs sun protection and all too often people with oily skin avoid it because it is perceived as being excessively greasy and adding to their skin issues. But it all depends on choosing the right sunscreen. Oasis Sun is ideal as it is nice and light and has no greasy residue. In fact our dermatology nurse, Susan, tells us "I have had so many patients with acne or oily skin who have switched to Oasis Sun and have been delighted with the results".
- Keep makeup to a minimum. A BB Cream and a light dusting of mineral powder is more than enough to even out your complexion.
Of course, we’re all different and you need to find a skincare regime that works for you and your skin. But if you’re looking for ideas, here are a couple of sample skincare regimes from our resident cosmetic nurse, Susan. These Oasis Beauty regimes will keep your oil production under control and have your skin looking radiant and healthy:
Cleanse: Light Milk Skin Facial Cleanser. A gentle, non-greasy cleanser with natural antibacterial ingredients that keep your skin clean without stripping the natural oils. Massage in and rinse off with water or a clean damp face cloth.
Treat and Refresh: Berry Tonic. Use this like a toner or as a spritz. With watermelon, chamomile and strawberry extracts, this will stimulate and refresh your skin.
Hydrate and Protect: There are two options here. Knock Out is a daily moisturiser + SPF25 formulated for oily and sensitive skin. It hydrates without any greasy residue and helps combat blemishes naturally. Alternatively, you can try Oasis Sun SPF 30. With naturally hydrating and organic ingredients, it protects your skin from the sun and dries completely matte. It's also a perfect base for your BB Cream.
Cleanse: Light Skin Facial Milk Cleanser. Massage in and use a clean damp face cloth to remove any excess makeup. This is a good way to get some gentle, mechanical exfoliation.
Treat and Refresh: Berry Tonic. With powerful, natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, Berry Tonic can produce visibly clearer skin. It also contains strawberry extract which helps to control oil production naturally,
Assess: Does your skin need a night time moisturiser? Night cream isn't always necessary and can be too much if you have excessively oily skin.
If you choose to use night cream, try Beauty Sleep. A light, non-greasy replenishing cream to support skin repair and health.
Twice a week, treat yourself to a Fruit Smoothie face mask. Apply thickly and evenly across the face and leave for 20 minutes. Natural Kaolin clay draws out impurities and excess oil and the powerful enzymatic action of pineapple, papaya and pink grapefruit leaves your skin looking radiant without any stinging, tightness or redness.
Got a skin care issue you'd like some advice on? Then book a free, online consultation with our dermatology nurse, Susan.