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Tips for Oily Skin - How to Reduce Oily Skin

We get a lot of questions on different skin types, so in this blog we decided to catch up with our Skin Therapist Lindsey and ask her all about how to tackle oily skin and get some skincare and product recommendations!

Where does oil come from?

The oil produced within the skin is called sebum which is produced in the sebaceous gland and makes up part of the hair follicle. There are 3 types of hair follicle found on the skin, the vellus hair follicle, The terminal hair follicle, and the sebaceous hair follicle. The sebaceous follicle is often multi lobular which means it has more than one sebaceous gland producing oil; these glands are mainly found on the T-zone, chest, upper back and the tops of the arms, which explains why these are the oilier areas of skin.

Oily skin is genetic, however, it is normal for most skin types to experience some increases in oil production in these mentioned areas throughout the day and at times of hormone fluctuations.  We can identify an oily skin due to slight differences in appearance and texture, oily skin will have what we describe as open pores, it will appear shiny, greasy to touch and in some cases skin texture will be course.

What time is it normal to have an oily shine? What are the characteristics of oily skin?

It is normal to have an oily shine around midday, if you are experiencing an oily shine earlier in the day then this would indicate that you have an oily skin type. Having excess oil on the skin can leave us more vulnerable to other skin conditions such as blackheads, congestion and breakouts all of these issues can be managed with healthy skincare habits.

How should I manage my oily skin?  

When we have excess oil we often feel we need to strip the oil from the skin, this is a common mistake and unfortunately it will lead to dehydration and increased sensitivity, over time you may find your skin gets oilier. Over-processing is also a common mistake, over-cleansing, overuse of product, and over-exfoliation.

To manage and control the skin’s oil production we suggest a thorough double cleanse morning and night, foaming face washes that are PH balanced to the skin will effectively clean the skin without stripping and drying. Your toner should be designed to reduce oil production on a cellular level rather than stripping the excess oil off the skin’s surface. Even with the excess oil production, it is still very important to apply a moisturiser as they help to maintain healthy hydration levels in the skin and often include anti-oxidant ingredients that protect the skin from free radical damage. We would also suggest that exfoliation is included as exfoliation will help to reduce the number of blackheads, breakouts and congestion you experience; twice a week team your exfoliation with a clay-based mask. The clay in the mask will work to absorb excess oil, this will help to tighten and constrict the opening of the sebaceous follicle and skin will appear less porous.

Ingredients to look out for: Witch hazel a natural astringent, Zinc PCA to regulate oil production, Sodium Ascorbol Phosphate to reduce blackheads, Mattifying agents to absorb oil and reduce shine, fruit acids and enzymes to reduce risk of congestion, and green clay to absorb excess Sebum.

SKINICIAN product recommendations:

Purifying Cleansing Gel

Purifying Toner

Purifying Day Cream SPF 30

Purifying Mask

And either Advanced Pro Radiance Enzyme Cleanser for mild daily exfoliation

or Advanced Pro Radiance Enzyme Peel twice a week.

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