What's Your Type: Oily Skin?
Let's start with this statement . . . OILY SKIN is just THAT. Acne is NOT a skin type it is a skin condition. People with oily skin are prone to acne but does not mean you will automatically have acne. Make sense? Keep reading!
Quite frankly, oily skin is the exact opposite of dry skin. Dry skin is known as alipidic skin; therefore, oily skin is known as lipidic skin meaning it is characterized by an excess of sebum (oil) production. People with oily skin have larger, more visible follicles (often called pores). Due to these two key factors, oily skin is more susceptible and prone to blemishes*, dead skin and oil buildup within the follicle.
Now, oily skin does have at least one pro and that is . . . they age slower. This is a direct result of the protection offered by oil secretion. When it comes to skin and maintaining healthy skin it's all about balance. Whether you have dry skin or oily skin (polar opposites), there must be a sort of balance. When it comes to maintaining and improving the health of oily skin we must take into account the need to thoroughly cleanse the skin without stripping it and moisturizing without clogging it.
Therefore, we want to be the first to debunk the idea, concept or misconception that you need to cleanse oily skin more than twice a day or don't need a moisturizer. FALSE! Oily skin benefits from a routine that includes products that help lift dirt, oils and pollutants from the skin without stripping the skin, water-based and non-comedogenic products. You may want that "squeaky clean" feeling but it may not be to your benefit. Unfortunately, stripping the skin can do more harm than good. It can send the body into maximum over drive to protect itself by producing more oil which leads to a downward spiral of problems. Water-based products are lightweight, absorb fairly quickly and do not sit on top of the skin. In most case, these are non-comedogenic products meaning they do not clog pores.
People will oily skin would benefit most from deep pore cleansing or facials, at least once a month to decongest and cleanse the follicles. Well what about acne? We'll talk about that in a different blog. Remember acne is a skin condition not a skin type (genetic).