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Oily Skin: The Ultimate Guide & Skin Care Routine

Oily skin: Skincare tips to balance oil production - blog | YEARN SKIN

Everybody's skin produces oil. Your sebaceous glands produce sebum, an oily or waxy substance that moisturises and protects your skin and hair. Oily skin happens when your glands produce too much sebum, which can lead to a greasy surface, clogged pores, and acne. Oily skin is perfectly normal.

Although oily skin can clog pores and lead to increased acne breakouts, oily skin also has many benefits. Oil helps preserve the skin, and people with oily skin tend to have thicker skin and fewer wrinkles. The key is to strike a balance between having too much oil and maintaining your skin’s natural moisture.

To help control oily skin, dermatologists recommend the following tips:

  • DO wash your face every morning, evening, and after exercise. While washing, resist the temptation to scrub your skin, even to remove makeup. Scrubbing irritates your skin, which can make it look worse.
  • DO choose skin care products that are labeled “oil free” and “noncomedogenic.” This means that products that have these labels — including cleansers, moisturisers and makeup — won’t clog your pores or cause acne.
  • DO use a gentle, foaming face wash. Many people believe that they need to use a strong face wash for oily skin in order to dry out their skin. However, using a face wash that is too harsh can irritate your skin and trigger increased oil production. Instead, look for a mild, gentle face wash.
  • DON’T use oil-based or alcohol-based cleansers. These can irritate your skin.
  • DO apply moisturiser daily. Although you have oily skin, it is still important to apply moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. To save time and protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, look for a moisturiser that also contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • DO wear sunscreen outdoors. Sunscreen helps prevent sun damage that could lead to wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer. To prevent acne breakouts, look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and do not use sunscreens that contain fragrance or oils.
  • DO choose oil-free, water-based makeup.
  • DON’T sleep in your makeup. Always remove all makeup before going to sleep.
  • DO use blotting papers throughout the day. Gently press the paper against your face and leave it on for a few seconds to absorb the oil. Don’t rub the paper on your face, as this will spread the oil to other areas.
  • DON’T touch your face throughout the day. Although it’s tempting to touch your face, doing so can spread dirt, oil and bacteria from your hands to your face. Only touch your face when you’re cleansing, moisturising or applying sunscreen or makeup, and make sure your hands are clean first.

Every person’s skin is different, and there is no "one size fits all" approach to skin care. If you are concerned about the amount of oil your skin is producing or if you’re struggling with blackheads or acne, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

Salicylic acid, niacinamide, AHA's and BHA's are some of the most effective active ingredients to clear and exfoliate the skin. These ingredients are commonly found in treatments made for acne-prone and oil skin types, helping to target breakouts, exfoliate at a deep level and remove excess sebum. 

 Skincare guide for oily skin: 

    1. Cleanser: Niacinamide Cleansing Gel, perfect for a gentle cleanse without stripping the skin.
    2. Exfoliator: 5% Glycolic Exfoliating Tonic; necessary at least 2 times a week to remove excess oil, dry skin and keep the pores unclogs or use a mask such as our...
    3. Mask: Acne & Oil Control Mask, to clean out pores and reduce oil production 
    4. Serum: Acne & Oil Control Serum to balance oil production
    5. Always use a good light weight moisturiser (preferably water-based) and SPF (during the day time) to nourish and protect the skin.


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