What is oily skin?

Oily skin is characterized by a thick, shiny appearance with visible large pores. This makes the skin prone to blackheads, blemishes, acne, and other skin imperfections. Oily skin occurs in men more than women and can significantly affect younger persons, specifically adolescents. The good news is that according to experts, oily skin can delay the effects of aging as the grease absorbs some of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, and the sebum also helps the skin to stay moisturized.[3] In this way, oily skin protects the skin from sun damage and keeps it hydrated to prevent dryness. People with naturally oily skin tend to have fewer wrinkles.

What causes oily skin?

Oily skin affects people of all ages. It’s a natural spectrum and is probably genetic in origin. So, if your parents have oily skin, then you are more likely to have it as well. Hormonal changes can also be responsible for oily skin. Fluctuations in hormones can stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Another factor that can contribute to oily skin is the weather. A sudden rise in heat and humidity during spring and summer can accelerate oil production.[5] In contrast, when the air becomes too dry during the winter season, the skin can get dehydrated and excess oil may occur as the body’s way to compensate with the situation. Simple skin-care routines such as over washing or scrubbing can also cause oily skin. Whatever’s causing your oily skin, there are things you can do to control it to achieve a radiant skin with less shine.

What is the treatment for oily skin?

The first step in caring for oily skin is to assess your current daily skin-care routine. Using products that may make your skin feel less oily may seem like a good idea, at least initially, but in the long run using such ingredients might result in bad side effects. Oil production is increased by irritation, so stronger products are not recommended.

How to treat oily skin?

Cleansers

Use a gentle facial cleanser at least twice a day. Most dermatologists agree and recommend that cleansing the skin with a gentle, pH balanced cleanser (with pH of 5.5 to 7) such as Neue’s Green Tea Cleanser is the best way to manage oil production.[6] You may also need different cleansers depending on the weather.

Toner/Spritz

Use an alcohol-free toner loaded with antioxidants. Hydrating Spritzes such as Neue’s Floral Spritz contains Witch Hazel which is ideal for an oily skin. Most people with oily skin tented to want to dry out the oil resulting in a dehydrated skin.

Serums

Serums such as Neue’s Glow, Aqua and Firm. Glow containing 10% Vitamin B3 helps to visibly improve enlarged pores, which are common with someone with an oily skin. Aqua containing Liquorice and Hyaluronic Acid to help soothe and hydrate the skin. Lastly Firm which contains Retinol, Vitamin C and Amino Acids which softens and smooths the skin while helping with sun damage and large pores. Great for someone with Acne Prone skins.

Moisturisers

Although people with oily skin tend to avoid moisturisers, it is still important to protect the skin from dehydration. Our skin is composed of natural oils, and to balance oil production by the sebaceous glands properly, we need to avoid oil-free products as it will only result in overproduction of natural oils by the skin, thus creating blemishes and breakouts. Our H2O moisturiser has incredible hydrating qualities from the marine extracts and vitamins in its formulation. It has a very light consistency and will not feel greasy on an oily skin.

Skin Exfoliation

If you have an oily skin, you might have an extra-thick layer of dead skin cells which accumulated on the skin surface, along with the thick pores. Neue’s Bamboo Skin Polish with ground bamboo and enzymes of Pawpaw and Pineapple provides many benefits. It lifts away dull, dry skin to improve texture and clarity. Extracts of rosemary, calendula and cucumber help tone and illuminate the complexion. Also helping to remove dead skin cells, leaving skin looking fresh, new and radiant.

References:

  • 1. Powell. F. (n.d). Rosacea: Diagnosis and Management, page 9.
  • 2. Cheung, T. (1999). Androgen Disorders in Women: The Most Neglected Hormone Problem, page 59.
  • 3. Gould, F. (2005). Aromatherapy Anatomy and Physiology for Holistic Therapists, page 25.
  • 4. Kim, J., et al (2012). Comprehensive Aesthetic Rejuvenation: A Regional Approach, page 8.
  • 5. Tkac, D. (1990). The Doctors book of home remedies: thousands of tips and techniques anyone can use to heal everyday health problems, page 458.
  • 6. Schalock, P., et al (2010). Lippincott’s Primary Care Dermatology, page 30.
  • 7. Lees, M. (2012). Skin Care: Beyond the Basics, page 18.