☀️ What Is Oily Skin?
The overproduction of sebum or oil by the sebaceous glands causes oily skin. These glands are found beneath the surface of the skin. Sebum is a fat-based greasy material. Sebum isn't all terrible; it protects and moisturizes your skin, as well as keeps your hair lustrous and healthy. However, too much sebum can cause oily skin, which can lead to closed pores and acne. Sebum production can be boosted by genetics, hormonal changes, or even stress, apart from poor oil skin care.
☀️ How To Tell If You Have Oily Skin?
If your skin has any of the following characteristics, you have oily skin:
- Your skin seems lustrous, and later in the day, it appears oily.
- Makeup doesn't appear to stay on and "slides" off.
- Blackheads, pimples, and other kinds of acne may be found in the oilier parts of your face.
- Pores on your nose, chin, and forehead are noticeably expanded.
Note: Keep a close eye on your T-Zone. The T-Zone is the area of the face that includes the forehead, nose, and chin, and is known for having highly active oil glands that create extra sebum. You have mixed skin if your T-Zone is oily but the rest of your face seems normal or dry. Hormones, environment, and stress can cause these kinds to shift.
☀️ What causes oily skin?
The skin produces excess oil/sebum through the pores/ hair follicles. This can be hereditary, hormonal, and caused due to external factors.
☀️ How does oily skin look/feel like?
- Acne/pimples on the skin
- Whiteheads and blackheads
- Open looking pores
- Roughness on the skin in patches
- Greasy appearance
☀️ Do’s for Preventing Oily Skin
- DO wash your face in the morning, evening, and after physical activity. DO look for skincare products that are "oil-free" and "noncomedogenic." This indicates that goods with these labels won't clog your pores or cause acne, including cleansers, moisturizers, and cosmetics.
- DO wash your face with a soft, foamy face wash.
- DO use a moisturizer on a daily basis. Even if you have oily skin, you should still use a moisturizer to keep your skin moisturized. Look for a moisturizer that also contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to save time and protect your skin from the sun's damaging UV radiation.
- DO wear sunscreen when you're outside. Sunscreen protects the skin from UV exposure, which can cause wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer. Look for sunscreens that include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and avoid sunscreens that contain scents or oils to avoid acne outbreaks.
- DO go for makeup that is oil-free and water-based.
- DO use blotting paper. To absorb the oil, gently press the paper against your face and keep it on for a few seconds. Avoid rubbing the paper against your face, since this can transfer the oil to other parts of your body.
☀️ Don’ts for Preventing Oily Skin:
- DON’T use oil-based or alcohol-based cleansers. Your skin may become irritated as a result of using these products.
- DON’T sleep with makeup on! Remove your makeup before sleeping.
- DON'T touch your face. Touching your face may be enticing, but it may carry dirt, oil, and bacteria from your hands to your face. Make sure your hands are clean before touching your face to cleanse, moisturize, or apply sunscreen or makeup.
- DON’T physically scrub your face. Resist the urge to scrape your skin, even to remove makeup, when washing. Scrubbing hurts your skin, making it appear worse.
- DON’T use harsh, drying chemicals on your skin. Many individuals assume that in order to dry up their oily skin, they need to use a powerful face cleanser. Using a strong face cleanser, on the other hand, might irritate your skin and cause it to produce more oil. Instead, go for a soft, mild face cleanser.
☀️ Ingredients for Treating Oily Skin:
- Clay: Minerals in cosmetic clay can help manage excess oil and treat acne and blackheads. Cosmetic clay is commonly used as a face mask. Kaolin clay, green clay, rhassoul clay, and "multani mitti" are all examples of cosmetic clay. Clay masks may be found at drugstores as well as online. You may also make your own mask by mixing cosmetic clay powder with water.
- Green tea: The polyphenols present in green tea may aid in the reduction of sebum production when applied to the skin. Polyphenols are micronutrients that include antioxidants. Green tea polyphenols also have the ability to destroy bacterial membranes. As a result, green tea may help reduce bacterial proliferation, which can lead to acne, a very common problem for oily skin.
- Salicylic acid: Of all the acids in the skin-care industry, the anti-inflammatory salicylic acid is your best bet for keeping acne at bay on oily skin. Salicylic acid is an excellent chemical exfoliant for oily and acne-prone skin because it removes dead skin cells. Salicylic acid can get rid of dirt and debris from deep inside your pores. It also helps with blackheads and whiteheads, which are frequent in acne-prone skin and oily skin.
- Glycolic acid: Glycolic acid, like Salicylic acid, may exfoliate your skin and clear up your pores. It can also assist with excess oil production by slightly hydrating your skin.
- Niacinamide: Topical niacinamide medication decreases sebum excretion rates in addition to promoting collagen formation and relaxing inflammation. A niacinamide-rich moisturizer will hydrate your skin while also preventing it from overcompensating with its own oils.
- Hyaluronic acid: Typical hydrating chemicals may feel too heavy on greasy skin. They have the potential to block pores and trigger acne outbreaks. Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, is non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog your pores while still hydrating your skin and minimizing oil production.
- Retinol/Retinoids: Because of its ability to speed up cell turnover and bring fresh, new cells to the surface while eliminating old, dead ones, retinol is a hero for oily skin. Because acne-prone skin has a lot of dead skin cells, cell turnover can help clear pores.
Ingredients to Avoid for Oily Skin:
- Alcohol-based makeup and skincare products
- Cream based skincare products and makeup products
- Comedogenic skin care products
- Petroleum jelly like Vaseline
- Silicone-based products
- Harsh physical scrubs
- Harsh chemical exfoliants
- Mineral oils or mineral oil products
Deconstruct’s Range Of Products For Treating Oily T-Zone
- Deconstruct’s Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Face Wash with 0.5% Amino Acids + 0.1% Hyaluronic acid, great for pH balance. The amino acid with hyaluronic acid blend envelopes skin in a unique non-stripping soothing gel formula for calm and balanced skin.
- Deconstruct’s Niacinamide Brightening Face Wash with 2% Niacinamide + 2% Liquorice root extract is formulated with effective levels of the skin brightening duo – Niacinamide and Licorice root extract, gently dissolves dirt and removes impurities from the skin while boosting radiance and luminosity.
- Salicylic Acid Oil Control Face Wash with 0.5% Salicylic acid + 1% Niacinamide - Salicylic acid and Niacinamide work together to unclog pores, control sebum production, and prevent comedones. This light yet effective gel salicylic acid face wash removes dirt and impurities, cleanse pores, reduces blackheads, and reveals softer skin.
- Deconstruct Brightening Serum with 10% Niacinamide + 0.3% Alpha Arbutin With 0.3% of Alpha Arbutin, this serum is another great option for getting rid of hyperpigmentation. 10% Niacinamide helps soothe the skin while moisturizing it.
- Deconstruct Vitamin C serum with 10% Vitamin C + 0.5% Ferulic Acid If you’re in the market for a Vitamin C serum, what better than one with Ferulic Acid. Ferulic Acid and Vitamin C create an excellent duo where the Vitamin C brightens the skin, protects against photodamage and Ferulic Acid stabilizes the formulation and boosts the efficacy of Vitamin C.
- Deconstruct’s Retinol and Peptide Serum has 0.2% Retinol and 5% Peptide that increase the cell turnover rate and fights fine lines and wrinkles while tackling acne, dark spots, and pigmentation, giving even-toned skin.
Oil is produced by everyone's skin. Sebum is an oily or waxy material produced by your sebaceous glands that moisturize and protects your skin and hair. When your glands create too much sebum, your skin becomes oily, resulting in a greasy surface, blocked pores, and acne.
It's absolutely natural to have oily skin. When it comes to caring for oily skin, there are a few things to keep in mind, but most cases can be handled at home with over-the-counter medicines and good oil skin care.
Why is my skin so oily?
Some people produce more oil than others due to genetics or clogged pores. It’s natural to have oily skin and it can be managed by proper skincare.
2. How to take care of oily skin?
Following a proper skincare routine and washing your face with gentle cleansers followed by moisturizing your skin with gel-based or water-based moisturizers can help greatly with oily skin.
3. Can Salicylic acid help with oily skin?
Yes! Salicylic acid is the most popular BHA when it comes to oily skin! But never use it more than twice or thrice a week.
A quick trivia: Oily skin, if not hereditary is not a constant and usually comes and goes by taking proper care & using the right ingredients!