What is meant by “Oily” Type skin?
Your skin type is determined by how much oil the skin on your face produces. We all need a certain amount of oil on our skin to keep it moisturised and supple, however oily skin occurs when the sebaceous glands in the skin make too much sebum. Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that protects and hydrates the skin.
The causes of oily skin are varied. It is typically hereditary – if you have oily skin, it’s probably because your parents suffered a similar fate, however it can also be as a result of environmental, ageing, lifestyle factors or on many occasions is exacerbated by the skin care products you are currently using. The fact is that many of the products claiming to get rid of oil actually make matters worse because they contain ingredients that aggravate skin and trigger more oily shine.
While you can’t necessarily always get rid of oily skin, you can take steps to make your skin less oily. The key is to identify the cause or causes. Managing oily skin often requires a person making regular skin care a habit.
As a side note: Oily skin does not age less than dry skin. Oily skin may look less wrinkled because it is often less dry, but the cause of wrinkles is not something oily skin can stop or change.
How can I tell if I have Oily Skin?
Oily skin frequently affects the face. Symptoms of oily skin include:
- Your skin is shiny and usually looks and feels greasy by the afternoon
- Your pores, especially around your forehead and nose, are enlarged
- You deal with acne and blackheads more often than your friends
- Makeup doesn’t stay on and seems to “slide” off – those suffering with oily skin may have trouble finding makeup to suit their skin, as the makeup can mix with the sebum, giving it a different consistency
- You leave traces of your oily presence on phone screens and your bangs
Take special note of your T-Zone. The T-Zone is the region of the face consisting of the forehead and nose which naturally tend to have more active oil glands that may produce excess sebum. If your T-Zone is oily but the rest of your face looks normal or dry, then you have combination type skin.
BASIC Skin Type Test
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and water. Use your hands to clean your face and avoid scrubbing too hard.
- Dry your face with a soft towel and leave your skin alone for one hour without applying any products or touching it.
- If after that one (1) hour;-
(i) your face feels rough and/or perhaps tight, you have dry skin
(ii) after blotting your skin with tissue paper, there’s oil on your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin), but not your cheeks, you have combination skin
(iii) you do the same tissue-paper test on your cheeks, and there’s an oily shine on your T-zone and cheeks, you have oily skin
(iv) however, if your skin looks blotchy and red and feels tingly, you have sensitive skin
If you are still uncertain as to your Skin Type, Book a Free Skin Consultation with our Skin Specialist.
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Treating Oily Skin Type
Oily Skin types can be treated with both;-
- DAILY SKIN CARE regime using professional skin care products tailored to your exact condition, as well as
- SKIN TREATMENTS that target this specific skin type.
Suitable Daily Skin Care Regime for Oily Skin Types should include;-
- CLEANSER – gentle, water-soluble cleanser twice daily. Fragrance free and not contain drying cleansing ingredients. Avoid skin aggravating scrubs or cleansing brushes with stiff bristles. A soft washcloth or cleansing brush with ultra-soft bristles can be helpful—being rough on your skin is not!
- TONER – alcohol-free, loaded with antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients – minimises the appearance of enlarged pores and removes the last traces of makeup that can lead to clogged pores.
- EXFOLIATOR – salicylic acid (BHA) type. One of the most important skin care steps for oily skin. Oily skin tends to have an extra-thick coat of built-up dead skin on the surface, along with a thickened pore lining. Gently exfoliating is the only way to remove that build up and diminish clogged pores. It is also the best way to improve the look of stubborn, tiny, hard white bumps that occur primarily on your cheek bones but can show up in other areas too, even when related to milia-prone skin.
- SPF BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN – essential for reducing the risk of early signs of ageing (and skin cancer) and keeping everything about skin from getting worse. A quality zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide sunscreen will not increase your skin oiliness.
- MOISTURISER or HYDRATOR – choose a very light but exceptionally effective hydrating and skin-renewing gel or serum that is free of pore-clogging ingredients while giving your skin the essential antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients it needs to look as healthy and revived as possible.
ABSORB EXTRA OILS – Try an oil-absorbing primer to help control oil, minimise the appearance of pores. Colorescience has some extremely good primers in their range.