Not a single person in the entire world wants to spend their day constantly dabbing their face to deal with their oily skin. If you are part of the 45 to 55 percent of adults who suffer from having oily skin, you are all too familiar with this struggle. Now don’t hate me when I say this, little can be done to prevent this skin condition. But don’t lose hope! There is a plethora of ways to manage your skin’s oil production.
First and foremost we need to talk about why some skin produces more oil than others. No matter who you are, where you live, or what you do, your skin is going to produce and secrete oil. Under each of your pores is a sebaceous gland that produces natural oils called sebum.
This sebum keeps our skin hydrated and healthy. But some of these glands work on overdrive and produce too much oil. This excess amount of oil can potentially lead to breakouts because the oil can mix with dead skin cells and get stuck in your pores.
There are seven key reasons why our sebaceous glands produce excess sebum/oil:
- Genetics: oily skin runs in family
- Age: Skin produces less oil the older you get, and your glands slow down. One benefit to producing excess oil is that it can help your skin show less signs of aging.
- Location/Time of Year: Hot and humid climates, as well as summer weather, can lead your skin to produce more oil.
- Enlarged Pores: Pores can stretch out due to age, weight fluctuations, and prior breakouts. Larger pores in general tend to produce more oil than their smaller counterparts.
- Using the Wrong Skin Care Products: Make sure to use the correct products for the seasons and be aware of what chemicals are in the products you’re using.
- Doing “Too Much” Skin Care: Washing and exfoliating your face too much can strip away your natural oil, sending your sebaceous glands into overdrive to make up for the oil that is missing.
- Skipping Your Moisturizer: Your skin still needs to stay hydrated! Find a lightweight water-based moisturizer and apply after cleansing and toning your face.
Oily skin can be one of the trickiest and most frustrating skin conditions to deal with, but lucky for you there are some treatments you can do to keep your facial oil to a minimum!
- Wash Regularly: A simple gentle soap and water can go a long way in curbing oil production! Avoid soaps with fragrances and harsh chemicals.
- Use A Toner: Use toners with natural astringents (chemical that shrinks or constricts body tissues) such as witch hazel. Witch hazel is high tannin and anti-inflammatory and can make enlarged pores smaller and remove leftover bits of product and makeup.
- Pat Your Face Dry: A pulling motion while drying will irritate and stimulate your skin into producing more sebum.
- Use Blotting Pads & Medicated Pads: Specially designed absorbent papers can pull oil from the skin. These pads won’t slow down or stop oil production, but they can help remove oil from your face throughout the day. Try to find pads with salicylic or glycolic acid.
- Facial Masks: Clay, honey, and oatmeal masks are all great options, and each have their individual benefits for helping with oily skin.
- Diet: Avoid greasy foods and trans fats. Eat a well-rounded diet full of whole foods.
- Use Your Moisturizer: If you take one thing away from this, please let it be to use your moisturizer!
The best prevention for oily skin is to find a consistent skin care routine that works for you, and stick to it!
So, where does DermaBoss fit into all of this?
Well the answer is right smack dab in the middle! First, our Pineapple and Vitamin C Brightening Cleanser acts as a natural exfoliator, removing any excess dead skin cells that could mix with your skin’s oil and clog your pores. After cleansing your face, applying our Vitamin C Serum will use the combination of Vitamin C, Beta Glucan, and Hyaluronic Acid to natural promote collagen production and maximize skin hydration. Finally, after allowing our Vitamin C Serum to dry, layer on our Cell Hydrating Serum.
By helping to balance the moisture of your skin, the rejuvenating serum works to regulate the overproduction of oils, reducing clogged pores and blemishes, all while adding a boost of brightness to your skin!