If we’re being honest, many of us don’t know much about our skin. We may know that it is a little dry, or a little oily, or even acne-prone, but that’s about it. And we have to think, is the insight we have into our skin even correct? When it comes to proper care, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of skincare products that don’t exactly work out the way we thought they would. It’s also possible to start the day with an even complexion that’s slick from oil by midday. All of the oily babes, stand up!
We have news for you: with the right products, a little bit of guidance, and some well-deserved self-confidence, you can help you and your skin become even better friends.
What Exactly is Oily Skin
We all need a certain amount of natural oil to keep our skin supple, soft, and moisturized. Your specific skin type is determined by how much oil the skin on your face produces, and depending on this, your skin type can be categorized as oily, dry, or even a combination of the two.
An oily skin type is exactly what it sounds like -- excess oil (sebum) on the face that produces a persistently shiny appearance. If you don’t cleanse your oily skin, your pores can become enlarged and clogged, causing dead skin cells to accumulate, resulting in acne.
The Science Behind the Oil
Sebaceous glands are located within your skin and are responsible for secreting an oily substance called sebum. This oily substance works to lubricate the skin, protecting it from drying out or becoming irritated. Cool, right?
So sebum -- along with sweat -- is secreted through your pores. When this process goes smoothly, oil not only lubricates your skin but also removes dead skin cells and other irritants from your pores as well.
However, when overactive sebaceous glands produce sebum in excess, your skin tends to look super-shiny, and your pores can become clogged and irritated, leading to pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. It’s pretty common tbh.
How To Know If You Have Oily-Type Skin
It’s not too difficult to tell if you have oily skin. Look for these signs:
You get frequent breakouts, especially when your hormones fluctuate around your time of the month.
Your skin becomes shiny within the hour after cleansing.
You have relatively large pores and are prone to blackheads on your nose.
Makeup doesn’t stay on correctly and seems to “slide” off.
Take special note of your T-zone. This is the region of the face consisting of your nose and forehead, which naturally tend to have more active oil glands that produce excess sebum.
If your T-zone is especially oily, but the rest of your face looks dry, flaky, or even normal, then you have combination-type skin. It’s okay, seriously. Most of us do.
Causes of Oily Skin
From your genetics to the climate, there are a wide range of factors that may be why you have oily skin.
Oily skin is hereditary.
If your parents have oily skin, you probs will too. Why? Because oily skin is linked to a hereditary disposition to overproduce the hormone dihydrotestosterone, which triggers an excess of sebum production in the skin. Give mom and dad a big hug---y’all are likely in this together.
Where you live and the time of year.
While your genetics drive the underlying cause of your oily skin, where you live and the time of the year can also make a huge difference. People typically tend to have oilier skin in hot, humid climates. You are also much more likely to have more oil on your skin during the warm summer months than you would in the cooler months. But don’t let that stop you from having a hot girl summer.
While you may not be able to pick up and relocate because of your oily skin, you can adjust your day-to-day routine during months of high heat and humidity. Keep blotting sheets handy to touch up excess oil throughout the day. A quality matte moisturizer or foundation can also help to soak up extra oil.
You’re definitely not imagining it -- even after puberty comes and goes, hormones can still mess with your skin. Welcome to life.
During menopause, pregnancy, around your period, and at times even with just some stress, hormonal fluctuations can encourage excess grease and breakouts. Why? Because androgens -- the hormones responsible for oil production -- sometimes like to fluctuate, stimulating an increase in oil (aka sebum) production.
Harsh skin care products.
Believe it or not, sometimes oily skin can be triggered by using the wrong skincare products. Who would’ve thought?
When choosing the most popping products for oily skin, look for ones that are in gel or lotion formulations. We love our Faded Brightening and Clearing Gel for oily skin because it’s made with gentle exfoliating acids to scrub away dirt and soothing shea butter to brighten and revive tired skin.
This powerful gel serum gently fades the look of your most marks, spots, and scars.. Light-weight and totally free from animal testing, dye, and fragrance, Faded is a must-have for anyone looking to bring balance to their oily skin.
How to Care for Oily Skin
Best Tips To Treat Oily Skin? We’ve Got You.
So, you’ve got oily skin and are wondering how to manage it. We can help.
Avoid over-washing your face.
That squeaky-clean feeling that comes from washing your face really thoroughly might be satisfying, but over doing it is a hard no. Cleaning your skin with harsh, drying skincare products can actually leave your face more slick than when it started.
Balance is key. By using harsh washes too frequently, you strip away the natural protective barrier, causing your skin to be immediately dry and the body to react by producing too much oil -- again. This creates a ferocious dry skin-oily skin cycle. Do yourself a favor and just chill a bit, okay?
Stick to gentle quality cleansers and limit your face washing to just twice a day to keep your skin balanced, healthy, and happy.
You can also try Topicals’ Faded Brightening and Clearing Gel, designed to gently scrub your troubles away while leaving behind flawless, smooth skin.
Don’t forget to moisturize. #StayGlossy
While it might feel just a little counter-productive, moisturizing in the morning and at night will actually help to keep your skin’s oil production in check.
Be sure to stick to lightweight, non-comedogenic formulas which preserve the skin’s natural defense against blemishes and spots without clogging pores. Our Like Butter Hydrating Mask is packed with powerful botanicals for skin so smooth, it’s like butter!
Designed to help fortify your skin’s damaged moisture barrier, this thick yet lightweight whipped mask is perfect for those who have oily skin.
Avoid touching your face.
Although it’s pretty tempting to touch your face, doing so can spread oil, dirt, and bacteria from your hands, which can leave you with an breakout. Only touch your face when you are cleansing, moisturizing, or applying sunscreen or makeup. And whatever you do, always make sure your hands are clean first! Thank us later.
Hey cutie! To wrap up, oily skin is pretty easy to treat once you have the right products in your skincare cabinet.
For all of your skincare needs, whether you’re struggling with excess oil, dry, flaky skin, or a moisture barrier that needs some TLC, Topicals has your back.
Check out Topicals today and see the difference quality products can make on your skin. Trust us -- you’ll be glad you did!