Most of us have combination skin: oily in some places, dry in others. If your skin feels on the oily side even after washing, or if you regularly use blotting paper, fear not! A bonus? People with oily skin are thought to have fewer wrinkles and keep younger-looking skin for longer. Plus, this guide will help you manage your oiliness.
Oil comes from sebaceous glands under the skin, which release a fatty substance called sebum.
Sebum is generally a good thing: it keeps skin supple and reduces water loss.
These glands are most densely clustered on the nose, chest, and back. Some people have more than others. Hormones, stress, diet, and weather can all affect your glands.
Hormones. During puberty, sebaceous glands enlarge and produce more oil under the influence of hormones called androgens.
Stress. Stress makes our bodies produce a stress hormone called cortisol, which triggers oil production.
Diet. Foods high in sugar or dairy can lead to oily faces.
Weather. As the temperature rises, oil glands tend to rev up!
1. Cleansers. Cleansers with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid help not only people with acne, but also those of us with oily skin. Foaming cleansers can also help dry things out. We recommend:
2. Oil-Free Sunscreen
3. Oil-Absorbing Face Sheets
4. Physical Exfoliators. These help remove oil and dead skin cells. Use exfoliators gently, no more than once a week at first, to avoid skin irritation.
5. Niacinamide. Skincare products with this form of vitamin B3 may decrease oiliness.