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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.
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!
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.
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:
The Cleanser by Curology
Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser
Cerave Foaming Cleanser
Vanicream Free and Clear Liquid Cleanser
Topix Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Wash
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser
2. Oil-Free Sunscreen
EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15
Tizo Solar Protection Formula, Facial Mineral Fusion SPF 40
3. Oil-Absorbing Face Sheets
Clean & Clear
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.
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
EltaMD AM or PM Therapy Facial Moisturizer