Any pro tips on taking care of my oily skin?
Do you have oily skin? You’re not alone. Did you know that 40-55% of adults between the ages of 20-40 have persistent acne and oily skin? That’s a large portion of the population.
You may wonder why some people have oily skin while others do not. Genetics! That’s the primary reason – inheriting more oil (sebaceous) glands per hair follicle than someone who inherited fewer glands per hair follicle. The more sebaceous glands, the more oil (sebum) present on the skin.
Oily skin may also be a result of overactive sebaceous glands caused from several factors. Higher levels of the hormone testosterone in both women and men, higher levels of the hormone progesterone in women, higher levels of cortisol and overall body stress will make the oil glands produce more, and waxier sebum.
Fortunately, it’s easy to wash excess oil off the skin using a cleanser specially formulated for oily skin. Our Revolutionary Cleanser Extra Strength is ideal because it removes excess oil and has a low pH. Using cleansers with a high pH signals the body to produce more oil to replace the ‘acid mantle.’ a protective (oil) layer that wards off topical bacteria. Not ideal!
NOTE: You don’t have to worry about over-washing with our cleansers because they will not strip the protective ‘acid mantle’ layer from your skin. So wash at least twice a day and always after exercising, sweating or swimming.
Tips for maintaining your oily skin:
- Wash. Wash your face once, twice or even three times a day if needed. You cannot “over wash” your face with our cleansers. Do what you need to do to make your skin feel clean and look less shiny.
- Medication. Be consistent with your topical medication. The waxy oil can be a barrier to the medications, so cleanse well and be super consistent with your topical medication – whether it’s benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur formula or glycolic acid, make sure you apply them as directed.
- Hair maintenance. The oil from your skin can make your hairline more oily. When you wash your face, wash your hair as your last step in the shower (keep all shampoo and conditioner off your face!) and scrub the first inch or two of
- your scalp WITH your facial cleanser. If you have bangs – wash those too with your facial cleanser. It won’t hurt your hair or affect hair color.
- Powder. If you are still looking a little shiny, use our Setting Powder as a blotting powder or our Mineral Powder foundation for more coverage
If you have any questions about how to deal with your oily or dry skin, or really any acne questions, please reach out to us. We are here to help.