Oil skin is characterized by over sebum production. Oily skin will feel greasy and shiny all over. If you feel like you are constantly reaching for the oil blotting sheets, this means you probably have oily skin. People with oily skin often struggle with large pores that get easily clogged from sweat and oils the body secretes. Your skin produces more than enough oil, so hydration isn’t your issue. Rather, blackheads greasy feeling skin and pimples are a common problem with this skin type. If you still aren’t sure if you have oily skin, blot your face with a tissue and if oil stays behind, then you probably do.
People blessed with oily skin enjoy the advantage of having youthful and younger looking skin for a longer period of time compared to other skin types when the signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines and age spots creep in quite early. Why? because the oil sitting on the skin surface locks in moisture keeping the skin well hydrates and preventing dehydration which means younger looking skin for a longer period of time. But there are also several disadvantages of oily skin as well.
Advantages to oily skin types :
1. Stays moisturized and soft: Oil is a form of moisture so having oily skin will keep it naturally moisturized and, in result, also make it softer.
2. Slows down the aging process: The moisture that oily skin produces slows down the aging process. Also, oily skin reduces the appearance of fine lines
3. Protects against the environment: The oil acts as a barrier against air pollution, wind, and sun. It doesn’t entirely block out these conditions but sure does help.
4. Sebum is high in vitamin E, a strong antioxidant that provides free-radical protection and anti-inflammatory benefits. Vitamin E helps in the healing process of the skin, the cell membranes are strengthened which helps close the pores.
5. Balancing: Proper exfoliation and water based hydrators will help keep oily skin clean and balanced
6. Use a Toner: Use of a toner for oily skin helps to wipe the excessive oily areas of the face hydrating and cleaning the skin . The astringent properties of the toner soothe and cool the skin and also shrinks open pores which help in controlling oil production.
Disadvantages of Oily Skin:
1. Appearance : Pore size is larger than other skin types due to the large oil production. Oily skin is prone to blemishes because dirt and debris get clogged in the pore causing break outs which often results in acne. NOTE: not everyone with oily skin will develop acne and not everyone with acne has oily skin.
2. Oily skin will feel greasy and shiny all over.: This leads to a constant feeling of need to wipe your face such as excessive shine, the meltdown of makeup and sudden breakout of pimples and acne.
3. Trouble finding a sunscreen that doesn’t make their skin feel heavy or clog pores. Oily skin types do better with mineral-based sunscreens specifically formulated for their skin.
4. Over Cleansing: this will lead o stripping the acid mantel and irritating it more making it unbalance which will dry the skin out making the oil production kick into high gear to compensate for the dryness. It just makes it worse.
5. Oily skin can be difficult to control, but by altering your diet and reducing your intake of unhealthy foods, you will see positive improvements to your skin!
6. Hormonal Changes – Fluctuation of hormones during puberty, pregnancy and pre-menopause can promote the sebaceous glands to produce excess oil in women.
7. Seasonal Changes – The rate of oil secretion by skin often varies with seasonal changes. Hot and humid weather conditions can increase the level of oil production. Dry and cold weather conditions can also trigger excess oil production in order to compensate for the dehydrated skin.
Summer Skin Care Regime for Oily Skin Types
Cleanse your skin with one of our natural astringent cleanser. Apple C Cleanser, Orange Zest Cleanser or Glycoderm Cleanser
Tone your skin next- this will remove any left over product you may have missed plus it will remove oil and start to hydrate the skin.
Apply a Facial Masque. Clay masque for oily skin types are awesome! Their are rich, earthy minerals that the skin loves to absorb. They are excellent at pulling toxins from the skin and helping to sooth. They also absorb all that oil sitting on the skin surface.
Here is some additional info on food and diet for oily skin types that can be of added benefit to you.
Summer is a great time for anyone! Lots of barbecues, hamburgers, hot dogs, Ice creams, cold fruity sugary drinks. For oily skin types diet plays a big role in their skins oily production. Watch what you eat. Those alluring cocktails and fried oily food might appear tempting, but they add extra oil to the skin making it susceptible to acne and pimples. Try to avoid foods rich in oil and substitute them with foods rich in vitamin A, such as, sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens such as kale, spinach, lettuce, red peppers, and fruits like cantaloupe, apricot, mango
Food to avoid for Oily skin types :
Try to avoid dairy products such as milk, butter, and cheese contain high levels of hormones (such as testosterone) which can lead to increased oil production and blocked pores. This is why dairy products are linked to breakouts and acne. Swap dairy for dairy-free alternatives like almond milk and vegan cheese. You can replace your calcium intake with green leafy vegetables, nuts like almonds, and oranges will all provide the nutrients you need.
Foods such as white bread, white rice, white pasta, and cereals all contain refined grains this means they lose important nutrients when they are processed and they have more of an impact on your blood sugar and lead to an increase in your oil production levels.
Swap refined carbohydrates for: Wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, quinoa, and oats. These foods are less processed and have higher levels of fibre which can keep your blood sugar levels more stable, which means your energy levels are steadier.
Saturated fats increase inflammation in the skin, which can cause excess oil to be produced. They are found in red meats such as beef, lamb, sausages, and bacon; cakes; pastries; pizza; pies; butter; cream, and cheese.
Deep-fried foods such as chips and doughnuts contain a large amount of oil, which also contributes to excess oil production within the skin.
Trans fats can be found in some processed foods. Trans fats can also be known as hydrogenated fats also have a negative effect on your skin. Trans fat is formed when oil goes through a hardening process called hydrogenation .
Swap inflammatory fats for: You can change your preparation methods like changing your oil to healthy fats like olive oil Instead of frying try baking, broiling, grilling, and poaching your food. Swap for poultry like chicken and turkey, fish like salmon and mackerel, unseasoned nuts like walnuts, and avocado.
Eating too much sugar spikes your blood sugar levels. The body responds by producing more insulin, which in turn encourages the glands to produce more oil and heightens your risk of oily skin and developing acne.
Sugars: While natural sugars those that occur in fruits and vegetables should be consumed in moderation. Refined sugars such as cane sugar and corn syrup are found in sweets like cakes, cookies, jams, and pastries, as well as cereals, cereal bars, crackers, and fizzy drinks should be limited. Sugar increases oil production and inflammation in your skin and body. Bananas contain vitamin E, phosphates, and potassium, which enhance skin health. They are also amazing detoxifiers.
Swap sugary foods for: Berries, mangos, frozen bananas, good quality dark chocolate, water with fresh lemon and/or lime. proteins like chicken and turkey, fish
walnuts, and avocado.
Consuming excess salt can cause water retention, swelling, and eye bags. This can also lead to an increase oil levels as the skin as salt is dehydrating and the body tries to combat the dehydration.
Salty foods include table sauces, salad dressings, shop-bought soups, cured meats and bacon, pickles, salted nuts, crisps, chips, and crackers.
Swap salty foods for: Unsalted nuts, vegetables dipped in low-salt hummus, apple slices and nut butter, homemade soups and other low or no salt foods.
Alcohol technically is not a food type, but it has a huge impact on your skin, particularly if you’re prone to oily skin. Alcohol saps fluid out of the skin, causing dehydration, which means the skin produces more oil to compensate and this often leads to breakouts. Alcohol can also cause you to sweat and eat fatty foods, both can lead to clogged pores.
Swap it for: Water, or a low-sugar virgin cocktail. Coconut water is great for skin hydration. It helps in keeping the skin clear and supple and prevents breakouts, acne, and blemishes. It is a good source of vitamin C, riboflavin, and calcium, and contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, and manganese. If when your at special events like wedding etc, try a clearer alcoholic drink such as vodka and drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink to keep hydrated.
Did you know the following fruits and vegetables are very healthy for oily skin?
Another great fruit for healthy skin is avocado. It contains fatty acids that are extremely healthy for the skin and prevent the secretion of excess oils from the sebaceous glands. It is a great source of antioxidant carotenoids like alpha-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein.
Broccoli is also a superfood. It contains vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin A, which prevent blocked skin pores. It is also anti-inflammatory and soothes the skin. It helps in controlling the oil production, which reduces the risk of acne and other skin problems.
Lentils are nutrient-dense. Consuming them regularly in the right amounts can help in controlling the production of oil, facilitating clear skin. Pulses too control the oil production in the body. They contain amino acids that don’t break into sugars when consumed, which actually aggravates oil secretion.
Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, contain vitamin C, which is amazing for the skin. They also contain detoxifying agents that flush out the extra oil from your skin, making it healthier. The natural oils in oranges help to moisturize the skin. They also contain citric acid, which helps to dry out acne, improving the texture of your skin.
Lemons, on the other hand, help eliminate toxins from the body and facilitate healthy liver functioning, which makes the skin clear and supple. Lemon juice helps to eliminate toxins from the body and facilitates healthy liver functioning, which makes the skin clear and supple. The vitamin C in lemon helps to rejuvenate the skin internally, preventing age spots. Regular intake of fresh lemon water can cure acne, blackheads, and all such skin infections and control oil production.
Dark chocolate is not only yummy, but it also does a good job of preventing acne inflammation by controlling the oil production in the skin.
Coffee and tea can dehydrate your body. This may lead to excess oil production, causing acne and pimples. Cut back on the iced coffee this summer.
Spinach and kale have all the good nutrients stored in them. The Vitamin A, C, E and K present in spinach can reduce the inflammation. With reduced inflammation, the blood circulation is enhanced and the pores remain closed
Cucumbers have more than 90% water in them and hence a great rehydrating agent. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties due to which the germs and bacteria can be killed easily.
For the Oily Skin Type Pure Esthetx Recommends the following products:
The Apple C Hydration Collection Neroli Serum
The Orange Zest Collection Blackberry Serum
The Victorian Rose Collection Glyco Derm
The Blueberry Soy Collection
The Strawberry Cream Collection