Beauty SOS: Oily Acne Prone Skin
Posted: Oct 14 2015
Our skin naturally produces sebum, an oily secretion from the skin's sebaceous glands. But when your skin becomes dehydrated your skin produces extra sebum, resulting in oily possibly acne prone skin.
The idea of wrestling your oily skin into submission by subjecting it to harsh treatments is typically the answer most people come up with. After all, if oily skin is a precursor for acne, doesn't it make sense to fix the problem by drying the skin out as much as possible? The idea is that drying your skin out stops oil production, which prevents pimples from popping up.
Oily skin is actually very delicate, and your face produces oils in an attempt to protect itself. Applying astringents, alcohol-based solutions, or other drying substances to oily skin is just going to make the problem worse. When these products dry out your skin, your body reacts by creating more oil, which in turn creates acne.
So what do you do?
Instead of applying harsh chemicals to your skin and trying to fight your body, work with it. Even your facial soap might be too harsh: if your skin feels tight after you shower, it's because your soap is drying you out too much. Have you thought about adding extra oil to your skin to reduce the production of sebum? Crazy, huh? Oil is actually good for your skin, as long as it's the right kind of oil.
Switch to products formulated specifically for your skin type. Oily skin is actually starving for moisture, so find light, non-comedogenic products that are specifically formulated for oily skin.