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The Oily Skin Essentials

Throwback to our blog: Daily Care For Oily Skin – Mariga’s Advice from April 2016, edited to current time.

If you have an oily skin type, this is a must read!

Are you managing your oily skin type correctly?

Like all skin, this requires a daily skincare routine.

First, we have to define and understand what a true oily skin type actually is. Many people mistakenly think that they have oily skin when in fact it’s something else altogether.

What are the hallmarks of a true oily skin type?

  • Large pores, particularly on the t-zone
  • The skin NEVER feels tight, itchy, or dry
  • Daily shine
  • RARELY has blackheads or spots

If the above sounds like you, coupled with makeup that just slides off and hair that needs to be washed every day, then you have a true oily skin.

While it IS possible to have oily skin AND acne, they are two different things and having one does not automatically mean you will have the other. Many people with acne assume that their skin is oily when that is (in Irish Skin anyway) most often not the case. In Irish skin, perhaps 10% of the population will be a true oily skin type.

The benefits of oily skin.

Yes, there ARE many benefits to having oily skin! You usually have a blemish-free complexion, a slower rate of wrinkling and higher tolerance to a wider range of skincare products, treatments and cosmetics.

The downsides of oily skin.

Most people with oily skin get fed up with large pores, too much shine and make-up not staying put. As you can see these are mostly APPEARANCE issues rather than actual skin problems so they can be much more easily addressed then poor dry or red skin types.

How so?

There are two things to know about controlling the appearance of oily skin:

  1. Cleansing and exfoliating often makes it worse (you’re doing it wrong).
    • Trying to deep cleanse and exfoliate away oil is not just a waste of time, but is like trying to drive your car by pressing on the brake and the accelerator at the same time! One action is fighting against the other and you will most likely ruin your engine (or skin) in the process.
    • When you deep cleanse or over-exfoliate oily skin you get rid of the oil that is there at that moment, same as if you did a gentle cleanse. But with deep action products, you have stimulated a deeper reaction in the skin. The response by the oil glands of being ‘stripped’ is that they go into fast production mode to make up for lost resources.
    • So you deep cleanse, scrub or exfoliate then a coupe of hours later your face looks like an oil slick. You did it to yourself! You gave your skin the signal that it was lacking oil and it produced more, it was only trying to please you!
  2. Oil fights oil.
    • The secret is to CONTROL the flow of oil, not stop it. Lipid secretions that are controlled continuously and gradually distribute oil evenly over the surface of your skin. There is no sudden stop/start, no patchy production. The result is an evenly lubricated skin surface with no sudden shine.

How to achieve that?

You need to regulate oil flow by applying minute amounts of the right oils in the right ratios to the skin surface so that it gets the message that oil is always available and stops sudden production. This might sound scary but it doesn’t take long to get in the habit and start to see results. Why not try it? What have you got to lose? Team oil! See more about oil for oily skin in Mariga’s video on daily management tips for oily skin below.

Best targeted Skin Essentials products for oily skin:

  • Lipid Repair Concentrate – The mix of lipids, ceramides, good cholesterols and fatty acids in this super serum mimic exactly the precise mix of lipids found naturally in healthy, balanced skin.
  • Advanced Protection SPF30 – All in one moisturiser and SPF protection. Full of nutrients your skin needs i.e. Mineral SPF, anti-oxidants, moisturiser and vitamin treatment in one. 

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Focus on oily skin – characteristics, tips & treatments

Skin types listed on a face diagram by Skin Essentials by Mariga

Focus on oily skin

In the next in this series of posts focusing on skin types, (see the original post on skin type vs skin condition here), today I will be looking at the particular characteristics of oily skin, how to recognise it and how to treat it.
Oily skin is characterised by open pores, shine and sometimes congestion. It is a result of over active sebaceous glands. While it is often seen in teenage skin it is certainly not limited to younger people. I see a lot of oily skin that presents as red or sensitive, this is a temporary condition that is usually caused by overuse of harsh products aimed at ‘drying up’ oily skin (not possible). The main problem that women with oily skin complain of is that their makeup won’t stay on.

Professional treatments will vary from gentle cleansing and balancing for those who have over treated their skin in the past, through to peels and microneedling for those with thickened skin and/or enlarged pores. A personal comprehensive skin analysis will determine which treatment, if any, is best for you. (Or our distance analysis if you cannot get to us in Wexford).

At home, gentle cleansing is a must. Most people with oily skin tend to rub and scrub too hard and this can lead to MORE oil production and/or other skin damage. For those with oily but clear skin I recommend an oil cleanser (yes!), for those with blemishes maybe a cleanser with salicylic acid.

Don’t be afraid of moisturiser, many oily skin types shy away from moisturiser as they think it will add to oily shine but skipping this step means that water evaporates too quickly through the skin leaving you still oily but also dehydrated 🙁 A light serum gives the skin nutrition in the morning under SPF30 and can be repeated at night under a light cream. Oily skin will show the signs of ageing slower than others so don’t forget to up your serum game after your mid-thirties to Collagen Serum to keep lines at bay, even if you think you don’t need it yet.

Basic products for oily skin to balance oil production and keep skin healthy:

Salicylic Cleanser to keep pores clear and control shine (not to be used to remove makeup).

Essential Nutrient Serum is a lightweight serum to feed skin cells and reduce sensitivities.

Hydrating Cream – lightweight but rich in hyaluronic acid to protect the water content of your skin structure.

For older skin that still has excess oil production I recommend my Overnight Repair Cream which will keep oil production regulated as well as giving outstanding anti-ageing.
For those with blemishes, you will need a personalised recommendation for spot control. Contact us on 053 9145981 to discuss your needs.