One of the most difficult skin types to treat and deal with is oily skin.  It’s also the one that tends to produce the most complications and frustrations, and can be notoriously hard to manage.

Causes Of Oily Skin

The technical term for the “skin oil” that’s produced by your body is “sebum”.  This is a perfectly normal process, and is what helps keep the hair and nails moisturized.  Everyone, regardless of their skin type, produces this oil.

The problem is when it’s produced in excess amounts.  And, in the same way that some people are predisposed to having dry skin, there are people whose bodies simply tend to produce more oil than others.

But there are also hormonal reasons that can come into play.

Androgen hormones in particular are one of the key causes of sebum production (this is one of the reasons that oily skin is more common during puberty).  In fact, many sufferers find that the oiliness of their skin tends to be “on and off”.  Much of this is directly caused by hormone fluctuations.

Common Complaints Of Oily Skin

For many people, the problem isn’t just that their skin is oily (although dealing with that “oily sheen” definitely isn’t fun).  It’s also the complications that tend to come with it.  This can include

  • Acne
  • Blackheads
  • Blemishes

Tips For Dealing With Oily Skin

So, now you understand why you’ve got oily skin.  The question is how to deal with it effectively.

Tip #1 – Cleanse Consistently

This one is pretty self explanatory – a good cleanser will not only keep your face clean, it will help clear away the excess oil that’s been building up on it.

Generally speaking, you’ll want to make sure you’re washing your face twice, once in the morning and once before bed.

Tip #2 – Don’t Skip The Moisturizer

While it may make sense on paper, skipping the moisturizer can actually make things worse by drying out your skin and encouraging the body to produce even more sebum.

You should, however, be selective about WHICH moisturizer you use, and opt for one that’s light and oil-free.

Tip #3 – Consult With Your Physician

If you feel like you’ve genuinely done everything you can, and your skin is still looking particularly bad, you may want to talk to your doctor.  Not only are there effective medications out there that can help, but it’s also important to rule out any significant hormonal imbalances you may have.

Your Skin Care Routine

At the end of the day, oily skin simply requires a bit more maintenance than other skin types.  The following is a quick guide to point you in the right direction.

Step #1 – Cleanse

There’s no two ways about it – you need to wash your skin.  And while you can go a little heavier on the cleansing than most people, you still want to make sure you don’t go overboard and dry your skin out.  Twice per day is plenty.

Step #2 – Exfoliate

Exfoliating is important for everybody, but it’s particularly important if your skin is oily.  By removing dead skin cells, you’ll effectively prevent them from combining with oil in the pores and leading a nasty breakout.

Step #3 – Apply Toner

This one is essential for dry skin sufferers, since a good toner will help cut down on the oil.  For best results, choose an alcohol free toner that won’t be too drying.

Step #4 – Moisturize

Again, don’t skip the moisturizer – just go for one that’s light, oil free and won’t clog up your skin.