What causes oily skin
Most of us know what it feels like when our period is just a few days away and all of the sudden our skin starts to overproduce oil, your pores clog and pimples break out. For people with oily skin, this problem is even more severe.
An oily skin is caused by overproduction of sebum. Sebum is the natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin. It is there to protect our skin from losing moisture and is key to a healthy, balanced skin. The problems arise when overactive sebaceous glands produce too much oil, or underactive sebaceous glands produce too little.
There is a difference between your skin type and a skin condition. We need to understand this difference before we can learn how to stop oily skin. If you are an oily skin type it is something you are born with, it's genetic. It can be kept in check with an oily skin care regime, some lifestyle changes and various products for oily skin. It can be treated but it can't be changed so you will always need to maintain your oily skin type. If you have an oily skin condition, this is a result of lifestyle and it can be addressed and often reversed. You will need to adjust your skincare routine and make lifestyle changes to reduce oily skin.
How to treat oily skin
Now that we understand we are not looking at how to stop oily skin, let’s look at how to manage it. Our skin needs oil and sebum production is a complex process. So it’s all about finding a healthy balance. Understanding your skin, finding the best products for oily skin and the best skincare routine for oily skin may sound like a minefield but follow these five top tips to arm yourself with a checklist of do’s and don’ts.
Don't overwash your face!
The temptation to overwash an oily skin can be strong. But overwashing with harsh products can make the problem worse by triggering more oil production. Over-cleansing or scrubbing can disturb the barrier function of the skin, leading to more problems and you could even end up with an oily dehydrated skin.
When looking for an exfoliator for any oily skin remember to exfoliate gently. Harsh scrubs can tear and sensitise the skin. Again upsetting the barrier function, see our article about the skin barrier to read more about how to protect barrier functionality. A good cleansing gel for oily skin cleanses pore-deep without drying out the skin. Our Deep Sea Rebalancer combines the sebum-regulating properties of CBD (cannabidiol) with gently cleansing ingredients such as sea electrolytes and extracts from broccoli, citrus and aloe vera.
Do check the ingredients list
The best skin care products for oily skin are more often not the typical advertised toners, scrubs or cleansers. Lots of skincare products for oily skin are simply too harsh. Look for gentle, natural and non comedogenic ingredients. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a natural ingredient from the hemp plant that regulates the skin’s sebum production and can help to restore balance. There are some bad ingredients for oily skin out there but a general rule of treating oily skin gently will be a good guideline.
Don't ditch the moisturiser or oil
Moisturiser is essential in every skin care routine no matter what your skin type is. Dry and oily skin often go hand in hand because of the misconception that an oily skin doesn't need moisture or oil. But depriving your skin of moisturising products will not make your skin any less oily - quite the contrary. It might be surprising when looking at how to make skin less oily that we can even think of adding oil. Think again, oils are a welcome solution to treat an oily skin.
Do check your diet
In case you’re wondering why your skin is suddenly so oily, take a look at your diet. Processed, sugary and dairy foods all exacerbate the oil production of your skin. If you naturally have an oily skin type, try leaving out highly processed foods and dairy and see how it affects your skin. As we’ve elaborated in our article about the best foods for clear skin: your diet has a profound effect on your skin health that should not be underestimated.
The best face oil for oily skin
When looking at how to prevent oily skin it does seem a contradiction to recommend using face oil. As we now know though, oily skin can truly benefit from the addition of some of the superior oils out there. Adding enough moisture via your skin care routine will signal your skin that it can stop overproducing sebum, which will help you skin find back to balance. When picking a face oil for oily skin, opt for non comedogenic oils. Non-comedogenic oil won’t clog your pores, thus preventing any unwanted breakouts and clogged pores.
When looking for acne remedies for oily skin, CBD oil is a true superstar ingredient. CBD face oil has calming, soothing and sebum reducing properties, thus addressing multiple pain points of acne-prone skin at once. Other natural oils such as jojoba, argan, squalane and grapeseed oil are also perfect to calm skin whilst strengthening the skin's barrier. In our Floral Collagen Magic face oil, we combined high concentrations of CBD (3.33%) with precious non-comedogenic oils to give oily skin the best care possible. The soothing and sebum regulating benefits of CBD oil will bring your skin back to balance.
How to apply face oil for oily skin
When working out your best skin care routine for acne and oily skin, a mindful approach is best.Take your time with your skincare routine and stick to your routine for a while to see a difference.
Follow these steps.
- Cleanse gently to remove makeup and impurities.
- A second cleanse to ensure skin is free from all bacteria and pollutants.
- Apply moisturiser in gentle upward strokes.
- Apply face oil, a gentle self pressure point massage is also beneficial at this stage.
When to use facial oil for oily skin
Use your facial oil morning and evening as the last stage of your routine. If your skin is very sensitised, a gentle pressing into, instead of rubbing on, the skin may help. Always go gently and avoid rubbing product into the skin as this might risk damaging your skin.