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Oily Skin

Want to control oily skin, but not sure where to start?
Oily skin doesn’t have to be a nuisance. By making healthy lifestyle choices and following an efficient skincare routine, you can help manage oily skin and prevent that shine on your forehead.


What is Oily Skin?

Oily skin is formed by sebaceous glands that produce sebum, a waxy substance that helps hydrate and protect the skin. Too much sebum can often make your skin look shiny, enlarge pores and lead to blackheads and blemishes. While having oily skin may seem unpleasant, there are some benefits to it like non-flaky-looking skin and being less prone to developing wrinkles, which your future self will appreciate.

Why Your Skin
Could Be Oily

The main cause of oily skin is excess sebum, which is mostly determined by genetics (thanks, parents). It can also be from hormonal changes, age, over-cleansing, dietary habits and climate conditions. Read on to learn more about these common culprits that can affect your skin.

History and Hormones

If you have oily skin, chances are it’s in your family, as large and strong sebaceous glands are a common hereditary trait. Hormones can also play a supporting role in our skin’s oil production. When there are hormonal fluctuations like puberty or pregnancy, the sebaceous glands generate more oil, creating shinier-looking skin and frequent blemishes and breakouts.

We are What We Eat

Believe it or not, the food you consume can affect how your skin looks. Foods which are high in sugar like carbonated soft drinks, cookies and refined carbohydrates, like white bread and pastries, can increase the oiliness of your skin. Dairy products can also trigger breakouts. While this doesn’t mean you need to cut these foods and ingredients out of your diet entirely, it may require some adjustment.

Our Daily Routines

Weather and the change of seasons not only affect what we wear, but they can also affect our skin’s oil production. Humidity, hot and cold temperatures and dry conditions can all cause your skin to create excess oil. Additionally, our lifestyle habits and daily routines can impact how oily our skin gets. This can include medication intake, bedding cleanliness, face mask-induced breakouts (the maskne struggle is real), makeup usage and improper removal, overwashing and over-exfoliating can all cause oil production and buildup.

How To Know if You
Have Oily Skin?

If you have oily skin or think you might have this skin type, you may recognize some of these oily skin symptoms:

  • Enlarged pores, especially on your nose
  • Shiny-looking skin
  • Makeup doesn’t stay on long and requires reapplication
  • Greasy bangs/hairline
  • Prone to pimples, breakouts and blackheads
  • Excess oil on scalp, neck, back and armpits

Tips to Treat Oily Skin

Managing oily skin may seem like a chore but like any skincare regimen, a little TLC and minor adjustments to your daily routine can lead to radiant skin. Whether it’s using non-comedogenic makeup or washing your pillowcases and reusable face masks more often, these changes can help reduce excess oil. The trick is to control the amount of oil and shine while preventing breakouts.

Cleansing Oily Skin

To cleanse and soothe oily skin, you can wash your face with a charcoal cleanser using warm water. Charcoal products can do wonders for your oily skin. They are absorption superpowers that soak up excess sebum and pull out dirt and impurities from your pores to help clean your skin. You can also indulge in a charcoal clay mask for a refreshed complexion.

Easy Lifestyle Changes to Manage Oily Skin

It’s tough to control genetics and hormones, but you can help limit shine by modifying behaviours like:

  • Avoid over-washing and over-exfoliating as scrubbing away your skin’s natural oils can trigger your body’s response to producing excess oil
  • Preventing face mask acne (aka maskne) by washing it after each use
  • Choosing non-comedogenic makeup products to prevent clogged pores and keep your face shine-free
  • Drinking more water, spearmint or green tea to flush out toxins
  • Eating less fried food and more meals with protein and vitamins A, D & E like almonds, avocados and broccolis

Bioré® Products for Oily Skin

Browse our collection of products to help target and manage oily skin:

How to Maintain Clear Skin

While preventing oily skin can be challenging, there are ways you can avoid looking like a shiny disco ball. Eating healthy, staying hydrated and adjusting your cleansing regimen are a few simple ways to manage oily skin. Check out our oily skin products to help keep your skin clean and healthy-looking.

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