Oily Skin 101: Introduction (Part 1 of 4)


got-oily-skinThis post is an introduction to a series of skin care posts that focus on caring for oily skin. I’ve spent much of my adult life coping with an oily complexion and the frustrating problems that go along with it: excess shine, makeup that slides off, large pores prone to clogging, and breakouts. It’s only been within the last year that I feel like I’ve learned to effectively manage my oily skin, and there are three fundamental changes I’ve made to my skin care routine this year that have made a huge difference. I’ll be dedicating one post to each change in order to give each one the explanation and description that it deserves. My hope is that these posts will be useful to anyone else out there like me that is feeling frustrated by all the misleading information out there.

Before I talk about the specific techniques and products that have helped me, I want to point out a few things:

1) I am not skin care professional of any description. I’m just a beauty enthusiast, and everything I’ll be discussing in these posts is my own opinion based on my own experience and observations about my own skin.

2) Oily skin is not something that can be treated and controlled with topical products. Oily skin is caused by excessive secretions from the sebaceous glands, which are deep in the skin and are regulated by internal processes like hormonal fluctuations. Internal medications, like Accutane or contraceptive pills, can help control oil, but cosmetics that are applied topically cannot. All the primers, moisturizers, cleansers, foundations and powders that claim to control oil may be able to temporarily absorb or remove excess oil and diminish excess shine, but they cannot actually stop your skin from producing too much oil. Period. Don’t believe the lies.

3) Stop making perfection your goal. My skin is not perfect, and will probably never be perfect. There’s always going to be the odd bump and blemish. Such is life with oily skin. So back away from the magnifying mirror, stop picking at things that no one but you will ever notice, and focus instead on making your skin look its best. There are things you can do to greatly improve the overall appearance and condition of your skin, but aiming for perfection will set you up for a world of frustration.

4) The posts in this series are not geared towards anyone suffering with inflammatory acne. The biggest problem I have with my skin is that my pores get clogged by excess oil and dead skin cells, leaving my skin with a very bumpy, uneven texture (blackheads and whiteheads). I do get mild breakouts here and there, but it’s not a full blown case of acne. In other words, I don’t get a lot of inflamed pimples, cysts or nodules. If you suffer from a more severe form of inflammatory acne, check out the information here.

Bear these things in mind as you read through the rest of the posts in this series and hopefully, if your skin is similar to mine, you will find some relief and see some improvement.

Best of luck!


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