Uncovering Misconceptions About Oily Skin

There are several misunderstandings concerning oily skin that might exacerbate the already difficult condition of having oily skin. To maintain our skin smooth and velvety, our bodies create oil, but too little or too much of it may be problematic. Overproduction of oil can result in oiliness, which can then trigger breakouts.

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The major causes of excessive skin oil production are hormones and heredity. Hormonal fluctuations during puberty and other life events can raise androgen levels, which in turn can raise oil production. Oily or combo skin types may be the cause of our frequent breakouts and persistent shine. We are classified as having oily skin if our faces seem and feel greasy, especially in the middle of the day. Combination skin indicates that our chin, nose, and forehead are oily and prone to acne, while our temples, cheeks, and eye region are dry. 

After the realities are clear, it's time to dispel some persistent misconceptions about oily skin.

1. Applying sunscreen leads to a rise in oil production.

A common myth is that regular use of sunscreen is too greasy for skin that is oily. However, using sunscreen on a daily basis should help prevent UV damage to our skin. Before leaving the house, use a tinted moisturizer with added SPF or a mild sunscreen if we have oily skin.

2. Moisturizing is not necessary for oily skin. 

On this list, this is the most prevalent myth. Many individuals believe that we don't need to apply moisturizer if we have oily skin. However, skipping the moisturizer might actually lead our skin to get parched and our glands to secrete extra sebum to compensate. We can select moisturizers that are oil-free and non-comedic, particularly if we are prone to acne.

3. Oily skin might result from eating fatty foods.

It used to be thought that consuming fatty meals was the cause of oily skin. Even while nutrition and acne are related, the relationship isn't quite as clear-cut as we may imagine. Numerous studies have demonstrated that eating fatty foods such as chocolate, burgers, and fries does not directly promote oily skin or acne. Adhering to a balanced diet is undoubtedly beneficial for both our skin and general health. Foods like avocados, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, salmon, and mackerel are good additions to our diets to help control oil production and support overall improved skin. 

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4. Use an alcohol-based toner or astringent to keep the skin shine-free.

Astringents may provide a pleasing, cooling, pore-tightening sensation; but, if one has oily skin, proceed with caution. Certain astringents and toners include alcohol, which can fully deplete the skin's natural oil supply and induce the skin to create more oil to make up for the lost oil. This also holds true for other skincare products that include alcohol.

5. It's acceptable to exfoliate daily.

Even for other skin types, regular exfoliation is not recommended, despite how tempting it may be to scrape away all the oil. If we see increased oil production or discomfort, experts advise monitoring our skin's reaction to exfoliation and modifying the frequency and kind of exfoliant.

6. If our skin is oily, we cannot apply face oil.

Although many believe that applying facial oils can exacerbate oily skin, they are really excellent hydrating products. Skin oils have calming and moisturizing properties. It's crucial to select the appropriate oil for our skin type. By including face oil into their evening regimen, those with oily skin types can also benefit from it. When making your selection, choose for lighter oils that absorb fast and don't leave your skin feeling greasy or heavy.

7. People with oily skin types need to wash often.

Although it can seem like a good idea to wash oily skin several times a day to get rid of extra oil and avoid breakouts, doing so really has an unfavorable effect. Excessive cleansing of oily skin may result in disruption of the skin barrier and possible irritation. Additionally, it may cause our skin to produce extra oil, which may contribute to breakouts. 

Consequently, washing should be limited to twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening. Rinsing our faces to remove extra oil, perspiration, and germs that may cause breakouts is a good suggestion only after a vigorous sweat workout. Furthermore, double-cleansing is a fantastic addition to any bedtime regimen for oily skin since it effectively addresses excess oils. 

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