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Why Do We Get Oily?

Our skin has pores, whether we like to admit it or not. Under our skin, beneath each pore, we have sebaceous glands that produce sebum. Sebum is, essentially, natural oils that are made and released by our body. These glands are important for keeping our skin hydrated, however in some cases can over-produce sebum, leading to oily skin. The causes of this may be genetic or environmental, such as living in a humid climate. Oily skin can cause a number of side effects such as enlarged pores, acne, poor makeup application and a shiny look to the face. It’s important to take proper care of your oily skin to avoid breakouts and restore balance.

How To Manage Oily Skin

We recommend coming to the clinic for a full skin analysis and treatment plan, but here are some helpful tips for managing your oily skin:

1.  Try not to touch your face

Our hands collect oils, dirt and bacteria throughout the day. Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before touching your face or applying products to avoid spreading oils and germs to your skin. 

2. Choose the right products for your skin type:

Luckily, many products nowadays are marketed towards specific skin types. This makes curating a routine that suits your skin much easier – that being said, there are certain ingredients that you should look out for. Products with glycolic or salicylic acid, niacinamides and retinol are all generally recommended for people with oily skin. We always recommend medical grade skin care such as SkinCeuticals. 

3. Practice a consistent skin care routine:

Staying consistent will be your best line of defense against oily skin. Applying skin care occasionally will not make a difference in the appearance or condition of your skin. Make sure to wash your face twice a day and apply skin care intended for oily skin – it’s important to continue using moisturizer and sunscreen, despite feeling like your skin may not need it. Facials are another wonderful option for targeting oily skin as they can be customized to suit your unique needs – for  oily skin we recommend Hydrafacial, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion facials.

Contact us today to book a complimentary in-depth skin analysis.