Oily Skin 101

Shiny, grease pot, “I can fry chicken on my face”? These are the common terms and phrases you hear from people with oily skin.

Do I have oily Skin?

If you have oily skin, your face will look and feel shiny. Here are some other telltale signs that you have oily skin:

Large Pores

Large Pores

  • Large, visible pores

  • Shiny T-zone (the t-shaped area that runs from your forehead down your nose to your mouth)

  • Frequent acne and blackheads

How do I fix it?

Many people who are oilier in the summer months strip their skin and skip the moisturizer. Huge mistake! Our bodies have what is called an acid mantle. The acid mantle is the skin’s way to protect itself from bacteria, environmental pollutants, and moisture loss. The acid mantle is made up of natural oils, sweat, and dead skin cells, and is slightly more acidic in nature to prevent these harmful (naturally alkaline) contaminants from penetrating and damaging the skin. The key to managing your oily skin is balancing your acid mantle. I recommend using oil-free, water-based cleansers and moisturizers that won’t make the problem worse.  It’s also a good idea to avoid scrubbing your face with harsh exfoliants that can irritate the skin. There are pro’s to oily skin such as a slower aging process. Finding a good regimen will help you find the balance you need this summer!

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