Do you suffer from oily skin? 

Typically characterized by large visible pores, a shiny complexion, and often a frequent breakout of white and blackheads, oily skin is most common in people aged between 15 and 20 years old. However, it can affect people of all ages. 

While you cannot get rid of oily skin, there are ways that you can reduce excess oil and reduce the overall visibility of your pores. 

If you are keen to learn more about what causes oily skin and how to reduce the appearance of an oily complexion, then the blog below will tell you everything you need to know. 

How to reduce oily skin 

The good news is if you have oily skin, there are steps that you can take to make your skin look less shiny. 

Most notably, a good skincare regime is a must. While you may think that oily skin does not require moisturizing, the opposite is true. Oily skin needs hydrating like other skin types do, and if you skip this step, you risk making the appearance of your skin even worse. 

Look for a moisturizer that is specially formulated for oily skin; these tend to have a light texture so that they don’t feel heavy on the face. Also, make sure that you gently exfoliate each day to remove any dead skin cells. 

If you suffer from acne as a result of your oily skin, you may also want to try an acne treatment such as Differin Gel which contains adapalene, a retinoid that dries out the skin and effectively clears up blemishes. 

What are the main causes of oily skin? 

Oily skin occurs when the sebaceous glands produce too much oil, also known as sebum. While sebum is needed to protect the skin and keep it hydrated, too much can make your complexion appear shiny and even greasy. 

If your skin produces too much sebum, you are also more likely to experience acne, as it gives bacteria fertile ground to breed on. 

Some people are more prone to this skin type than others, and other factors that can contribute to oily skin include:

  • Genetics 

Oily skin tends to run in the family, so if your parents have oily skin, you are much more likely to have this skin type. 

  • Age 

While you do not grow out of oily skin, it is much more prevalent in adolescents, and people tend to get less oily skin as they get older as the sebaceous glands slow down. 

  • The time of year 

Oily skin is more common in the summer when the weather is warm and humid. 

  • Harsh or heavy skincare products or cosmetics 

If you have oily skin, certain skincare products and cosmetics can make your complexion worse. 

  • Not moisturizing 

While some people think that using too much moisturizer causes oily skin, this skincare product is needed to keep your skin hydrated. This is particularly true if you are using an acne treatment that is known for drying out the skin. 

  • The climate you live in 

Living in a hot and humid climate makes you much more likely to experience oily skin