What does having Oily or Combination skin mean?

Dry or Dehydrated Skin Type

What causes Oily & Combination skin?

Nearly everybody will suffer with some degree of oiliness or have combination skin at some point in their life. This is due to different factors like hormonal imbalances (teenage skin/ menstruation/ adult acne), lifestyle such as diet or stress and finally medication or harsh ingredients stripping the surface layers of your skin.

Why does my skin get oily?

It starts with the overproduction of sebum in the sebaceous glands. This can cause the skin to look shiny and feel greasy to the touch. Spots and breakouts are common due to the excess oil which can also cause the pores to look enlarged as they become blocked. Your skin may appear dull and sallow as there is limited oxygen getting into the skin.

Oily skin on the other hand will be oily across all areas on the face. Oil in your skin is not all bad though, it will keep the skin well moisturised preventing lines and wrinkles from becoming visible therefore you will delay the signs of ageing for longer. When the skin is dry, it can feel uncomfortable especially during the winter seasons or in different environments, but having oily skin means you’re less likely to experience this discomfort.

How can I reduce the effects of Oily skin?

  • Ask for advice
    Seek advice from a skincare expert to guide you in which product/s will benefit your skin the most without causing further irritation. It is very easy to make the wrong choices and pick products that make the skin more problematic.
  • Develop a targeted routine
    Have a good skin care routine. Double cleanse the skin morning and evening as this will help to keep the skin clear by minimising impurities. Don’t use anything too harsh or stripping, a gentle wash or cleansing oil will be ideal as long as it is thoroughly removing any make-up and dirt. Oil attracts oil like a magnet so an oil texture can be really beneficial for this skin type.
  • Hydrate your skin through moisturising
    People often don’t moisturise an oily skin as they think their skin is oily enough. However oil is completely different to water, so whilst the skin is very oily it may be super dehydrated. It’s about creating the balance between the two. It is still important to moisturise as it will protect then skin from external aggressions. Select a cream which feels light and has a mattifying action and the skin will appear less shiny and brighter.
  • Don’t over-exfoliate oily skin
    Don’t over exfoliate which is something we often do to reduce the oil. In fact over exfoliating will only tell our skin to produce more oils to overcompensate. Scrubs can be a popular choice but they can be too stimulating. Instead, try a mild enzyme peel as this will be gentler and will help to unblock the pores also.
  • Keep a clean regime
    Get that good night’s sleep and change your bedding at least once a week as you accumulate dirt, make up, sweat and bacteria which you then transfer back onto the skin. Clean your make up brushes on a regular basis to stop the spread of the bacteria which could lead to breakouts.
  • Think about the food you’re eating
    Look at your diet. What we feed the body from the inside reflects on the outside, so try to eat your 5 a day and drink plenty of water which is essential for general health and well- being.

There are lots of ways you can reduce the visible effects of Oily / Combination skin, it is just about finding the steps that are right for you. It is important to remember to treat your skin’s concern instead of focusing on covering up the after effects. For Oily / Combination skin, a key point to take away is to keep your skin hydrated and not shy away from moisturising because you feel your skin is already oily. Chances are, your skin is over producing on oil because it is crying out it is dry and in need of hydration.