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What to Know About Oily Skin

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Many of us have issues with oily skin. Why some skin is oilier than others is a big mystery, but dealing with it doesn’t have to be. 

Oily skin attracts more dirt and is more prone to acne than dry or combination skin. This type of skin also tends to have a high shine that can cause issues with applying cosmetics. Can we do something to eliminate this issue? Read more to find out a little more about oily skin.

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Why Does Skin Produce Oils?

Our skin produces sebum mostly made up of lipids. The sebum protects us from microbial infections and keeps our skin moist. Along with sebum, we also produce sweat. Our skin also sheds dead skin cells. All of these combine to form a layer on the skin. Those who have oily skin produce more sebum. 

Hormones mainly activate the sebum production, and some of us are genetically conditioned to produce more of these oils. Talk with your doctor if you’re interested in finding out more or are looking for hormone management.

How to Manage Oily Skin

The most common and successful way of managing oily skin is to use oil-free skin care products. Wash your face at least twice a day with a gentle cleanser. You can find certain cleansers that are especially aimed at targeting oily skin. Oil-absorbing blotting papers and powder cosmetics can help mattify the look of an overly shiny face and control the oils. Astringents and toners can also do a great job of removing excess oil from the face as well.

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Luckily, those with oily skin may end up with fewer wrinkles and fine lines than those with dry skin, so keep that in mind!

If you’re interested in any of Athré Med Spa’s facial services or skin care products, contact us today!