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Everyone’s skin is different. As such, each individual requires a personalized skincare routine that meets the specific needs of their skin ID. Skin ID is a combination of skin type, which is a long-term situation, and skin concerns, which are generally short-term issues. By determining your skin ID, you can understand what products will most effectively yield positive results.

Oily skin can lead to issues that make people feel self-conscious. Constantly blotting shiny skin and covering up acne are some of the results of an oily skin type. Luckily, oily skin is highly common and easy to treat, once you understand its causes and the ingredients that can combat it. Learn more about oily skin type so that you can develop a skincare routine that meets the needs of your oily skin.

Key Takeaways

  • Determine whether you have oily skin by looking for common characteristics.
  • Understand what causes oily skin so you can learn how to combat it.
  • Keep skin clean and exfoliated to avoid breakouts associated with oily skin type.
  • Finish each face wash with a toning product to remove residual oils.
  • Avoid products containing alcohols and oils that can dry out skin and seal dirt in.

Identifying Oily Skin Type

The truth is, everyone has oily skin to some degree. Natural oil production (sebum) is necessary to maintain skin’s moisture and elasticity. Your skin’s level of oil production is what determines your skin type.

There are four main types of healthy skin:

  • Normal: This skin has the perfect level of oils to create even, smooth skin.
  • Dry: This skin doesn’t have enough oil so it loses moisture.
  • Oily: An overproduction of oil leaves skin looking shiny and feeling greasy.
  • Combination: Some areas produce too much oil while others produce too little.

Oily skin type is typically identified by large pores, especially noticeable on the forehead, nose, and chin (T-zone). Skin feels thicker, and the excessive amounts of sebum tend to result in pimples, blackheads, and other acne issues. Women have trouble with makeup lasting through the day, and skin has a constant sheen. Correctly identifying your skin ID can help guide you in creating a skincare routine that addresses the needs of your particular issues.

Causes of Oily Skin

Beneath the skin’s surface lies sebaceous glands, whose sole purpose is to produce sebum. Sebum, which is essential for lubricating the skin and protecting it from dryness and irritation, is secreted through the skin’s pores. Some people have overactive sebaceous glands, which produce an excessive amount of sebum. This leads to skin that has too much oil, resulting in an oily skin type.

There are numerous reasons your sebaceous glands may overproduce sebum. Oily skin is usually genetic, but it can also be affected by hormonal imbalances. People going through puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can all see an increase in sebum production. Oily skin can also be a result of diet, cosmetics, and even some medications.

3 Ways to Combat Oily Skin

Usually, as sebum escapes through pores, it helps to rid the skin of dirt and dead skin cells. Unfortunately, when too much sebum is produced, it can actually clog pores and cause pimples and blackheads. For this reason, people with an oily skin type must take care in treating their skin to keep it healthy and refreshed. Here are three ways to combat your oily skin type.

1. Keep Skin Clean

Consider washing your face twice a day to help keep pores clear and sebum production at a manageable level. A face wash first thing in the morning will remove dirt and sweat that your body produced overnight. A final cleanse before bed will rid your skin of pollutants and oils you encountered throughout the day.

Using a gentle exfoliant can help minimize the buildup of dirt and oil that an oily skin type can experience. PH-balanced mild cleansers are great for oily skin types. They don’t dry out skin, they’re not too aggressive to cause irritation, and they penetrate pores to help eliminate blemishes.

2. Add a Toner to Your Skincare Routine

After a face wash, consider applying a toner to your skin to help deep clean your pores and remove any final traces of oil and dirt. This product is especially helpful for treating an oily skin type. Take care to avoid products with alcohol and menthol as these tend to dry skin out. While that may seem like a solution to your problem, it’s actually counterproductive. When skin dries out, it can try to compensate by producing even more oil to maintain skin’s moisture levels. This is a recipe for disaster for oily skin.

3. Choose Skincare Products Carefully

When determining your skincare routine, consider all the issues associated with oily skin. This will help you choose the best product for large pores and oily skin. There are two main issues you want to avoid when treating oily skin: an increase in oil production and trapping oils at the skin’s surface.

As you shop for skincare products, avoid items with sulfates and alcohols as they tend to dry out skin cells. You should also avoid the following ingredients:

  • Mineral oils
  • Petroleum
  • Paraffin

These products create a seal on the skin’s surface which can trap dirt and dead skin cells in pores and cause acne problems. Likewise, choose lightweight moisturizers that have lower level of oil.  Look for noncomedogenic products, as these won’t clog pores.

Develop a Custom Skincare Routine for Your Oily Skin Type

At snowperk, we know that everyone deals with individualized skin issues. Our personalized product line provides you the opportunity to build a skincare routine that’s right for you. Whether you’re looking for a face serum that won’t add to oil buildup or need a lightweight moisturizer for your oily skin, you’re sure to find the products you need to keep your oily skin under control.

Want to learn how to know your skin type? Take this simple skin analysis quiz today to determine your unique skin ID and find the right products for you.

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