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Oily Skin: What You Need to Know

Think you might have oily skin? Here’s what to look for:
  • Skin that appears greasier and shinier as the day goes on
  • Makeup that feels like it “slides off” easily
  • Blackheads and blemishes appear in areas of your face that are typically the most oily
You experience oily skin when your pores produce excess sebum. This causes skin to look greasy and can be worsened by factors like diet, age, and climate. Sebum is important as it helps protect and moisturise your skin, but too much can lead to oily skin!
The following tips for oily skin should help you understand this skin type better and how to care for it.
Skin Tip 1
The best skincare routine for oily skin includes washing your face in the morning, at night and especially after exercise. You also need to be hydrating skin daily with an oil-free moisturiser, regularly exfoliating with a pore-refining scrub and using blotting papers when needed.
Skin Tip 2
When shopping for oily skin products, look for labels that say "oil-free" or "non-comedogenic," which means they won't clog pores.
Skin Tip 3
The biggest no-no's for oily skin concerns your daily habits! Regularly touching your face with your fingers, skipping showers, choosing to wear oily makeup (and forgetting to take it off at the end of the day) are all ways to exacerbate oily skin conditions.
Skin Tip 4
Whereas dry skin can be too sensitive for harsh exfoliants, oily skin can benefit from more potent methods of exfoliation. If you tend to experience high levels of sebum production, you may benefit from using a product with physical granules to help keep pores clean.
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