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Oily Skin

Oily Skin

Why it's Dermoi

Oily skin is a very common skin condition, affecting both men and women. Most of us first develop it during puberty, with around 75% of young people between the ages of 15 and 20 developing the concern. For some people, oily skin can even crop up until around the age of 60.

Despite all this, most people still don't know how to treat their oily skin, and that's why we're here to lend a helping hand.

The most effective way to control sebum production is to wash your face every morning, evening, as well as after exercise. At Dermoi, we have a range of gentle facial cleansers designed specifically for oily skin types.

It’s also important to avoid touching your face throughout the day if you suffer from skin oiliness. Doing so can spread oil, dirt and bacteria from your hands to your face which will only exasperate any existing issues.

However, with oily skin, constantly removing oil with harsh cleansers and exfoliators will make the problem worse. A certain level of oil is needed to keep skin tissue healthy, and when it is regularly removed, the skin will produce more oil to compensate for this.

It is best to think about balancing the skin rather than removing oil completely. Moisturisers will help the condition, especially those with lightweight textures.

Furthermore, there is a misconception that oily skin types should avoid oil. This is not the case. Using a facial oil in the evening will help balance skin sebum levels overtime.

On top of this, any products with vitamin A help to regulate skin cell shedding and sebum levels. Topical serums will really help with this, but also supplements containing vitamin A.

Finally, SPF is an essential step in all skin care routines, regardless of your skin type. SPF technology is becoming much better, with many SPFs now containing oil absorbing ingredients.

Browse our full range of oily skin products below.


Tackling Excess Oil

Oily skin occurs as a result of sebum being overproduced by the sebaceous glands¹, which are located just under the skin’s surface. Sebum is an oily, waxy substance which the body naturally produces. Sebum coats, moisturises and protects the skin, and is essential for maintaining healthy skin.

However, too much of it can cause problems. An excess of sebum leads to excess oil which can result in clogged pores, and even acne. Oily skin characteristics include shiny looking skin, and greasy skin which appears just hours after cleansing.

Oily Skin Causes

What causes sebum overproduction? The main cause is hormonal imbalance. Therefore, oily skin and its attributed skin conditions appear commonly during puberty and pregnancy. Genetics, stress, heat and exercise can also all cause oiliness.


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