If you haven’t noticed, I am passionate about oily skin. Why? Because I’m an oily skin sufferer and because I know personally how hard it is to manage oily skin. There are a lot of myths surrounding oily skin and how to properly or correctly manage it. To get your oily skin under control, we’ll need to get our facts straight. Let’s jump into some of the more common oily skin myths and facts.
Oily Skin Myth and Fact #1: Always Cleanse Your Skin To Control Excess Oil
Oh boy, where to begin. The answer is Nope. Cleansing your skin (especially your face) twice is asking for trouble. Nobody should be cleansing more than twice regardless of skin type. Sometimes cleansing twice may even be too much. The thing is, over-cleansing strips the skin of its natural protective oils and erodes the natural lipid barrier. Also when you cleanse too much, the skin can become too dry and overcompensate for the loss of oil by producing too much oil.
Oily Skin Myth and Fact #2: Oily Skin Is Caused By Fatty Foods
Again, Nope. While foods high in fat are bad for the general health, oily foods are not responsible for oily skin. The skin’s production of oil has more to do with hormones than with consumed food. There is not enough research the back claims of high fat diets being responsible for oily skin. Some dermatologists flat out say there is no correlation. However if you notice certain foods trigger your skin you can always talk to your dermatologist.
Oily Skin Myth and Fact #3: Oily Skin Doesn’t Need Moisturizer
Still, Nope. It’s only logical to believe that oily skin doesn’t need an extra layer of moisture but these things are not that simple. Oily skin actually needs lots of hydration and moisture. Depriving oily skin of hydration and moisture will lead to an increase in oil production which is exactly what we were trying to avoid. Oily skin will benefit from a hydration-focused routine.
Oily Skin Myth and Fact #4: Oily Skin is Acne-Prone Skin
You’ve definitely come across oily skin posts that lump both oily skin and acne-prone skin together but its not always so. While too much oil can clog pores and lead to acne, there are still other factors that lead to acne breakouts. Dead skin cells, dirt, pollution, and poor hygiene can also cause acne. So there’s not much to fear if you take steps to keep your pores clear. You can have oily skin without the guarantee of acne.
Oily Skin Myth and Fact #5: Sunscreen Worsens Oily Skin
I think this myth keeps picking up steam because there aren’t a lot of cosmetically elegant sunscreens available. Most sunscreens are heavy and oily skin sufferers like myself tend to avoid them. But while they aren’t much, there are still lightweight sunscreens suitable for oily skin in the market. Also remember that oily skin implies presence of larger pores which is made worse by sun exposure. Hyperpigmentation is also hard to get rid of you you’re not using sunscreen as you should.