Oil is necessary for good skin, but too much of it can cause many skin issues.
Oily Skin Essentials
Causes: Overproduction of sebum in the hair pores of the skin.
Where it occurs: Anywhere. However it is most prominent on the face.
Why it's an issue: Excess sebum is an inflammatory agent and if pores are blocked, breakouts and acne can occur leading to further inflammation events.
Treatment: There are a number of approaches but most important is to clear the skin of excess sebum, clear the skin of debris, and control both of these.
Oily skin is one of people’s most common skin concerns. There are multiple reasons for the oiliness of your skin but as with all things skin, genetics and hormones are at the forefront of the reasons why you might develop oily skin.
People with oily skin are more prone to breakouts of acne and other skin issues.
What is oily skin?
Our skin produces an oil called sebum which keeps our skin soft and supple. When our skin over produces sebum to the point where it can be seen or felt on the surface, our skin is said to be oily.
Overproduction of sebum can have very negative effects on our skin health in a number of ways, not least when it comes to your skin cell renewal cycle.
What causes oily skin?
As we go through adolescence, hormones are produced which mature the oil producing glands of the skin (sebaceous glands). This causes them to produce the sebum our skin needs to keep it soft. However, during this time the hormones can cause overproduction of sebum and oily skin results.
As adults, fluctuations of the same hormones due to our genetics, stress, pregnancy, and diet can cause these glands to become overactive again. The result is oily skin.
It may be counterintuitive but letting your skin become too dry can also lead to oily skin. When your body detects that your skin is dry, it may prompt your glands to start producing oil to help stop your skin drying out. If too much oil is produced then oily skin results. (See moisturizers and oily skin below)
What are the dangers of oily skin?
Oily skin gives us a shiny look as the oil moves out of the pores and onto the surface of our skin, taking away from our overall appearance.
Should our pores become blocked, the oil can pool with dead skin cells that haven’t been exfoliated properly, and bacteria that naturally occurs on and in our skin. This can lead to an acne breakout of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples or other blemishes.
How do you treat oily skin?
Cleansing with a high quality cleanser and salicylic acid are the best weapons against oily skin.
At Amara we take an holistic approach which involves a skin consultation with one of our Skin Health Specialists. During this consultation they will aim to –
(1) Identify lifestyle factors that may be behind your oily skin
(2) Develop a working daily cleansing regime tailored to your skin type and oil production levels using products from the ZO Skin Health range.
(3) Address your skin’s starting condition with a Hydrafacial MD or Stimulator Peel treatment if needs be.
Should I moisturize with oily skin?
Yes. Failure to moisturize properly will cause your skin to dry out. When this happens your body may start producing sebum to compensate so it’s important to use a high quality and effective moisturizer, even if it feels counterintuitive.
Your treatment options at Amara
|A comprehensive skin consultation with one of our Skin Health Specialists will allow us to identify the likely factors contributing to your oily skin.|
ZO Skin Health Range
|This is the premium brand of medical grade skin care available today. Developed by world renowned dermatologist Dr Zein Obagi, this range of skin care has everything your skin will need to correct oil issues.|
|This light resurfacing treatment cleanses, exfoliates, includes a chemical and physical extraction of skin impurities, effectively hydrates and has add ons that promotes the maintenance of good skin condition. When it comes to oily skin, the Hydrafacial MD is a powerful treatment that gets your skin to where it needs to be to control overproduction of oil.|
ZO Stimulator Peel
|This elite peel is performed using ingredients from the ZO Skin Health Range of medical grade skin products. It makes use of three acids (glycolic, lactic and citric) to address excess sebum while also improving skin tone and texture.|