Published: Mon March 04, 2013
Categories: The Myth Minx
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Most of us are aware, that knowing your skin type is a big factor to having a skincare routine and range that suits you. However, one type of skin has more ‘myths’ around treating it than the others -- and that’s the ‘oily’ skin
Some of the others biggest myth-conceptions in the treatment for oily skin are: that you should stop moisturising, only use oil-free products, always use a toner, carry around blotting papers—the list goes on!
Another problem is that many misdiagnose their own skin & imagine that they have oily skin, when quite often it’s not actually the case. The first question you should ask yourself: Do you really have oily skin
, or just a little shine in the summer time?
To start with, a lot of people misconstrued having a natural glow from the elements, with having oily skin – they then over treat it with drying products. You should really only label your skin ‘oily’ if it becomes an oil slick within an hour of washing your face. Otherwise, it’s more than likely you have combination skin.
For those of you who do – or are treating someone who does have oily skin, here are my 3 biggest Myth-Conceptions around treating it.
MYTH NO. 1: Don’t moisturise oily skin.
Many people with slightly oily skin think that they need to dry it out, and forego any extra moisture. This isn’t the case. By using a harsh cleanser and not applying moisturiser, your skin will start to produce more oil, perpetuating and even worsening the vicious cycle of sebum production. However, there are some you should avoid. Stay away from heavy moisturisers that contain shea butter and petrolatum they can cause excess sebum production on oily skin types
Always, always, always moisturise! By moisturising daily, you will regulate your oil production so it doesn’t overproduce sebum. Try different moisturisers to see which formula your skin prefers, but don’t skimp! Make sure you have a practitioner help diagnose which one will work best for you. the skin is excessively oily then adding a moisturiser with a rich oil or heavy silicone base will exasperate the problem leading to possible congestion and breakout. Look for lightweight moisturisers
with advanced formulations that will target excess oil in the skin and assist with lowering oil production. Some products actually contain enzyme inhibiting complexes that normalise sebum production. This will reduce shine and prevent further congestion occurring.
MYTH NO. 2: Only use oil-free products.
It is purely a myth that girls with oily skin should use oil-free products. Although they may say oil-free on the label, most of the ingredients will contain some sort of oil. They don’t have to say oil-free specifically to be a useful product. It’s most important that the ingredients combat oil, rather than being ‘oil free.’ The natural barrier function of the skin is what seals in moisture and prevents trans epidermal water loss. Using oil on an oily skin is not beneficial.
An oily skin can have an impaired barrier function however if stripping and drying acne type products are used for long periods or the skin is over exfoliated. This can lead to the skin becoming dehydrated and sensitised.
MYTH NO. 3: You must use a toner or astringent to balance skin
All skin types can follow their cleanser with a toner or astringent, but it’s not a must-do for oily complexions. If you enjoy the tightening benefits of a toner, look for a formula of cleanser that contains glycolic acid to cut through the grease—a good glycolic cleanser should be enough to use it on it on your T-zone.
So you see – having ‘oily’ skin doesn’t have to feel like such a slippery slope to greasy overly shiny looking skin. With the right direction and daily routine you can go from slick skin, to having sleek hydrated skin.
No more Myth-Conceptions standing in your way.
What do you think? Do you have oily skin? What have you found is the biggest myth when it comes to treating your skin? Orif you're a skincare professional, what's made the biggest difference in your skin routine?