5 Oily skin myths debunked
If you suffer with an oily complexion, you’ll have heard plenty of old wive’s tales about how to deal with it and how not to deal with it. Most big shiny skin myths seem believable – until you dig a little deeper.
Myth #1 oily skin is dirty
Dirty skin doesn’t cause oiliness. Acne and oil are not caused by dirt, they are the result of human hormones. Hormones, especially prevalent in adolescence, stimulate the skin’s oil-producing sebaceous glands to produce oil and block pores.
The danger of thinking that oily skin is dirty skin is that it leads to over-cleansing or using harsh cleansers – which strips the skin of natural oils and leaves it out of balance. When you strip it clean, all you’re doing is encouraging it to produce more oil, which in turn leads to clogged pores and breakouts.
TIP: Choose a cleanser that is non-foaming, gentle, and hydrating and limit cleansing to twice a day.
Myth #2 oily skin doesn’t need moisturiser
Not true. Oily skin is often dehydrated and the oiliness is a result of the skin over-compensating by producing too much oil. Not moisturising will just make the problem worse!
TIP: Choose a moisturiser that is non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores) and make sure it is lightweight with no greasy feeling after application.
Myth #3 oily skin is caused by diet
Oily skin and acne are not typically caused by diet. Although diet does help skin health, oily skin is genetic and often linked to hormone production, which in turn influences oil production. The best thing you can do for oily skin is live a balanced life as it relates to skincare and diet.
Myth #4 using oil on oily skin is bad
This is probably the most widely-believed oily skin myth because it’s logical to assume that face oil will make your skin oilier. But in fact, the right oils – specifically non-comedogenic ones like jojoba oil and grape seed oil – can help to balance the skin’s oil production and mattify the complexion.
TIP: Superstar retinoid night oil is formulated with a host of non-comedogenic cold-pressed natural oils to keep oily skin healthy and balanced.
Myth #5 oily skin has no benefits!
Although oily skin can clog pores and lead to increased breakouts, it also has many benefits over other skin types. Oil helps to preserve the skin, so people with oily skin tend to have stronger skin and fewer wrinkles.
The key is to strike a balance between too much oil production and maintaining your skin’s natural moisture.