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While many of us dream about dewy, glowing skin – a shiny face is a major concern for those suffering from oily skin. It’s a complicated skin type that can have a plethora of underlying causes such as humidity, generic preconditions or your age. Everyone has pores in their skin. These are sebaceous glands that produce sebum. Some people have more pores, larger pores or overactive pores. It mostly depends on the cards you were dealt in your DNA!
If your skin always looks shiny and you find yourself constantly blotting or trying to get rid of a greasy shine – then you probably have oily skin. If you struggle with breakouts, then you could have oily skin, too! This is because your natural oils are mixing with dead skin cells and causing your pores to become aggravated, inflamed or clogged.
Having oily skin comes with good news, bad news, AND solutions – so let’s dig in!
Firstly, having oily skin could require a lifelong maintenance plan and even when putting a few “best practice” tips in place, it can still take at least a month to see results. There is no quick, permanent fix but there are loads of methods, easy switches and products that can get your oily skin under control. We’ve identified the most popular “oily skin maintenance tips” that are recommended by both skincare influencers and dermatologists!
While oily skin isn’t necessarily the main or only cause of acne, it definitely doesn’t help. This is because your skin’s oils (sebum) are mixing with shredded skin on your face’s surface. It’s an unfortunate combo that can cause blocked or clogged pores.
Look at products like retinol or medicated treatments like accutane (vitamin A) that could assist with the amount of oil that your skin is producing. A doctor or dermatologist may also prescribe other topical treatments, so it’s best to get advice before acne or breakouts cause any permanent scarring or damage to your skin.
Here comes the good news! Yes – it absolutely does. While your skin produces less sebum as you age, those with baseline oily skin should have normal – combination skin later in life. All skin produces less collagen as we age, and your skin cell turnover rate and sebum production slows down with it. When skin is dry, then fine lines and wrinkles are much more noticeable and prominent. So while people may have normal – combo skin in their 20s and 30s, they’ll most likely have dry skin in their 40s and up.
While this might be great news for you, you should also remember to adjust your own skincare routine as you age, so that you can finally enjoy your natural, dewy glow and all the skin health benefits that go along with it.
Still worried about your oily skin? Make an appointment to see a skincare professional for a full assessment and definitely speak to a doctor or dermatologist if you’ve suffering from acne. While you may have gorgeous skin in your late 30s and 40s, you don’t want to be left with any permanent scarring.
Have a glowing day, and remember to take good care of your skin!