Oily or greasy skin is caused by over production of sebum, an oil naturally produced by the sebaceous glands, which are found around the hair follicles under your skin. As sebum is produces, it is secreted through the pores, and is used to keep skin protected, soft and elastic.
When too much sebum starts making its way onto the skin’s surface, it can leave the skin looking shiny and feeling greasy to the touch. This can be unattractive, can cause make-up not to sit properly on the face, and can lead to spots and blemishes if the pores become clogged and bacteria begins to grow in the trapped sebum.
Oily skin can be something you have all the time, in a lot of cases affecting the “T-Zone” – the forehead, nose and chin – or it can occur at certain times, usually caused by hormonal changes, for example during puberty, menstruation, or pregnancy.
There are many cosmetic cleansers on the market for people with an oily skin type or with what is called “combination skin”, where the T-zone is oily but the rest of the face a “normal” skin type, but many of the cheap, readily available ones you can pick up off the shelf in your local supermarket are far from the best – they can dry out skin, leaving it feeling tight, and often give you an unpleasant stinging or burning feeling when you use them.
The best solution is to use a cleanser and toner designed for treating oily, spot prone skin, such as can be found in the range of products by Exposed. The Exposed solution is marketed as a treatment for full blown acne, however their cleanser and toner are also perfect for people with oily skin, even if they only get the odd outbreak of spots here and there rather than suffering from a proper acne condition.
The reason why these products are so much better than the off the shelf cleansers like Clearsil is that they work in harmony with your skin’s chemistry rather than fighting against it, so you don’t get that familiar stinging feeling and your skin won’t dry out. Exposed promotes a healthy level of sebum, rather than drying it all away, so it is much kinder to your skin and much more likely to leave you with the clean, supple looking skin you want.
It is best to use a cleanser, such as Exposed’s, to thoroughly clean the skin, deep into the pores, taking away excess oil and any dead cells or impurities that might clog the pores and cause spots. You then use a toner to close the pores to stop anything getting in and blocking them up, and to give the skin a smooth, matte texture.
One other tip is to use a blotting powder throughout the day in between cleansing in the morning and at night to remove excess oil quickly and keep your skin looking good. MAC’s Blot Powder is great for this, and you can take it everywhere.