Oily skin is a problem for millions of people worldwide. It is difficult to control because it’s the result of genetically determined hormonal changes in your body, and you simply cannot control hormones topically. The hormones responsible for oily skin are called androgens and they are present in both men and women.
While healthy oil production is beneficial for your skin, it is a problem when too much oil is produced. An excess of oil production leads to larger pores and a thickening of the pore lining that can result in blackheads and pimples.
Not all oily skin becomes acneic skin, however the two are often present together. Acne, called acne vulgaris, is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Typical features of acne include:
- seborrhea (increased oil secretion)
- nodules (large papules)
The appearance of acne varies with skin color. Hereditary factors are thought to be involved in about 80% of the cases.
Caring for Oily/Problem Skin
The first step is a gentle cleanser without sulfates. Many with oily skin incorrectly believe that their skin is dirty and wash too often with harsh cleanser and exfoliants. This will damage the skin and cause it to produce even more oil.
After cleansing, NeoGenesis Recovery, abundant in S²RM® technology, is perfect to naturally restore balance within the skin, reduce inflammation and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). PIH is the red and brown marks that remain from acne lesions and can be present on the skin for many months after the pimple is gone. Recovery used twice per day after cleansing will help to quickly heal the skin, thereby reducing the chances that scarring will occur.
People who have oily skin often steer clear of moisturizers, worrying that they’ll make their skin worse. Oily skin doesn’t need oil, however it does need hydration. Hydrated skin is a part of healthy skin. Keeping it hydrated will not trigger more oil production. Aggressively treated skin that may be oily but dehydrated will signal the hormones to produce more oil, keeping the problem ongoing. A light application of our Intensive Moisturizer may be used as needed after Recovery for any dry areas.