4 Common Oily Skin Myths

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Oily Skin Myths

All around the beauty industry, we find many myths regarding skincare for the oily type. Probably the most common confusion is whether you have in fact oily skin or just shiny areas during hotter hours of the day. It's almost positive you have oily skin if your face gets shiny in less than an hour after washing it. If not, it's probably combination skin. So, if you're part of the oily pack, read below for some of the most common myths about this skin type, and their actual truths.

Myth #1: Oily skin shouldn't be moisturized. People with oily skin tend to think that moisturizing will only make skin oilier. However, this is false as not using a proper moisturizer after cleansing your face will produce more oil and make it appear shinier. Moisturizers help balance the production of oil and maintain skin hydrated, so it's important to include it into the skincare routine.

Myth #2: Wearing sunscreen will produce more oil. Another confusing matter about oily skin is that sun exposure without protection will dry the skin reducing production of oil. However, know that sun exposure without protection is harmful for every skin type, including oily. Sunscreen, besides minimizing sun damage, will absorb oil from sebaceous glands without clogging pores.

Myth #3: Not washing your face will reduce oily appearance. This is probably the most common belief, but also the most mistaken. It is true that washing your face too often will irritate your skin, causing more breakouts. However, not washing your face at all is as damaging. Not washing your face as recommended (twice a day) will make bacteria clog into pores and cause excess oil production for over-compensation. 

Myth #4: Oily skin is the most problematic. Every skin type has its benefits and its downsides. And even though oily skin is directly related to acne prone skin, it is also the skin type that suffers the least from wrinkles, so it has a great positive side if looked in the long term.

These are the most common misbeliefs regarding skin, now debunked. Hope you find this helpful!

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4 responses

  1. Oily skin doesn't have to be a problem for you if you know what to do. You can do a search online and find any number of recipes to put on your face that will help to control oil production. However, you will still be addressing the symptoms and not the cause.

    If you aren't sure how to get started figuring out what may be causing your oily skin, a Health Coach can point you in the right direction.

    Christal DeLoach
    "Optimizing Your Mind Body & Spirit"

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  3. I loved this post! I have oily skin and sometimes I'm afraid to moisturize and cause more oil!
    Lovely blog you have!!