If you've noticed your skin has a little extra shine, then it's likely that you have what's classified as oily skin. While it's true that everybody has oil in their skin (after all, it's what helps keep it hydrated!), too much oil can cause breakouts and too much shine. If this sounds like you, then you'll be happy to know that there are some dermatologist-approved tips for how you can help your oily skin, especially during the warmer weather of summer.
What Causes Oily Skin Anyway?
Under each pore of your skin is something called a sebaceous gland that produces sebum. Sebum helps keep your skin hydrated. However, if your sebaceous gland happens to produce a bit too much sebum, then that's what leads to oily skin. You may be curious about why some people may produce more sebum than others. The causes for oily skin may be linked to:
·      Genetics
·      Your location
·      The season
·      Age
·      Enlarged pores
·      Using the wrong skincare products
Understanding why you may be producing more oil can help you correct the issue or find the appropriate treatment plan.
Warmer Weather Means More Oil
Summer is upon us, and while that usually means more time at the beach, it also means more oil on your skin. In the summer months, we all sweat more. This means that people who have oily skin tend to see even more shine, and people who don't typically have oily skin may start to see signs of it. Therefore, it's important to evaluate your skin so that you know what kind of skincare you should be doing to protect your skin.
Tips for Oily Skin During the Summer Months
As the temperature rises, it's a good idea to make sure that your skin is ready for this season. Here are a few skincare tips to keep in mind if you have oily skin.
Deep cleanse: It's important to go the extra mile when cleaning your face. Dermatologists suggest doing a deep cleanse, especially during the summer months, to help your skin properly hydrate and moisturize your skin. This helps reduce the appearance of oil and the likeliness of breakouts. We recommend SkinCeuticals Replenishing Cleanser Cream.
Wear sunscreen: You should always wear sunscreen, but it's especially helpful for people with oily skin. Slathering on a healthy amount of sunscreen helps control oil and shine. Shop sunscreens here.
Skip the makeup: Help your pores out by going foundation-free this summer. Doing so could help keep your pores clear and less oil buildup on your face.
Remember to exfoliate: Exfoliating is an important part of your skincare routine, but especially so if your skin is oily. Exfoliating allows you to slough away dead skin and other buildups of product on your skin. We recommend SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub.
Don't forget to moisturize: It may feel counterproductive to moisturize oily skin, but it is absolutely necessary. You must keep your skin hydrated if you want to achieve balance. We recommend SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer.
If you're dealing with oily skin this summer, know that you're not alone! There are plenty of people just like you who are definitely working through the struggle. The important thing to remember is to keep your skincare routine a priority, and remember to give your skin a break by protecting it from the sun and skipping makeup when you can.
This summer is sure to be the best one yet--let's make sure your skin is ready for it! And as always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment.
Rachelle Riley