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Skin Series: Oily Skin

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If you struggle with enlarged pores and excess shine and find yourself constantly plagued by the dreaded trifecta of breakouts, blackheads and blemishes, it may be that you have oily skin. Oily skin is a result of excess sebum production – just imagine your skin’s sebaceous glands going into overdrive, over-producing oils on the skin’s barrier. 

Keeping the overproduction of sebum at bay is a major concern for those of us with oily skin, excess sebum clogs pores and leads to breakouts, an outcome all of us would rather avoid.

One of the key steps in sebum management is cleansing. Cleanliness is next to godliness and this is a concept solidly grasped in the highly popularised Korean skincare method of double cleansing. If you wear makeup or sunscreen in the day – the latter being a must not an if – we recommend you use the two step cleansing process at night: first cleanse with an oil-based cleanser and then a water-based cleanser.

Since water repels oil, an oil-based cleanser will work to remove oil-based products from your skin such as makeup, SPF and other impurities. This allows for effortless cleaning – no more tugging on your eyelids to remove those last traces of mascara!

Using a water-based cleanser after will help to remove any remaining residue while leaving your skin smooth and supple. The trick is to find a gentle formula that won’t strip your skin of its natural barrier. Avoid formulations that contain sulfates as they break down the acid mantle of your skin. Remember, your skin is your ally not your enemy. You reap what you sow with your skin and attacking it with harsh, drying products will only send your skin into panic mode as it overcompensates by producing even more sebum.

It’s fine to fast forward to the water-based cleanser in the morning when you begin your day but definitely not at night, for reasons you now know why. Alternatively, you can use the same cleanser to double cleanse at night - simply rinse and repeat.

The next step is to tone your skin. Cleansing temporarily adjusts the skin’s pH level, momentarily confusing the natural acid mantle of the skin. While we believe in the skin’s natural self-regulatory abilities, your skin will nonetheless require some time to re-adjust. In that period of re-adjustment, oily skins will continue to produce oil on top of dehydrated skins. That is why a good toner is needed to restore the balance. Our Molecular Saviour Toner Mist is supercharged with a special water molecule that makes it anti-evaporation. It works during your skin’s downtime to nourish and hydrate, making the wrong right again.

Now remember what we said about your skin being an ally not an enemy. One of the important ways you can show your skin some tender loving care is to moisturise - day and night. Contrary to popular misconception, moisturising is a crucial step in managing oil production. Ensuring your skin knows that it has enough moisture will prevent it from overcompensating and overproducing sebum. In the day, consider using a balancing moisturiser to help your oily skin stay hydrated and matte throughout the day. At night, try using our 1A Overnight Mask which works while you sleep to detoxify and nourish tired and stressed skin.

For some extra love and to help keep your oily skin in check, treat your skin to a clay mask. Clay masks are perfect for oily skin, they help to deep clean, absorb excess sebum and decongest all those clogged pores. A tip when using clay masks - don’t wait for it to reach the flaky stage before you start rinsing. Once you start to see it dry and change to a lighter colour, wash it off so it doesn’t dry out your skin. You can also spot treat stubborn zits by covering them with a layer of clay mask overnight. The clay mask will help dry out those pesky blemishes while you sleep.

All in all, your major takeaway should be that your skin is your friend, and you should never take away from it more than you give. 

Here’s to happy skin!