Matte Chat: What You Need to Know About Oily Skin

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What does oily skin mean? There’s a lot more to this skin type than a bit of shine.


What is Oily Skin?

Everyone needs a certain amount of natural oil to keep their skin supple and moisturized. Skin type is determined by how much oil the skin on your face produces; depending on this, your skin type can be categorized as dry, combination and oily.


An oily skin type is exactly what it sounds like – excess oil on the face produces a persistently shiny or greasy appearance. If you don’t treat your oily skin, pores can become clogged and enlarged, and dead skin cells may accumulate. Blackheads, pimples and other types of acne are also common with this skin type.


The Science Behind the Oil

Sebaceous glands are located within the skin and are responsible for secreting an oily substance called sebum. Sebum lubricates the skin, protecting it from drying out or becoming irritated. This oil, along with sweat, is secreted through the pores. When this process goes smoothly, sebum not only lubricates your skin, but it also removes dead skin cells and other irritants from your pores. However, when over-active sebaceous glands produce excess sebum, your skin looks shiny and your pores can become clogged, leading to a host of skin imperfections.


How to Know if You Have Oily-Type Skin

If your skin exhibits the following, then you have an oily skin type:


  • Your face is shiny and usually appears greasy later on in the day
  • Makeup doesn’t stay on and seems to “slide” off
  • The oilier areas of your face have blackheads, pimples or other types of acne
  • Pores are visibly enlarged, especially on your nose, chin and forehead


Take special note of your T-Zone. The T-Zone is the region of the face consisting of the forehead and nose which naturally tend to have more active oil glands that may produce excess sebum. If your T-Zone is oily but the rest of your face looks normal or dry, then you have combination-type skin. Anyone’s skin can have multiple “types,” and that these types can change due to hormones, climate and stress levels. If you’re still not sure which skin type you are, find out here.


Who Gets Oily Skin?

Oily skin is typically hereditary – if you have oily skin, it’s probably because your parents suffered a similar fate. But excess oil can also be the result of heightened hormone levels, for instance during puberty, as well as during some parts of women’s menstrual cycle, during pregnancy and when they’re going through menopause, as sebaceous glands become more active during these times.


Silver Lining

If your oily skin is driving you crazy, there’s good news – those with oily skin types tend to have more moisture in their skin, making them less prone to premature wrinkles.  The key is to keeping the oiliness of your skin under control so you can put your best face forward. ESPADA blue light acne treatment is clinically proven to do just that! By reducing sebum levels and resulting breakouts, ESPADA is the skincare secret weapon perfect for those with an oily skin type.

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26 responses to “Matte Chat: What You Need to Know About Oily Skin”

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  3. Thank you for sharing this guide. I am currently facing oily skin issue. But after using some tips and remedies that you mentioned it’s beginning to decrease. so thanks again for sharing this great info.

  4. I do agree with you that oily skin is hereditary but it can be beneficial to great looking skin with the right type of daily care. Contrary to what some might think oily skin will not encourage faster growth or appearance of blackheads or pimples. You do point out a few solid tips that can be useful to those with oily skin.

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  7. Sundasnayab says:

    But just want to ask some question about my skin can you answer please

  8. Suyud Issa says:

    To be honest, despite always being told that my skin was oily (for obvious reasons), I’m pretty sure my skin is more than just oily. I suffer from oily + acne skin, so it’s much harder for me to deal with my skin.

    One day my skin can look great and then the next not, I have always had serious skin problems so identifying my skin type was a huge step into a better skin for sure. What tips do you recommend for someone who is an acne prone + oily skin sufferer?

  9. Suyud Issa says:

    Thank you so much for your help, it took me sometime to get back on track but I have finally done it. I am taking care of my skin following my own step by step skin care routine and following the tips you suggested I follow to control my oily skin,

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  13. This was a good read. It’s good to know what actuallý causes oily skin and what are its characteristics. I have had oily skin for ages and the best way to deal with something is to know what CAUSES it.

  14. Really useful article on oily skin. Some soaps are good for oily skin that control the excess of oil on the skin without making the skin extra dry.

    • carly says:

      That’s correct Ayesha and we would not recommend cleansers that strip the skin further from their natural oils as they can worsen the problem.

  15. Fredrick Emeka says:

    that’s a true fact carly cleanser that strip the skin is chronic for oily skin.

    • carly says:

      Thank you Fredricka and glad to hear you enjoyed the post.

  16. Betty Parks says:

    I like your title: Matte Chat.
    But your article raised a question.
    I was under the impression that even oily skin needed good moisturization. So what is it with oily skin? Moisturize it like the other skin types? Or not?

    • carly says:

      Dear Betty, Great question! As with all skin, we need to take care of it so for Oily skin types, this still needs to be moisturised and protected so we recommend using a cream or gel that is designed for oily skin to keep it hydrated but minus the excess oil in its ingredients to not overload the skin.

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