What is Oily Skin?

Oily skin is a common skin condition which can affect people of all ages. Oily skin can make you feel more self-conscious as you have a higher chance of getting acne.  

It can also affect teenagers and children going through puberty as there are hormonal changes in the body.

This is when oily skin produces more sebum than is needed. Sebum is oily and waxy which comes from the sebaceous glands. To have healthy skin our body needs sebum but when the body produces too much you are more likely to experience breakouts, acne, pimples, blackheads, clogged or enlarged pores. Scarring can occur more by having oily skin, Rosehip seed oil has amazing benefits to reduce scarring.

How can I identify if I have oily skin?

  • Your face is shiny and greasy without adding product to the skin
  • The make-up slides of your skin and creates more spots
  • You have a build-up of sebum or oil on the (T-Zone), face throughout the day despite using blotting paper
  • Your T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) become greasy which could lead to pimples, blackheads and acne.
  • You get more breakouts  whilst on your period
  • You can also get whiteheads on the chin

There are many reasons for someone having oily skin and this can be different from person to person. Hormonal changes in the body can be a cause for this, diet, medication, genetics and environmental.

What can I do to alleviate symptoms of oily skin?

  1. Wash your face daily with a face wash or soap that doesn’t contain alcohol
  2. Pat your face dry
  3. Apply a moisturiser to the skin
  4. Exfoliate when needed using a natural form of exfoliator as some exfoliators cause damage to the skin.

Here are some of the foods you could include in your diet for oily skin

Here is a review from Blossom who has oily skin and uses Icylda Skincare products

Prior to discovering Icylda Skincare, I was using products that were harmful to my oily and sensitive skin. Since using these products, they have helped to clear my spots which I believe these soap-filled face products caused. At first, I did not know if the products at Icylda Skincare would be suitable for me since they are not only body products which I planned to use on my face, but they are directed to those who have eczema (who typically have dry to very dry skin). However, I was pleasantly surprised and now use the shower gel as a shower gel and my face wash, the body butter for my face and body. I highly recommend these products for those who have sensitive skin and oily skin. Find out more about Icylda Skincare products.

  • Organic fruits and vegetables 
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Wholegrains
  • Green leafy vegetables; spinach, broccoli and kale
  • Citrus fruits; oranges, lemons and limes
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Here are some of the foods you could avoid
  • Dairy Products
  • Caffeine
  • Added sugars
  • Red meats
  • Spicy foods

Can you have oily skin and eczema?

Yes, it is possible to have oily skin and eczema, this is commonly known as seborrheic dermatitis which is a type of eczema. Seborrheic dermatitis can affect the parts of your body which produce too much oil. The areas which it can affect are the scalp, face, eyebrows, ears, eyelids and the sides of the nose. These are red and patchy areas on the skin which can be itchy.

The treatment and skin regime for Seborrheic dermatitis will be different to just having oily skin so, it’s advisable to seek medical advice if your symptoms persist.

Written and posted by Amanda Roberts, the CEO of Icylda Skincare on 25th August 2020.

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