Androgens are the hormones largely responsible for healthy oil production, and while that truly has benefits for your skin, it is a problem when androgens stimulate too much sebum production.
This excess sebum production can lead to clogged pores that can result in blackheads and breakouts.
Here are some things to look out for when choosing your skincare products:
Exfoliation is one of the most important skin-care steps for oily skin. Oily skin tends to have an extra-thick layer of built-up dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, along with a thickened pore lining.
Exfoliating is the best way to remove that build-up of dead skin cells and reduce clogged pores, while making skin feel smoother.
The best exfoliating ingredient for oily skin is Salicylic acid (a Beta Hydroxy Acid - BHA). Salicylic acid exfoliates not only the surface of your skin but also inside the pore lining, helping any oil rise to the surface.
Another benefit of salicylic acid is that it has anti-inflammatory properties so it reduces irritation, which helps to calm oil production.
Agera Deep Cleansing Salicylic Wash - contains 2% Salicylic acid.
Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Lotion - a great resurfacing product - contains Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid and Azelaic acid.
Absorb Excess Oil
As you begin to get your oily skin under control, it's likely that you still will need to use oil absorbing products.
Clay masks can be great at absorbing oil - SkinCeuticals clarifying clay mask.
Neostrata Oily Skin Solution - Glycolic based toner.
This vitamin A derivative is commonly found in anti-ageing formulations that target problems like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, yet it's just as effective for oily skin. "Anything that builds collagen and firms up skin, like retinol, will help keep pores tighter so that they create and emit less oil," explains Dr. Gross.
SkinCeuticals Retinol - New Beauty Choice Awards 'Best over-the-counter product with Retinol'
Having oily skin does not mean you can skip a moisturiser.
Choose a lightweight moisturiser that contains no pore-clogging ingredients and that can provide hydration while treating your skin to the essential ingredients such as antioxidants.
Neostrata Sheer Hydration - This light moisturiser hydrates skin with antioxidants in an oil-free formula.
Or if the thought of applying a lotion or cream is out of the question then go for hyaluronic acid, a natural way to boost your skin's moisture.
Sun Protection (am)
Even if you have oily skin, a sunscreen is essential for preventing wrinkles and reducing red marks.
PCA Skin Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 - ultra-sheer zinc oxide and a blend of additional sunscreen ingredients.