If you answer yes to most of these questions below, you have oily skin.
- Does your skin often look shiny?
- Is your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) prone to pimples and blackheads?
- Are the pores on your face clearly visible?
- Does your skin seem to soak up make-up?
If you're still not sure, here's another thing you can try.
Wash your face, wait an hour, then press a tissue against your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks. If you can see any oil left on the tissue, you have oily skin.
Why the oil?
Sebum is your skin's natural oil. It's made by the sebaceous glands below the surface of your skin. Everyone's skin is different when it comes to how much sebum it makes. Oily skin makes a lot of sebum, which is why it looks so shiny.
A lot of people get oily skin with hormonal changes during puberty or with their periods.
Living with oily skin Having oily skin definitely has its down sides. No matter what you do, it always seems to look greasy and feel dirty. Oily skin can also make make-up hard to wear because it disappears or slides off during the day. Luckily, scientific research and modern beauty products have made it a whole lot easier these days to keep oily skin under control. Managing your oily skin is possible!
How to do it!
A foaming cleanser. Foaming cleansers feel light on oily skin but still deep-cleanse to balance the oiliness. A good cleanser will get rid of all the dirt, grime, make-up and oil that builds up on your skin everyday.
A gentle, alcohol-free toner. Toners wash off any cleanser left on your skin and balance its pH level. Toners can also help to control the shininess of your skin.