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Is Your Oily Skin Causing Acne Breakouts?

Is Your Oily Skin Causing Acne Breakouts?

We all have oil under our skin. It is natural. Under our skin, we have sebaceous glands that produce natural oils called sebum. This helps keep our skin hydrated, and healthy. However, in some people, the sebaceous glands can produce too much oil making the skin appear too oily. You can know that your skin type is oily when your skin constantly looks shiny and feels greasy within a few hours of cleansing.

Oily skin and acne

Oily skin and acne

It is known that oily skin is more susceptible to acne flare-ups. This is because the sebum produced mixes up with the dead skin cells and gets stuck in the pores. These clogged pores can result in acne and breakouts. So, if your acne is not going away, your oily skin may be the reason behind it. 

While you can have numerous solutions for acne: be it in an anti-acne skincare routine, or anti-acne treatments, or anti-acne diet, not treating your oily skin issue can crowd your face with acne and pimples again and again. 

There are several habits that with or without your knowledge are making your oily skin even oilier. In order to treat acne-related to oily skin, you must know about the dos and don'ts of maintaining oily skin.

Habits that are causing your oily skin to be even oilier

Overwashing your face (more than 2 times a day)

Overwashing your face

Every time you feel your skin is becoming oily, you are tempted to wash. This goes on and on and on... It may seem like you're getting rid of the oil by washing it again and again, however, it is the opposite. Overwashing triggers the oil glands into producing more oils thinking that all the oils are being swept away. It is always advised to wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning to create a fresh look or base for sunscreen. Second, before bed, to get rid of makeup and day's pollutants.

Skipping moisturizer

You might think that your oily skin doesn't need a moisturizer, but wait! Skipping moisturizer in your skincare routine can actually make your skin more oily. Moisturizer will add moisture to the skin thus minimizing the skin's perception that it is too dry (triggering it to produce more oil). Applying a moisturizer can reduce the production of sebum.

Using products that clog pores

Having oily skin means you are already overproducing oil, so you must stay away from the products that could block the oil glands, hair follicles, or pores, as these blockings can increase the chances of breakouts. We know it is difficult to understand which product will suit your skin, without giving it a trial. But our best advice is to start with those products that are labeled non-comedogenic, as they won't clog your pores or trap oil underneath. 

Scrubbing your face too hard

It is a common belief that scrubbing the skin helps deep-clean the pores, reduces oiliness, and clears acne. But what if we tell you that exfoliating regularly or too hard won't make your skin less oily, and won't improve acne. Because it can irritate the skin. Oily or not, treat your skin with kindness. 

Overusing salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a wonder ingredient for those with oily skin, but it is important that you don't overuse it. It helps exfoliate and remove the dead layer of skin that can clog up pores. However overusing it can cause dryness of the skin, and in defense, the skin produces more oil, making your skin oilier and acne-prone. So, instead of including several products with salicylic acid in your routine, add just one. 

Not using toner


For people with oily skin, toners are like the superhero of skincare products. They pull excess oil, dirt, and grease from the skin, leaving it fresh and clean. However one mistake you might be making is by thinking that a harsh and alcohol-based toner or astringent will work best in banishing oil from your face, however, it may be stripping off an extra too much oil from your skin, making it taut and itchy. Your skin then compensates by producing oil from the oil glands to make up for the extra oil that was stripped away. So if you want to add toner to your skincare routine, try to buy those without alcohol. 

Applying oily makeup

Having oily skin means you're already producing some of the natural moisturizing factors that keep the skin barrier intact, so you must not add another layer of oiliness on top. So try to buy/use oil-free foundations, concealers, and primers. 

You're too stressed

We have always underlined the fact that stress can show an adverse effect on your skin. Apart from your physical and mental health, stress takes a toll on your skin, by showing early signs of aging, damage, breakage, dull skin, and dark circles. Stressed-out skin, that too oily skin, is likely to have more acne breakouts.