Treatment and Care Of Oily Skin

Treatment and Care Of Oily Skin

Oily skin occurs in instances where the skin’s sebaceous glands produce an increased amount of sebum. Sebum refers to the oily and waxy substance that hydrated and protects the skin. Moreover, sebum is importance in the maintenance of a healthy skin (Gueniche, Castiel & Bernard, 2017). Nevertheless, excess amount of sebum may result in an oily skin, acne and clogged pores. The treatment and care of the oily skin requires one to take on regular skin care habits.  

Symptoms of Oily Skin 

Some of the notable symptoms of oily skin include clogged pores, a shiny skin appearance, rough looking skin and pimples. Individuals suffering from oily skins are prone to have challenges in finding apt makeup for their skins, and on some occasions the makeup may mix with the sebum resulting in divergent consistency (Endly & Miller, 2017). The severity and symptoms of oily skins tend to differ amongst individuals and genetics might also play a key role on the extent of oiliness of the skin. Still, aspects such as hormonal changes and increased stress levels might additionally increase the oil sebum production.  

Treatment and Care 

The treatment of oily skin mainly entails the various ways through which an individual may reduce the symptoms of the condition in case it becomes problematic.  In this regard, it is recommended that one should wash regularly (Ezerskaia et al., 2016). Thus, one should use warm water and soap (gentle) to decrease the amount of oil found on the skin. In washing with a gentle soap and warm water, one should avoid using soaps with additional moisturizers, fragrances and harsh chemicals that are prone to irritate the skin thereby making it respond through production of increased amount of sebum. Additionally, it is recommended that one should avoid rough wash cloths and loofahs as these have the ability to increase friction and this might, in turn, result in the skin getting stimulated to produce more oil (Park et al., 2018). However, in instances where the recommended washing with gentle soap and warm water fails to work, one might have to use acne care products that are medicate as they have acids capable of tackling oily skins. Lastly, to effectively care for and treat oily skin, it is recommended that one should use astringent toners with alcohol as they have the ability to dry the skin out.  

With regards to care, it is difficult to prevent and effectively treat oily skins that are due to genetic disorder and hormonal changes. As such, it is suggested that an individual should look for the best and consistent skin care routine that has proven to work best for his/her skin and adhere to it. One should also use makeup that is suitable for his/her skin as some might lead to more skin complications. In this regard, water-based makeup is recommended (Picardo, Mastrofrancesco & Bíró, 2015). Lastly, one should also stick to a diet that prevents production of increased sebum. 


Though a larger proportion of available home remedies for oily skins have not been fully researched, available scientific evidence suggest that a number of them are effectual. However, the ultimate test with regards to the efficiency is mainly an individual experience. An individual, should, therefore, find a skin care routine that works for him/her and adhere to it. However, consulting a dermatologist is recommended as this enables one to work with an experienced person capable of advising and directing him/her on the best cause of action on caring for an oily skin. Moreover, this will also enable the individual to protect his/her skin from scarring and complications.


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Gueniche, A., Castiel, I., & Bernard, D. (2017). U.S. Patent No. 9,782,611. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

Park, B. J., Kim, J. E., Ko, J., Kim, M. S., Park, E. J., Lee, G. Y., ... & Chang, S. E. (2018). Skin subtype categorization based on a new questionnaire for Korean women. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 1-5. 

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