10 common myths about oily skin — Busted

Published On May 11, 2017 | By Goldie Brim | Beauty Care

“There are some things that just come with being a teenager. Your feet grow like crazy. I can’t stop that. Your hormones kick in. I don’t want to stop that. And then there are zits. I can stop that.” Words from boy wonder, Justin Bieber. Unfortunately, for many people, oily skin doesn’t end when puberty ends.  If you’re still struggling with oily skin in your 30s, take heart, because you’re not the only one.

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If fixing your oily skin has become the overarching theme of your skin care, you’ve probably struggled with countless trials and errors throughout your life.  If you have mature aging skin now, you’re probably combining a routine that combines oil control with strategies on how to remove wrinkles.

We’ve rounded up the following list of 10 myths about the oily skin you ought to know by now:

Myth No. 1: You need alcohol to get the oil under control.  These days, the skin care buzz favors oil cleansing.  The basic principle of the new practice is that oil is more attracted to oil so that excess oil from your skin is easily wiped or washed off your skin with oil.

Besides, alcohol leaves your skin dry which causes your skin’s oil production to go into overdrive in a bid to fight dryness. Unfortunately, your skin overcompensates for the lost moisture, making your skin become greasier.

Myth No. 2: You must skip the moisturizer if you have oily skin.  If you have oily skin, do not think for one second that you don’t need to apply moisturizer. You need one but always reach out for water-based formulas. You should also consider getting your moisturizer in either serum or lotion forms which are more lightweight than creams.  Of course, you can still reserve heavier creams, even oil-based ones, for use with your evening regimen, most especially when you are trying to correct and prevent signs of skin aging.

Myth No. 3: You have to keep cleansing your skin every time it gets too greasy.  Not a recommended practice at all. Any skin type need only be cleansed twice everyday, that is, once during your morning shower, and once again at night before you go to bed.  If you sweat profusely some time in midday, it is alright to have a third cleanse to take the sweat away.  Cleansing too frequently strips off natural oils on your skin, leaving your skin dry and later, greasier, than it normally is.

Myth No. 4: Raging hormones have nothing to do with your excessively oily skin.  Hormones influence your skin’s behavior a lot, and as a woman, you will notice major changes happening in your skin around puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. This is also why it is imperative that you keep reassessing your skin care routine on a periodic basis.

Myth No. 5: Stress does not affect how your skin behaves.  Any logical list of solutions on how to remove wrinkles will include stress management as a method of taming your skin. Stress is related to your hormones. Whenever you stress out, greasier skin often follows, and breakouts become likely.

Myth No. 6: You need to exfoliate more often if you have oily skin.  It can be tempting to keep scrubbing oily skin to try to get the grease off but, exfoliating must depend on your skin type and sensitivity to exfoliants as well.

Myth No. 7:  You need to tone throughout the day to keep your face from greasing too much.  Just as in cleansing, you only need to tone your face twice after every cleanse.  Toning, these days is used to tighten and smoothen pores, not so much to draw out excess oils locked in your pores.

Myth No. 8: DIY face masks do little to help manage your oily skin. These boost your skin’s hydration and therefore tames your skin’s behavior. Mud and clay also help absorb excess oil from your skin.

Myth No. 9:  You need more concealer to get a more mattified complexion and keep the oil under control when you have makeup on.  If you have oily skin, you need to keep your makeup sheer, in general. The more you layer, the greasier your skin becomes because it can’t breathe.

Myth No. 10: Oily skin is less prone to premature aging so it’s okay to soak up in the sun.  Sun protection does not excuse anybody from wearing sunscreen and avoiding the sun as much as possible.


If you still haven’t been successful in regulating your greasy skin, try these 10 core changes today.

Kelly Everson is an American author and MA in English literature. She is a fashion and beauty writer who has written numerous articles. She likes to get insights on various trends being followed in the fashion industry. She has been sharing her knowledge by being a contributor to various beauty, fashion and makeup related informative sites. She is also a regular contributor to The Beauty Insiders

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