Last Updated on September 19th, 2019
People used to think that only oily skin got acne, but the truth is, excess oil is only one factor in acne formation. Acne can occur on any skin type, oily, dry, normal, or combination. Treating acne on oily skin, however, requires a different skin care treatment plan and different skin care products than those used to treat acne in dry skin. What works on dry, normal, or combination skin usually does not work on oily skin.
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Excess oil production is just one of the factors involved in acne formation, along with bacteria growth and inflammation. People with oily skin may develop acne due to excess oil, but acne can still develop in other skin types if inflammation or bacteria get involved. For instance, those with dry skin often develop acne because their skin is easily irritated, leading to increased rates of inflammation. If you have oily skin, the biggest factors in your acne are likely excess oil production and bacteria growth, because the two are often closely related.
A certain amount of oil is necessary for the health of our skin. It helps protect us from irritants like allergens and harsh weather conditions, which in turn prevents the inflammation that could cause acne. However, when our skin produces too much oil, it can become a problem. Excess oil clogs pores, leading to blackheads and whiteheads, but it also feeds the acne-causing bacteria that always live on the surface of our skin. When these bacteria are given a large influx in food, they reproduce more quickly until there are so many of them, they start to form small infections in your pores. This is how pimples and cysts form.
Many people believe that the best way to treat acne in oily skin is to strip the skin of as much oil as possible, but remember: a certain amount of oil is necessary for healthy skin. Harsh skin care products that strip the skin of all its oil may give you clear skin in just a few days, but then a few days after that, the acne will return. This is because these harsh products irritate and inflame the skin, which often leads to more acne, not less.
How can you know whether you have an oily skin type? Take this simple, 10-question quiz.
1. In photographs, the skin on your face usually looks:
d. Wrinkly, ash-colored, or flaky.
2. You wash your face without using any moisturizer or other products. A few hours later you look at your face under bright light. The skin of your face:
a. Seems to reflect a glare.
b. Looks well-hydrated and smooth.
c. Looks tight.
d. Is cracked, flaky, or has a gray cast.
3. If you use makeup but don’t use powder on your face, two or three hours later the skin of your face looks:
a. Both shiny and streaked.
d. Caked with tiny particles of foundation makeup.
4. In unusually dry weather, the skin of your face:
a. Still looks shiny.
b. Looks great; you don’t need moisturizer.
c. Feels normal.
d. Feels tight or flakes and cracks.
5. When you look in a magnifying mirror, you see:
a. Pores the diameter of a pinhead or larger over most of your face.
b. Many pores the size of a pinhead or larger, especially across the cheeks and on the nose.
c. A few pores the size of a pinhead or larger, mostly across the cheeks.
d. No enlarged pores.
6. When you use a facial cleanser that foams vigorously or makes big bubbles, after you rinse your skin:
a. Still feels oily.
b. Feels great!
c. Feels just a little rough or dry.
d. Cracks and may even begin to peel.
7. You get whiteheads and blackheads:
a. Nearly all the time.
b. Almost every week.
8. When you don’t use any moisturizer on a dry day, at the end of the day your skin:
a. Feels fine.
b. Might feel just a little rough or dry.
c. Feels noticeably rough or dry.
d. Cracks and peels.
9. Your face is oily in the “T-zone:” across the forehead and up and down the nose:
a. All the time.
b. Most of the time.
c. Once in a while.
10. You consider your skin to be:
Score 4 points for every “a” answer, 3 points for every “b” answer, 2 points for every “c” answer, and 1 point for every “d” answer. If your total is 30 or more points your skin is oily. If your total is 22 to 29 points, you have normal skin. If your total is less than 22 points, you have dry or combination skin. So what does this tell you about the best ways to deal with acne?
People who have acne with oily skin:
Taking care of oily skin can be complicated if you try to do it all on your own. It’s a lot easier to get rid of your acne with a system like Exposed Skin Care.
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