5 Myths About Oily Skin


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It’s funny how you always hear, “I have oily skin” or “There is oil on my forehead and nose, therefore, I have oily skin”. Nothing is further from the truth. True oily skin means that your entire face is shiny and oily feeling. You may or may not have blemishes, visible discoloring, and enlarged pores.

Growing up with oily skin, I have tried so many different things and found out oily skin isn’t always what you think it is. Here are 5 Myths about oily skin.

Myth #1 – I shouldn’t use moisturizer.

WRONG! In fact, when you use moisturizer, it tricks  your face into thinking that it needs to product LESS oil because your face is being hydrated. Did you know that people with oily skin tend to have dehydrated skin, because they aren’t moisturizing enough? True story!

Myth #2 – Eating foods high in fat makes your skin oily.

Not even close. There are no studies that prove that eating foods high in fat makes your skin oil. Oily skin is the result of an excessive amount of sebum being produced by large sebaceous glands. So that chocolate cake or greasy pizza doesn’t do it.

Myth #3 – Using alcohol-based skin products will take the oiliness away.

Nope. In fact, this will dry out your skin and make it even more oily! Yes, the immediate feeling of non-oily skin may be nice, but in reality, your skin is going to work harder to produce more oil since you just dried it out!

Myth #4 – Sunscreen makes skin more oily.

Sunscreen that we remember as kids was greasy and heavy, but we have come a long way, my dear! Today’s sunscreen, especially for faces, is light, hydrating, and doesn’t feel like you are lathering Crisco on your face! I love the Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer that comes in Light, Medium, and Dark. It adapts to your skin tone once you put it on and has a mechanical shield that is equivalent to 15 SPF. I also put regular Day time Moisturizer on and that is equivalent to 15 SPF, so I get a total protection of 30 SPF!

Myth #5 – Oily skin means acne.

Not always. I have oily skin and also had bad acne when I was a teenager. However, I still have oily skin, but very rarely do I get a blemish. If I do, I use Spot-On Treatment and it’s usually gone within a day or two. So just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you are going to break out for the rest of your life. Just means that you need to make sure you are taking care of your skin a little more carefully than most.

What other myths have you heard about oily skin?