People hate on oily skin all the time. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of skincare products specifically formulated to remove oil from the skin, and people with oily skin are always complaining about their complexions. There are also some nasty rumors out there that oily skin = acne. Is this really true? As part of our Debunking Common Acne Myths series, we’re getting to the bottom of these nasty rumors.
Myth: Sebum is bad for my skin.
Sebum – the natural oil that your sebaceous glands secrete — has a bad rap for causing acne. Yes, it is true that when this waxy substance is overproduced it’s capable of clogging our pores. But it also serves a very important purpose in our body, and is crucial for our skin’s health! Most importantly, sebum lubricates and moisturizers our skin and hair. This natural oil is what makes humans “waterproof”, which is a funny way of saying that it prevents too much water from penetrating or leaving our skin. Sebum also protects our complexion from bacterial and fungal infections, many of which cause acne.
So, when we strip away too much of our sebum with harsh soaps or skincare products, it can leave our skin dry and defenseless. Avoid cleansers that contain alcohol, high pHs, or high acid contents.
And, we’ll have you know, there are plenty of benefits to having oily skin! Here’s a list that may shock you:
+ That gorgeous, healthy glow many girls spend tons of money and product trying to achieve? Oily complexions have it naturally!
+ Naturally oily skin tends to get less inflamed. This inevitably helps elasticity and fights the signs of aging (aka fine lines and wrinkles) meaning you’ll age more gracefully.
+ You stay more hydrated when your skin is oily, because that oil prevents moisture loss.
+ Sebum contains vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that fights free radicals (aka all that gunk in the air and environment that our skin is exposed to).
+ Natural oils boosts the effects of SPF! This, however, doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen — just opt for a lighter formulation that won’t clog your pores.
In other words, don’t curse your oily skin too much, because that sebum your body is more fabulous than pesky!
Learn the answers to other common acne questions:
Does eating oily foods make you break out?
Will having dirty skin cause pimples?
Does washing your face several times a day clear up breakouts?
Do common household products clear up acne?
Is it true that spending time in the sun will clear up my zits?
Does working out and heavy sweating cause breakouts?