Skin Explained: Oily Skin

The natural oil in skin and hair helps keep it hydrated, protect it from the environment and keep it looking healthy and glowing. However when the sebaceous glands produce too much oil, this can lead to greasy skin. Likely to be a genetic predisposition, many teenagers also suffer from excessively oily skin due to hormonal changes. A shiny appearance, enlarged pores, an unclean, greasy feeling and imperfections are all primary concerns.

Skin Explained: Oily Skin

What is actually happening in oily skin?

Oily skin is characterised by overactive sebaceous glands, which produce an excess of sebum on the skin. This causes pores to stretch to cope with the excess oil. The sebaceous glands are most abundant in the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin), but also more frequent around the neck, chest, head and back, so those areas tend to be most affected by oil production.

What causes oily skin?

Oily skin is genetic, though the condition can be exacerbated by incorrect product use, stress, diet and lifestyle. Hormonal fluctuations can also have an effect, so puberty, pregnancy and the menopause can all cause fluctuations in the amount of oil the sebaceous glands produce.

How to care for oily skin

While oily skin is usually genetic, there are steps that can be taken to alleviate it. Any beauty regime should be carefully assessed.

Products that contain rich emollients are likely to clog pores so bar soaps, stick foundations and heavy creams and lotions should be avoided in favour of liquids, serums and gels. Ingredients that minimise oil and help to unblock clogged pores are essential.

Your Recommended Regime

At SkinCeuticals we believe that an effective skincare regime is based around five fundamental principles — cleansing, prevention, correction, hydration and protection.

CLEANSE/TONE - Blemish +Age Cleansing Gel and Solution

This comprehensive cleansing ritual lifts impurities and prepares skin for optimal product efficacy.

PREVENT - Phloretin CF

This innovative serum combines 2%Phloretin, 10% L-ascorbic acid and 0.5% ferulic acid, it helps to accelerate surface skin cell renewal and promote a brighter, firmer-looking complexion. Also available in a gel formula, Phloretin CF Gel

CORRECT - Blemish +Age Defense

This innovative serum is a targeted, oil-free approach to adult blemishes and the appearance of visible signs of ageing. Containing an acid blend combining 2% dioic acid with an optimal alpha and beta-hydroxy acid formulation.

HYDRATERetexturing Activator

An innovative exfoliating and replenishing serum, which has been proven to help reinforce the skin’s natural barrier, reduce the appearance of visible surface lines and wrinkles and radiance.

PROTECTSheer Mineral UV Defence SPF 50


This weightless, mattifying fluid with 100% mineral filters and plankton extract provides high-factor, broad-spectrum UV protection and helps to protect against the appearance of the visible effects of photo ageing and environmental damage. You could also try Mineral Matte Radiance UV Defense SPF 50 that has a natural looking tint for an added radiance boost.