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How to take care of sensitive oily skin

Sensitive oily skin

If you have sensitive oily skin, it’s usually due to excess oil production, also known as sebum, on your skin.

While sebum production is completely normal, people who produce a lot of it tend to have other skin concerns, such as acne, irritation or rosacea. This is because an excess of oil on your face will clog up pores, which provides a favourable environment for bacteria to spread. This can, in turn, trigger such reactive responses.

However, sebum isn’t the culprit of such issues – clogged pores are. Dry skin, for example, can just as easily cause clogged pores as dead skin cells stick together, causing acne in turn. If you struggle with acne, have a look at our skincare tips for acne-prone skin.

It’s also important to note that you can get clogged pores from a number of other things, including from certain natural oils and ingredients in products that aren’t suitable for your skin type.

But what actually causes oily skin?

While everyone’s skin produces sebum, some skin types produce more than others. There are a number of factors that can cause sebum production, such as stress, genetics, diet, hormones and environmental factors. These factors actually play a bigger role in determining whether you develop acne, pigmentation and dark circles than genetics do.

Luckily, there are a number of skincare steps you can follow to prevent further skin irritation.

Oily and sensitive skincare tips

1) Always cleanse both morning and evening, ideally using a deep cleanser that contains active ingredients to control your skin’s oil production, such as salicylic acid. This is important to both unclog pores and reduce reactivity. Avoid using soaps with fragrances or harmful chemical exfoliants as a sensitive skin type is more likely to develop rashes from certain ingredients.

2) After cleansing, gently pat your face dry with a soft towel. Rubbing the skin with a towel may actually stimulate it to create even more sebum.

3) If you notice a breakout, treat it straight away and never pick at or squeeze a spot. Sensitive skin types are more likely to develop irritation, redness or pigmentation as a result.

4) Heavyweight moisturisers can clog pores further, so always look for lighter lotions and creams, ideally non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) ones. And always avoid moisturising your T-zone as this can further clog pores. 

5) It’s very important to protect your skin from the sun, as the sun is a major cause of clogged pores. Using a non-comedogenic sunscreen will significantly help improve your skin type’s reactivity and decrease any sensitivity. Remember to use a sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30. Here’s some more information on how to protect your skin from the sun

Discover the best oily and sensitive skincare regime for you

Any skincare routine for sensitive, oily skin should include products and treatments that focus on addressing both your oily skin and your sensitive skin concerns. This is because a product designed for oily skin may not be suitable for sensitive skin and vice-versa. It is important that your skincare regime has both anti-inflammatory and oil-controlling ingredients. |

At Skinora, we use a personalised quiz to determine your own skin type and create your unique skincare routine. We only ever recommend scientifically-proven products to help you achieve happy, flawless skin.

Take our skin quiz today to discover the best skincare routine for your oily and sensitive skin. 

About the Author: Anna Puri

Dr Anna Puri is an Aesthetic doctor and GP with over 14 years experience in both the medical and aesthetic fields. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of St Andrews and University of Manchester. She continues to work both as an Aesthetic doctor at her clinics in Ascot and Kew and as a GP. Dr Anna brings her holistic approach to all aspects of the care she provides with a strong focus on advice and treatment that is specifically tailored to her patients expectations and needs. She has worked with cosmeceutical skin care brands and treated a wide range of skin concerns for over a decade. Dr Anna has a special interest in Antiaging skincare and procedures . Dr Anna's work has been featured in various magazines including Lux and The Aesthetics Journal. You can follow Dr Anna on the SkinoraUK instagram page and Skinora YouTube channel.

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Last update: March 31st, 2021

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