Is oily skin getting you down? There's good news and bad news for oily skin sufferers. The good news is that people with oily skin tend to age slower than those with dry skin - hello!
The bad news is that oily skin can lead to breakouts and acne well into adulthood. That's right, these youthful skin traits are not exactly the kind you want following you into your thirties and forties.
More good news though, there are three key ingredients that work together to control oily skin for good, so let's explore the causes and uncover the solution to your oily skin woes.
What causes oily skin?
Oily skin occurs when the skin over-produces natural oils and sebum. While we need this vital moisture for healthy skin, when the sebaceous glands go into overdrive, it can cause a long list of problems. Too much sebum can lead to clogged pores and even acne. Most acne sufferers will have an excess of sebum, a thick waxy substance which clogs their pores. As the pores clog, the sebum beneath the surface struggles to push through which leads to blocked pores, breakouts and painful cysts.
Signs of oily skin include: A shiny complexion, acne, breakouts, blind pimples, uneven skin tone, and dull skin tone.
The key ingredients to regulate oil flow
1. Azelaic Acid
A naturally occurring acid, Azelaic acid is known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. When oily skins lead to pimples, an anti-inflammatory is vital to relieve swelling and redness and to ultimately promote healing. Azelaic Acid is an effective anti-inflammatory which also provides antibacterial properties to clean bacteria from your pores which are known to exacerbate acne and rosacea - another oil related skin disorder.
2. Salicylic Acid
When the skin over-produces oil and experiences a high skin cell turnover, the layer of dead skin cells further blocks the release of sebum, leading to further breakouts and blockages. Salicylic Acid is used to remove this layer of dead skin cells to allow the skin to continue to release sebum without blockages. When applied to the area affected Salicylic Acid dissolves the top layer of dead skin cells eliminating the acne-causing bacteria and the cause of blocked pores.
3. Chamomile ExtractOily skin can often appear inflamed and aggravated. A natural calming ingredient is vital for taking the heat out of the skin and encouraging a healing environment. Chamomile possesses this natural healing property, as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties which make it vital for the healing and deterring the return of acne. Chamomile Extract has the ability to reduce skin irritants by neutralising free radicals, making it helpful as a hypoallergenic for sensitive skin types.
To best tackle oily skin concerns, we recommend a product that contains all three of the above ingredients such as Neutriderm Oil Regulator Lotion. This dermatologically endorsed formula will help you regulate the oil production within your skin easily and effectively thanks to its tried and tested formula.