How to take care of oily-prone skin?

How to take care of oily-prone skin? 

If you have oily-prone skin, you know how demanding this type of skin is. Indeed, despite the appearance of thick and resistant skin, above all, it needs to be gently regulated. Because the epidermis of oily-prone skin is sensitive and has to be well maintained, it requires appropriate care that respects the skin's balance.
It is obvious that the big brands of skincare offer products perfectly studied by chemists and specialists in cosmetology.
But there we go ... I only love natural personal care and I don't trust these brands. This is how I decided to be my own beautician and share my knowledge with you ...
In this article, I share with you my aroma-cosmetic solutions to take care of your oily-prone skin, as well as my advice to balance your skin.

How do we know if we have oily-prone skin?

Like dry and normal skin, it is by the quantity and quality of the hydrolipidic film that we can determine our skin type.
The hydrolipidic film, present on the surface of our epidermis, consists of secretions from the skin (sweat, sebum). Its role is to protect it from external aggressions and to maintain hydration (by limiting the evaporation of water present within the skin tissues).
In the case of oily-prone skin, too much sebum is produced. This generates a poor quality hydrolipidic film with a larger “fatty” phase.

If our skin is oily-prone, we observe:
- shine: due to excess sebum, oily-prone skin shines sometimes on the forehead, nose and chin area or all over the face,
- dilated pores,
- a thick and irregular skin texture,
- a lack of flexibility to the touch.

Added to this is the fact that oily-prone skin is skin that breathes poorly, as the excessive secretion of sebum clogs the pores and suffocates it. This results in hyperkeratinization (the epidermis thickens) and the appearance of imperfections (comedones, microcysts, milium grains, etc.).
However, its considerable advantage is that it does not wrinkle a lot and retains a certain firmness: it ages better!
In short, we have oily-prone skin if it appears shiny, with a thick, irregular epidermis and dilated pores.
Blemishes may also be present, including large and sometimes swollen blackheads.

What does oily-prone skin need?

A misconception equates oily-prone skin with strong skin, probably because it is thicker skin. But this "solidity" is only an appearance. Oily-prone skin can be fragile, sensitive - it should be treated gently.

Actions that our oily-prone skin doesn't like:

  • Untimely exfoliation.

DO NOT clean it with cleaning sponges or brushes, at the risk of overstimulating sebaceous glands.
My tip: With your fingertips, apply your cleansing product to your face, then rinse it gently.
Be gentle, again and again.

  • Drying oily-prone skin.

It is only delaying the inevitable. The excess sebum, controlled for a moment, comes back, even more virulent.
A paradox: it is better to treat oily-prone skin with cleansing milks and creams, rather than with alcoholic tonic lotions. Prefer good hydrosols in spray to the latter, they are less aggressive.
My tip: Once the face is moistened, do not wipe it off. Wait a few moments and apply the cream.
Oily-prone skin needs to be gently cleansed, to be purified. The excess sebum must be regulated, without dehydrating the skin.
This skin type needs hydration.

  • Applying film-forming cosmetic products or treatments

    Beware of foundation, BB cream, conventional products ... which contain ingredients derived from petrochemicals which suffocate the skin and prevent it from functioning by itself. Also pay attention to certain vegetable oils or butters which are not suitable for the problem of oily-prone skin.

    • Skipping makeup removal and cleansing.

      The excess sebum from oily-prone skin suffocates it, it breathes badly and at the same time secretes toxins through its role of emunctory. It is therefore a type of skin, which needs very careful and in-depth cleaning in order to limit the appearance of blemishes.

      Natural products that are good for our oily-prone skin:

      Among the ingredients from the plant world, in particular from aromatherapy, some are specially suited to the problem of oily-prone skin. They help regulate sebum secretion, limit imperfections and above all help we balance our skin.
      It is quite possible to apply vegetable oils to oily-prone skin as long as we choose them well: they must be non-film-forming and non-comedogenic.
      You will find in this table an example of vegetable oils, essential, as well as hydrosols and other natural ingredients that are suitable for oily-prone skin:


      Infographie : Tableau des ingrédients pour peau grasse

      What care should be given to oily-prone skin?

      Our beauty ritual will allow our skin to regulate sebum secretion and cleanse it while respecting its balance.

      Infographie : Morning and Evening Rituals

      A lovely habit - the facial sauna + the purifying mask
      We must help the oily-prone skin to eliminate. This is the only way to prevent blackheads, large pores, and an oily appearance.
      Once a month, give it a helping hand!

      Infographie : Recette du masque à l’argile rose

      What to do against acne?

      The culprits are the sebaceous glands which secrete excessive sebum.
      What to do? Beware of false friends!

      • Worst of all: the sun ...

      Traitor, it begins by drying the buttons, but it makes the microcysts proliferate ... After the summer, it is the fall offensive of acne.

      • And we rush on these other false friends: the desiccants ...

      Nothing worse! Use a cleansing milk, bi-phase cleanser or cold processed soap for the face. We can use the same cold processed soap for the back, which is often afflicted with pimples (the skin on the back is oily, thicker).

      • Two gestures to avoid - pressing and crushing

      They only accelerate the process and risk transforming banal acne into virulent acne.

      The skin, a living organ, betrays our state of health, but also our moods. In other words, it is not just a corporeal envelope! 
      To help balance our skin, we must be attentive to the nutritional and hydration needs of our body, have moderate sports activity, quality sleep, ensure our well-being and of course have good body hygiene on a daily basis.
      Take a holistic path to natural beauty!


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      Do not hesitate to ask me for advice in the comments, I am here to support you!

      Sources :

      • Michel Faucon, Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicinale - les huiles essentielles, 3ème édition, Sang de la Terre, 2017.
      • Guy Roulier, Les huiles essentielles pour votre santé - Guide pratique d’aromathérapie et d’aromachologie, Editions Dangles, 2006.
      • Anne-Marie Pol, Tous en forme ! Beauté, Alimentation, Santé, France Loisirs, Paris, 1988.

      This information is given for information purposes and cannot in any way constitute medical information, nor engage our responsibility. For any use for therapeutic purposes, please consult a doctor.

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