Skin Type 101: A Beginner's Guide to Oily Skin for Men

Everything to know about men's oily skin, causes and best ingredients. 

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Written by Bianca Barbosa
Oct 26, 2021 

Let's start by clearing the air, oily skin is a very common skin type - it is perfectly normal to have oily skin as much as it is to have any other skin type. Everyone with oily skin may have a different experience as it will depend on one's genetics and skincare routine (source).

There are different ways to approach and treat every skin type as it is a combination of internal and external factors. A good example would be your diet, what you put into your body will always be reflected on your skin.

What Does it Mean to Have Oily Skin?

Men with oily skin type tend to have shiny or greasy-looking skin, large, visible clogged pores, and blackheads. This can become more and more apparent when there is no men's oily skincare routine in place. Oily skin is usually caused when your skin naturally produces too much oil (source). How does this happen? 

Our skin naturally produces oil, but in different amounts for different people. It starts at the sebaceous glands, which are microscopic glands living under the skin. Its main function is to excrete sebum, an oily substance. It uses the hair follicles to transport oil from inside the skin to the exterior (source).

It sometimes happens that the sebaceous glands produce too much oil; therefore, it has to excrete more sebum than usual (source). This can be caused by hormones, genetics, lifestyle, and even stress. When you have oily skin, you’re more prone to breakouts, blocked pores, large pores, and acne. 

Even though one of the functions of sebum is to lubricate the skin, excessive production of oils can strip the skin of its natural protective and moisturising layers (source).

How do Men Deal With Oily Skin? 

Now that you know where oily skin comes from, it might be useful to learn a few tips on men's oily skin and how you can take care of it. Oily skin still needs to be kept nourished and hydrated - it can be oily and dehydrated at the same time.

Just like you need to exercise to get and stay in shape, your skin also needs consistent attention. The best way to deal with oily skin is to have a specific skincare routine in place and follow it daily. This would support you when taking care of oily skin as well as any other reaction said skin type might have caused, acne is a good example of oily skin outcomes (source). 

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Ingredients and Routine for Men’s Oily Skin

When getting started with a skincare routine, there are a few ingredients you can keep in mind when choosing what products to use. You should be cleansing day and night, whatever your skin type.

This is far more important with oily skin to remove excess oil and avoid blocking your pores. Use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip the natural oils from your skin - stripping your skin can actually lead to it producing even more oil to compensate. It’s very important to read up on the products you are adding to your running to make sure they are “oil-free” products (source).

Ensure to replenish your skin with a light moisturiser afterwards so that your skin doesn’t dry out. Below are some of the most common and easy-to-find ingredients to help you get your routine started:

Salicylic Acid
• Retinoids
• Glycolic Acid 

What to Avoid if you Have Oily Skin?

As well as great ingredients and products to rely on, there are also a few things you might need to keep an eye on and try to avoid.

• Cocoa Butter
• Coconut Oil
• Petroleum Jelly (vaseline, for example)

Men’s Oily Skin-Care Routine Started

No matter what skin type you have, it’s important to have a routine in place - it promotes self-care and prevents potential issues and concerns. We want all men to feel comfortable in their own skin.

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