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Top 5 Treatment Methods For Oily Skin and Large Pores

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“The hormones responsible for oil production in skin are androgens.”

Oily skin is almost always the result of genetically determined changes in hormone concentrations in your body. The hormones responsible for oil production in skin are androgens.  When the androgens create a balanced and healthy amount of oil sebum, it has incredible benefits for your skin. If too little oil is produced by the oil gland, it can be a problem.  Likewise, if too much oil is produced, you end up with a host of skin woes!

Oily skin is recognisable by a few classic characteristics:

  • Your face is shiny only an hour or two after cleansing, and usually appears greasy by midday
  • Your makeup seems to “slide” off or disappear shortly after you apply it
  • The shiniest parts of your face have blackheads, white bumps, or acne
  • Your pores are visibly enlarged, especially on your nose, chin and forehead

Methods To Reduce Oily Skin

1. Avoid

Products that make your skin tingle such as menthol, mint, eucalyptus, , lemon or contains SD or denatured alcohol may feel like they are helping your oily skin, but they’re actually making matters worse.  When you skin tingles, it means it’s being irritated and irritating or drying ingredients can actually trigger more oil to be produced in oil gland.


Products that are overly thick and emollient add more oily and waxy ingredients to skin which someone with oily skin doesn’t need more of.

2. Cleanse

Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser twice daily.  Ideally, the cleanser should rinse without leaving a hint of residue or leaving your skin irritated, tight, or dry. It should be fragrance-free. Avoid cleansers with menthol as its cooling tingle isn’t doing your oily skin any favours.

“Irritation can trigger more oil production directly inside the pore.”

3. Tone

An irritant-free toner that’s loaded with ingredients such as antioxidants, barrier-repair ingredients to help healing and improve pore size is an important step for oily skin. Toners that contain these ingredients can help skin heal, minimize large pores, reduce inflammation, and remove the last traces of dead skin cells or makeup that can lead to clogged pores.


4. Exfoliate

Exfoliation is one of the most important skincare steps for oily skin. Exfoliating the skin’s surface and inside the pore lining is the best way to remove buildup, reduce clogged pores and white bumps, and at the same time making your skin feel smoother.

The best exfoliating ingredient for oily skin is salicylic acid (BHA).

Does BHA (Salicylic Acid) help purge the pores?

The answer is YES. BHA will help purge the pores. Because the BHA is oil-soluble, it exfoliates not only on the surface of skin, but also inside the pore linings.

Our recommendation? Give your BHA exfoliant a couple weeks of once- or twice-daily use before deciding whether or not it’s working for you.


5. Moisturizer

A.M. Sun Protection

Even if you have oily skin, a sunscreen is essential for preventing wrinkles and reducing red marks.

P.M. Hydration

At night, nix the heavy cream and choose a lightweight liquid, gel or serum that doesn’t contain pore clogging, thickening ingredients.


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