oiliness

  • active moist

    active moist

    light, oil-free lotion

  • clearing mattifier

    clearing mattifier

    breakout-fighting shine control

  • daily resurfacer

    daily resurfacer

    leave-on, brightening exfoliant

  • dermal clay cleanser

    dermal clay cleanser

    purifying, invigorating cleanser

  • gentle cream exfoliant

    gentle cream exfoliant

    super-smoothing masque

  • multi-active toner

    multi-active toner

    hydrating, refreshing spritz

  • multivitamin power firm

    multivitamin power firm

    smoothing vitamin complex

  • oil clearing matte moisturizer spf15

    oil clearing matte moisturizer spf15

    hydration, all-day shine control and sun protection

  • oil control lotion

    oil control lotion

    oil-absorbing hydrator

  • oil free matte spf30

    oil free matte spf30

    sheer, weightless shield

  • precleanse

    precleanse

    oil-busting emulsifyer

  • sebum clearing masque

    sebum clearing masque

    breakout preventing gel

  • skin prep scrub

    skin prep scrub

    refining power scrub

  • skin refining masque

    skin refining masque

    clarifying, deep-cleansing clay

  • special cleansing gel

    special cleansing gel

    gentle foaming cleanser

overview

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When it comes to oily skin, it’s all about genetics. But, when it comes to controlling excess oiliness and maintaining a matte finish, it’s all about a daily regimen with the right products for your skin.

Overactive sebaceous glands are the culprit of oily skin. This condition isn’t just for teens: oiliness can be triggered by genetics and hormone fluctuations, making even adults susceptible to excess oiliness and shine.

triggers

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what causes oily skin?
Sebum (oil) production is controlled by androgen hormones. Oils help lubricate skin, protecting it from environmental assaults (such as extreme weather conditions). Excess androgen hormones (due to puberty, monthly cycles or menopause) can trigger sebaceous (oil) glands to produce too much oil. This excess oil spills onto the skin’s surface, creating a slick, greasy appearance.

This excess oil acts as a binder, holding on to dead skin cells meant to be shed.

What role does oily skin play in the development of breakouts?
While those with oily skin don’t necessarily experience breakouts, oily skin is one of the triggers behind the development of acne.

Because excess oils act as a binder, skin cells are not properly shed. The follicle becomes clogged with a mixture of oil and dead skin cells, prohibiting oxygen from entering. This creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to swelling, redness and inflammation around the follicle, resulting in acne.

The oily skin myth...
Many believe stripping skin with harsh, drying ingredients (such as alcohol) can control excess oils. Ironically, this can cause skin to produce even more oil than before, as the sebaceous glands go into overdrive in order to replace what has been lost! For those who self-treat with these products, skin is often left dehydrated, irritated and sensitized.

A balanced skin care regimen that consists of oil-control and proper hydration will bring skin into balance.

where to start

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