The Best Skincare Remedies for Oily, Dehydrated Skin
OIL IN YOUR SKIN DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN YOU HAVE OILY SKIN. IN FACT, IT COULD MEAN THE OPPOSITE! IT COULD MEAN THAT YOU HAVE DEHYDRATED SKIN! OILY SKIN DOES NOT NECESSARILY EQUATE A WELL HYDRATED OR OVERLY MOISTURIZED COMPLEXION EITHER.
DISCOVER THE TELLTALE SIGNS THAT YOU MAY HAVE OILY, DEHYDRATED SKIN AND THE PROPER SKINCARE REMEDIES TO CONTROL IT!
Oily skin vs. Dehydrated skin
The oily skin type
Oily skin occurs when there is excess production and secretion of sebum. When there is a low production of sebum in the skin, this results in dry skin.
Sebum is our body’s natural oil. It travels from the sebaceous or oil glands to the surface of our skin to lubricate it. The hair follicles act as the pathways for the oil to travel from the sebaceous glands to the surface of the skin.
The oil pores open these hair follicles and most of the pores we have on our face are oil pores. The pores play a very special role in our whole skin system, they must remain open because that is how they can function properly to protect the skin and our whole body.
Effects of oily skin
Excess oil in the skin leads to clogged and enlarged pores, a greasy complexion, pimples and acne.
The secretion of too much oil in the skin clogs the pores and when pores are clogged, they become larger which leads to enlarged pores.
Enlarged and clogged pores do not only contain excess oil but also dirt, dead skin cells, make-up and other external or environmental elements. All of these lead to the growth of pimples and acne. Acne is a common chronic disorder that affects the hair follicle and sebaceous glands resulting in the expansion and blockage of the follicle and its inflammation.
The oils in our skin are not only composed of the sebum produced by the sebaceous glands, but it is also composed of sweat produced from the skin’s sweat glands. The sweat pores, like the oil pores, allow sweat to travel from the sweat glands to the surface of the skin. Sweating makes our body remain cool and it regulates our body’s temperature.
Sweat helps balance the water in the body and it moisturizes and hydrates the skin. However, when sweat stays on the skin for a long time, it also clogs the pores and contributes to having enlarged pores, pimples and acne.
Excess oil from the sebaceous glands, sweat from the sweat glands, dead skin cells that remain in the skin after natural exfoliation, make-up, dirt and pollutants from the atmosphere all contribute to the oils that are typical of an oily skin type.
Proper skincare for oily skin
There are benefits to having oily skin. Advantages include heightened sun protection, thicker skin that is smoother and more resilient, it creates shorter fine lines and more shallow wrinkles, and one gets to use a lesser amount of skincare products, compared to those who have dry skin.
Oily skin must be controlled to create a balance for the skin to become healthier and to function properly.
The experts at the American Academy of Dermatology Association suggests the following tips to control oily skin:
- Wash your face twice a day, and after you finish exercising.
- Choose “oil free” and “noncomedogenic” skincare products.
- Avoid oil-based and alcohol-based cleansers.
- Use hydrating serums that quench thirsty skin.
- Use a daily moisturizer like our YEOUTH Day/Night Cream, a lightweight moisturizer that works for daytime and nourishing enough to repair skin overnight as your nighttime moisturizer.
- Exfoliate. Certain chemical peels are combined with natural ingredients that help to fortify skin and promote clarity while exfoliating. Experience gentle and effective exfoliation with our Yeouth Glycolic Acid Gel Peel or Yeouth Salicylic Acid Face Peel. Everything you need to know about exfoliation can be read in our Yeouth blog.
- Always wear sunscreen when outdoors, wear oil-free and water based make up.
- Keep your face clean at all times and don’t sleep in your makeup.
- Use blotting papers and avoid touching your face.
Oily skin due to dehydration
When the skin is dehydrated, the skin system composed of the dermis, epidermis and subcutaneous, work together to maintain the skin’s moisture levels so that the skin can function properly. When there is a lack of water in the skin, our system tends to produce more oil to try to lubricate, hydrate and moisturize the skin.
This can be construed as having oily skin when in fact it is the body, specifically, the skin system, doing its work to balance what is lacking in the skin. Thus, the condition of having oily dehydrated skin occurs.
Having dehydrated skin is not a skin type but a skin condition. Oily skin, however, is a skin type. All skin types, whether oily, dry or combination, can suffer from skin dehydration. We are born with a specific skin type that can change overtime due to age and other external factors, including hormonal imbalances and health conditions.
Dehydration is the lack of water in the skin and in the body. It is losing more water than what it is taking in, while dry skin is a skin type. It is the lack of natural oils or sebum in the skin.
The lipid barrier, the third layer of the epidermis, functions to maintain the balance of the skin’s moisture. It is significantly linked to Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) which affects the amount of water that evaporates through the skin. If the skin is healthy, the water that evaporates through the surface of the skin is proportional to the water that is locked in.
An imbalance in the process will result in skin disorders, dehydration, and premature skin aging. Our average TEWL is about 300–400 mL/day and this can be affected by internal, environmental, and other external factors such as improper skin care.
Signs of dehydrated skin:
- itchy, tight and sensitive
- dull and rough
- dark under eyes
- increase of fine lines and wrinkles
Remedies to treat dehydrated skin
Dehydrated skin can simply be treated with lifestyle changes and proper skincare products that address hydration, such as avoiding alcohol-based products and not over cleansing or over exfoliating. Drinking lots of water to hydrate the body and the skin is essential. Avoiding too much alcohol and caffeine intake, and quitting smoking can make a big difference in the overall health of your skin.
A healthy lifestyle that consists of exercising regularly and consuming nutrients good for the skin and body helps a lot in having healthier, more hydrated skin. In contrast, lifestyle and diet changes alone cannot treat a dry skin type! What dry skin essentially needs is proper and effective moisturization.
Our YEOUTH Day/Night Cream works 24 hours to provide much needed skin moisture, it is formulated with Snail Extract to help repair skin damage, Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and replenish moisture levels, Green Tea to protect and peptides to help strengthen, firm and improve skin elasticity.
Oily dehydrated skin and its symptoms
Oily, dehydrated skin is a common skin problem for many, especially those who have oily and combination skin types. This condition exhibits the same signs as that of dehydrated skin, that is why it can be confusing.
When you have oily or lubricated skin and notice dullness, dark circles, itchiness and irritations, increased breakouts and wrinkles, you have oily dehydrated skin. Flaky patches may even occur if there is excess skin oil.
As mentioned earlier, dehydration can actually cause more oil production, thus, more breakouts also occur. Incidentally, those who have acne prone skin experience more skin dehydration because they often use harsh products which strip skin moisture. Signs of aging become more visible, skin elasticity is weakened and fine lines and wrinkles become more noticeable as they tend to be deeper and more prominent.
The best skincare ingredients for oily, dehydrated skin
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring compound in the skin that attracts water molecules. It is a humectant that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water to replenish skin moisture levels. It is the perfect ingredient to rehydrate the skin that has lost its moisture.
Choose from our 12 products with special YEOUTH formulations that highlight hyaluronic acid and experience a new level of hydrated skin!
This acid is an ingredient that binds moisture, and provides lubrication by helping the skin retain water to keep it plump and hydrated. Read more about Hyaluronic Acid in this previous blog post.
Niacinamide is an ingredient that can control skin disorders and help get skin health on track. Almost all skin concerns can be addressed by niacinamide, making it a phenomenal multitasking skincare ingredient.
A study found that 2% Niacinamide is effective in lowering sebum levels and the rate of sebum excretion. Niacinamide slows down how much oil is released, with changes to the skin becoming evident after two to four weeks of use.
YEOUTH Niacinamide Serum, our newest formulation featuring Niacinamide works to achieve healthy skin hydration for a complexion that is smooth, poreless and soft. This powerful serum combines 10% Niacinamide with Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera and Licorice Root Extract to create an oil-balancing serum that works to give your skin a clearer, brighter and more youthful appearance.
Squalene is generally found in shark liver oil but is also found in other natural oils like olive oil, palm oil, amaranth oil and rice bran oil. It is an antioxidant that has powerful moisturizing properties beneficial for the skin.
Ceramides are composed of fatty acids that make the skin cells function properly. They create a barrier that locks moisture into the skin and prevents dryness and irritation. Additionally, ceramides protect the skin from environmental damage.
Oily skin does not automatically translate to having hydrated, moisturized and properly lubricated skin. Contrary to popular belief, oily skin can be dehydrated at the same time. If you have oily skin, yet suffer from the signs of dehydrated or dry skin, then you most certainly suffer from oily dehydrated skin.
There are simple skincare remedies you can do to treat this skin condition. Use skincare products that contain the ingredients that best address this condition - hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, squalene and ceramides! Yeouth offers an endless list of products that contain these ingredients for you to choose from to keep your skin glowing.
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