While those with oily, acne-prone skin face their fair share of beauty woes, it would be wrong to conclude that the other skin types don't encounter problems. From over-scrubbing to skipping on moisturiser, you must've come across a range of myths surrounding oily skin that are far from true. "While you may feel that it is difficult to manage greasy, acne-prone skin, your over-active sebaceous glands may secretly be benefiting your skin," reveals Hartej Singh, PhD Pharmaceutics and Dermatologist, Re'equil.
Setting the record straight once and for all, two skincare experts debunk the most common myths revolving around the oily skin type—take note.
#Myth 1: Alcohol-Based Products Work Best on Oily Skin
"While alcohol-based formulas will strip the natural oils from your skin, they certainly won't improve your skin’s health in the long run. Contrary to popular belief, these potent potions will cause the topmost layer of your skin to become excessively dry, signalling your skin to over-produce oil to compensate for the loss of moisture," explains Supriya Malik, Founder, Indulgeo Essentials.
#Myth 2: You Must Wash Your Face Multiple Times in a Day
Those with oily skin often consider over-washing to be a solution to combat oil production. "Overwashing may do more harm than good", informs Singh. "Dermatologists suggest that several acne cleansers—especially those laden with powerful surfactants such as sulphate—can make your skin overly dry by interfering with the natural oil balance. To replenish the lack of natural oils, your sebaceous glands will overproduce oil, ultimately leading to clogged pores and flare-ups. Cap your face-washing to twice a day," he adds.
#Myth 3: Blotting Paper Can Reduce Oil Production
A blotting paper is a thin sheet that works to absorb oil from the surface of your skin, mattifying its appearance. Although, no permanent alterations in oil production should be expected as a result of using blotting paper. "While they are a quick and easy hack to get rid of excess greasiness on the skin, blotting papers are a temporary solution, having minimal or no effect on the amount of oil your skin produces," informs Supriya Malik.
#Myth 4: Oily Skin = Acne
When it comes to acne, several factors must be taken into consideration, including diet, hormonal changes, stress levels, liquid intake, and genetics. "In many ways, these determinants tend to go hand-in-hand. The excess sebum on the skin’s surface often clogs your pores along with dirt, dead skin cells, bacteria, and impurities. However, possessing oily skin in no way suggests that you will have to tackle acne as well," she adds.
#Myth 5: If You Have Oily Skin, You Can Skip Moisturisation
According to Singh, while lathering a heavyweight cream or lotion on greasy skin may not seem particularly pleasing, dermatologists believe that moisturisation helps regulate sebum production, increases the skin's water content, and prevents loss of moisture. This, in turn, lends a more even-toned skin texture. As mentioned previously, if you don't apply a moisturiser, your skin will compensate for the loss by producing an excess amount of sebum. Opt for a lightweight, non-greasy formula for hydrated, supple skin.