Oily Skin

9 Feb

I remember that I was 16 when I had my first breakout. And I blamed my oily skin for that. I whined to my mom about how I hated my oily skin, the acne that it caused and  my overall complexion. Suprisingly and interestingly, although my mom had been supportive throughout my battle with the ‘famous beauty enemy’, she said this 18 years ago…”You should be grateful that God gave you oily skin”. And I was like, WTH?? ( silently in my head of course!! Duhhh  :p ) My mom told me then people with oily skin age slower and have less wrinkles because of the skin’s natural oil. The oil helps to lock and seal the moisture in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. Of course, at 16, ageing and wrinkles were foreign.

Oily skin is a result of over-active sebaceous gland. It produces sebum, which naturally by right, is a healthy skin lubricant. However, when the sebum is excessive, the pores get clogged causing blackhead, acne and visible pores. This is the downside of oily skin. In fact, it’s a common fact that oily skin is typified by blemishes, pimples, grease and shininess, although acne can occur in dry skin as well ( more commonly seen in adult acne).

I realised that, over the years I had wrongly treated my oily skin. I avoided moisturiser at all cost previously, used a strong mattifying product, slathered a high percentage of over-the-counter acne treatments and cleansed my face several times a day in the hope for an acne-free and less oily skin. In my simple mind, the oil has to go as it is the root of all of my skin problems. But of course, that backfired!


Over-drying the skin with strong products produces more sebum. When the skin becomes dry, the sebaceous gland produces more oil to lubricate the skin, and with dry, dead skin clogging the pores, the follicles get infected and inflamed resulting in acne formation. I know how frustrating it is when you feel that you’ve done everything but nothing seems to work. I still get a pimple or two during that time of the month, but i can handle them better nowadays.

My past mistakes, and what I learnt : Don’t
1. Overwash your face. Limit cleansing to 2-3 times a day. 2 is better. The gentler, the better. Strictly no soap.
2. Use mattifying and oil-control products too much. You know it’s too much when your skin feels tight and dry.
3. Ever skip moisturiser. If yours is really oily, try using a lotion.
4. Fall for stronger acne products that promises great results. Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% works as effectively as the 10% one, minus the dryness. (I’ll do a post on acne products next time)
5. Skip exfoliation. Try cream exfoliators that contains AHA/BHA instead of the harsh beads
6. Do single cleansing if you wear make-up. Double cleansing helps acne-prone skin.
7. Keep touching your face. Those hands are full of bacterias.
8. Stress up. It affects your hormone and inadvertently affects your skin.
9. Forget to drink plenty of water. I suck at this. Sigh.
10. Constipate. If you have poor bowel habit, try Psyllium Husk, a natural laxative.
11. Forget to change your pillow-case and towels frequently.Err..I suck at this one still sometimes.
12. Forget to supplement.Antioxidants and zinc!
13. Squeeze and pick your pimples. Okay, i did this ..so hello scars! :p
14. Forget, and I almost forgot to mention…sunscreen!!

Okay peeps, those are some kind reminders to you and me. XOXO.


14 Responses to “Oily Skin”

  1. Balqis February 9, 2013 at 11:52 #

    Dr Za,antara dermologica dgn cetaphil maner lebih elok for oily skin?? 😉

    • zavanitydresser February 9, 2013 at 15:00 #

      Takleh compare sbb Dermalogica is a specialised brand. Has a wide range of products for different concern. Good for acne. Cetaphil ada cleanser n moisturiser je. Price pun sgt berbexa.

    • zavanitydresser February 9, 2013 at 15:01 #

      Kalau cleanser je, cetaphil is a gd choice, Balqis

  2. NatashaAhmad February 10, 2013 at 03:01 #

    Dr Za!! Is St Ives scrub suitable for oily skin?

    • zavanitydresser February 10, 2013 at 03:19 #

      In my humble opinion, Natasha, although I know many ppl like St. Ives ( i pun pernah pakai), and now they have one with salicylic acid, the beads are big and its actually harsh to the skin and can cause irritation. Scrub ni kena gentle or else cause more harm. U need to find one with microbeads instead

  3. naj February 10, 2013 at 10:56 #

    Dr Za,utk parut bekas2 kudis nx bg hilang parut2 tuh,product ap y the best tok dipakai??

  4. naj February 10, 2013 at 11:15 #

    i mean,parut2 kat kaki 😉

    • zavanitydresser February 10, 2013 at 13:33 #

      Cuba try Vitamin E atau Bio Oil

  5. If February 11, 2013 at 13:28 #

    Za,u pernah try maybelline punyer compact powder.??..ok gak!! 🙂 sy suka kannyerr!!! hehehe

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 10:12 #

      Pernah! Maybelline produk dia bagus. My favourite sampai sekarang is the kohl eyeliner!! Superb! Siap simpan satu at work.

  6. yaniradzi February 12, 2013 at 09:54 #

    Menarik ..ilmu baru – kena kerap tukar pillow case & towels. Sy pernah terbaca isteri seorg pemimpin kat kelate, dia tukar cadar 2 hari sekali, fuh mmg rajin. Kulit dia pun nampak mcm takde masalah. Satu lagi serkop, inner & tudung pun kalau boleh pakai sekali (seharian pakai), basuh. Segala peluh kat pipi, kepala .. Kot2 ada jerawat terpecah ke kan, mmg akan melekat kat tudung.

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 10:10 #

      Yani, bab inner tu pun mmg betul. Pernah pakai 2 hari (walaupun hari sebelum tu sekejap je pakai, tp bekas makeup lekat kat tudung n jd punca kuman),mmg naik jerawat kat tepi muka.

  7. Intan February 13, 2013 at 16:53 #

    Za,akak nak tanya Hada Labo tuh sesuai ker dgn kulit berminyak??..akak ada bacer your entry abot this but now i cnt find the entry cos your categories/tag too many!! 🙂 ahaha

    • zavanitydresser February 14, 2013 at 10:08 #

      Kak Intan, Hada Labo ni kat category cleansing oil. Saya pernah cuba 2 produk je dr Hada Labo. Dua2 make up remover/ cleanser. Yg water based x best lgsung, tp yg oil tu best. Saya pun muka oily, so far xde masalah.

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