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What is an oily skin type?

People with an oily skin type produce more skin oil called sebum than most. Sebum protects the moisture at the surface of the skin, protecting it from drying, but excess unfortunately, too much of a good thing can be a problem at times. People with oily skin often complain about feeling unclean, and sticky during the day. People with oily skin often have more trouble with acne as well, as the hair follicles can become clogged easier with the excess oil that is left on the skin.

A lot of people with an oily skin type wish that they had drier skin, but people with dry skin wish the opposite. Every skin type has its advantages and disadvantages. Although acne is typically a more serious concern with oily skin types, later in life, the extra oil typically helps to keep people with an oily skin type looking younger for longer. Fine lines and early wrinkles are often kept at bay for longer as the skin is kept hydrated.

What skincare products should I be looking for to manage oily skin?

Cleansers are critical in controlling the oil levels on the surface of your skin. Moisturizing is less necessary for people with oily skin, but can still be required during the winter. Sun protection is important for your skin type as well as others to prevent premature aging, and reduce the risk of skin cancers.

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