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OILS ON OILY SKIN : GOOD PRACTICE OR BIG MISTAKE?

ūüēĎ 4 minutes
 

A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE ARTICLE FOR BUSY READERS :

 

‚úĒÔłŹ¬†Plant oils are first and foremost intended for the nutrition of dry skin, but that doesn't mean that¬†combination skin¬†or¬†oily skin¬†* should be excluded!

‚úĒÔłŹ¬†The skin is protected by an invisible bodyguard, the¬†hydrolipidic film, made up of lipids from sebum. If this lipid film is damaged, more sebum will be produced and an oily film will appear on the skin. This is referred to as reactional seborrhea. Oils and therefore¬†good quality of fatty acids on oily skin, help to limit this phenomenon and¬†contribute to the skin's balance.

‚úĒÔłŹ¬†The¬†Cleansing Oil with 5 Omegas¬†can be used on oily skin by adapting the use. To discover it click HERE.

*excluding acneic skin.

 

OILS = DRY SKIN AND FLUIDS = OILY SKIN ?

LET'S NOT BE SO CLOSED-MINDED

Over the past few weeks, we have received many questions on our website and our Instagram account about the use of oils on oily skin. Sometimes you are afraid to take the plunge because you dread the appearance of an oily film on your face that could act as a light reflector during your next video conference!

 

ALL PROTECTED BY AN INVISIBLE BODYGUARD

THE HYDROLIPIDIC FILM: A HERO IN THE SHADOWS

Let me explain: our skin is protected on the surface by an invisible film called hydrolipidic film. It protects us from external attacks and prevents, for example, that the water contained in our body evaporates too quickly or it even helps to make us impermeable(1)! Yes, without this film, we would be filled up with water every time we take a bath.

Perhaps you've already guessed it from the name: this film is made up in part of fatty acids, i.e. lipids. These fatty acids come from the sebum, a liquid secreted by our sebaceous glands, which are located in our hair and body hair! There are between 100 and 1000 sebaceous glands per square centimetre (cm2) of skin(2), imagine that:

This small square has an area of 1 cm2 and contains between 100 and 1000 sebaceous glands!

Sebum production is lower or higher depending on individuals, their age, the level of stress and especially hormonal changes(3). And if this production of sebum is too high, many lipids end up in the surface of the skin and this oily film loses its invisible character and can be seen by everyone!


Now that you know the existence of this protective lipidic film, I return to our question: why adding oils to a skin that already tends to be oily !

Sebum production is lower or higher depending on individuals, their age, the level of stress and especially hormonal changes(3). And if this production of sebum is too high, many lipids end up in the surface of the skin and this oily film loses its invisible character and can be seen by everyone!


Now that you know the existence of this protective lipidic film, I return to our question: why adding oils to a skin that already tends to be oily !


FAT TO TREAT...FAT!

A FUNNY SLOGAN FOR AN EFFECTIVE PRACTICE

Picture that your skin is like a small plant that you need to take care of. If external conditions are right, the plant is well-hydrated, well-nourished, then you don't need to water it. However, if the external conditions are adverse, for example the weather is very dry, there is a lot of wind, then you will water it.

Your skin is remarkably similar: when optimal lipid levels are guaranteed, the signals are green, the skin is protected, it does not feel attacked and therefore the sebaceous glands produce sebum normally. Conversely, if you wash your face too frequently or with excessively harsh products, the lipids are damaged and the hydrolipidic film is unbalanced. 

The signals turn red and to compensate, the sebaceous glands will produce much more sebum locally(4). The sebum is then brought to the surface and the dreaded oily film comes back! 

This phenomenon has a name, it is called¬†reactional seborrhea(1). According to the many publications we have studied in our scientific team, it is due to a localized regulation by our sebaceous glands on their own. Thanks to this, they even earned the title of ‚Äúskin brain‚ÄĚ according to some researchers(5).

 

DON'T JUST THROW YOURSELF AT THE FIRST OIL THAT COMES ALONG

YOUR SKIN DESERVES TO BE IN GOOD COMPAGNY

 
Coconut oil, olive oil, linseed oil, jojoba oil etc. All oils are different and they are not all suitable for use on the face, especially if your skin tends to be oily on certain parts. I will explain in a future article the parameters you have to take into account, like the omega content or the extraction process.

However, if you are reading this article, it is because you want practical advice, so you should know that our products of the Omega range have been designed and formulated by our French laboratory to suit dry skin as well as combination or even oily skin. You just have to adapt the frequency of use and the application process:

  • 1 to 2 drops of¬†the Booster Serum with 5 Omegasin the evening, or even every other evening outside the T-zone,¬†will allow oily skin¬†(non-acneic) to¬†regulate its lipid intake, especially in case of aggressed skin (dry cold, swimming pool, sea, use of an aggressive cleanser...).¬†Dry skin¬†can use it mixed with their moisturizer in the morning and alone in the evening if necessary.
  • The Cleansing oil with 5 Omegas¬†is an¬†excellent cleanser to remove all types of make-up, especially waterproof. On oily skin, use the cotton wipe to remove the excess and if necessary, rinse with water and that's it!


I hope this article has helped you know that :

  • Your friend who has dry skin has no reason to deny you access to her oils even if you have an oily skin!
  • The¬†skin is made up of smart cells¬†that react by producing more lipids if you damage the ones on the surface.
  • Once again, you can trust Novexpert and use, for example, the Cleansing oil on¬†dry, combination and oily skin, removing the excess if necessary.¬†

 

ūüďϬ†REFERENCES

  1. (1) Onyirimba, A. (2018). Hyperseborrhea: physiology, factors involved, mechanisms and consequences.
  2. (2) Adler, Y. (2017). In my skin. Solar
  3. (3) Zouboulis, C., Chen, W.-C., Thornton, M., & Rosenfield, R. (2007). Sexual Hormones in Human Skin. Metab. Res.(39), 85-95.
  4. (4) Achibald A., S. S. (1973). A non-endocrine control of sebum secretion. Derm. Forsch.(246), 175-180.
  5. (5) Zouboulis, C. (2014). The Brain of the skin: Sebaceous Gland. Lipids and Skin Health, 109-125.