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OILS ON OILY SKIN : GOOD PRACTICE OR BIG MISTAKE?

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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 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 its use. To discover it click HERE.

*excluding acneic skin.

 

OILS = DRY SKIN AND FLUIDS = OILY SKINS ?

LET'S NOT BE SO CLOSED-MINDED!

We are receiving more and more questions, on our website and our Instagram account, regarding the use of oils and especially their application on oily skin. Sometimes you are hesitant to start because you fear the appearance of a greasy 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 the hydrolipidic film. It protects us from external aggressions, for example, prevents the water in our body from evaporating too quickly or helps make us waterproof(1)! Yes, without it, we would fill up with water every time we take a bath!

You may have already guessed it from its name: this film is composed in part of fatty acids, i.e., lipids. These fatty acids come from sebum, a lipid mixture secreted by our sebaceous glands, at the level of our hair and our hair follicles! There are between 100 and 1000 sebaceous glands per square centimeter (cm2) of skin(2)!

 

 

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

Sebum production varies from person to person, depending on their age, stress level, and especially hormonal changes(3). And as you may have understood, if this sebum production is too high, many lipids end up on the skin surface, and this greasy film loses its invisible character to be exposed to everyone's eyes!

Now that you know about the existence of this protective lipid film, I come to our question: why add oils to skin that already tends to be oily!


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 !

 


TREATING GREASE WITH ...GREASE!

A FUN SLOGAN FOR AN EFFECTIVE PRACTICE!

Imagine, your skin is like a little plant that needs care: if the external conditions make the plant well hydrated, well nourished, then you won't water it. On the other hand, if the external conditions are not favorable, for example, the weather is very dry, there is a lot of wind, then you will water it.

The same goes for the skin: if the lipid supply is optimal, the signals are green, the skin is protected, it does not feel attacked, and therefore, the sebaceous glands produce sebum normally. Conversely, if you cleanse your face too often or with products that are too aggressive, the lipids are damaged, and the hydrolipidic film is unbalanced.

The signals then turn red, and to compensate, the sebaceous glands can produce much more sebum locally(4). It then ends up on the surface, and the dreaded greasy film you wanted to get rid of is back!

This surprising phenomenon has a name, it's called reactive seborrhea(1). According to the numerous publications we have studied within our scientific team, it is due to a localized regulation by our sebaceous glands in a completely autonomous way. This even earned them the nickname of "skin brain" according to some researchers(5). Skin cells never cease to amaze us!

 

DON'T JUST JUMP ON THE FIRST OIL YOU FIND

YOUR SKIN DESERVES GOOD CARE.

 
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 in certain areas. I will explain in a future article the parameters to consider, including 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 Omega range has been designed and formulated by our French laboratory to suit dry skin as well as combination or even oily ones. You just have to adapt the frequency of its use and the application process:

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

 

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.