Oily Skin Solutions for Winter

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People usually think dry skin is the most susceptible to winter damage, but oily skin faces risks too. Oily skin doesn’t dry out as badly in the winter, but people with oily skin may use harsh cleansers to try to alleviate blemishes.

Your skin can be classified as oily if you have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Enlarged, visible pores
  • Shininess, especially mid-day
  • Frequent acne, including blackheads

Causes of Oily Skin

Oily skin is a result of genetics. If one or both of your parents have oily skin, you are much more likely to have oily skin.

The sebaceous glands in your skin control the amount of oil released. When there is an excess of the androgen hormone in your body, the sebaceous gland will release more oil. This typically occurs during puberty, but many people continue to have oily skin well into their thirties.

Oily skin can become exacerbated if you:

  • Live in a hot, humid environment
  • Use oil-based cleansers, lotions, or make-up
  • Don’t remove make-up before bed
  • “Pick” at blemishes

There are some benefits to having oily skin. While people with oily skin tend to be more susceptible to blemishes, they also show signs of aging later than those with dry skin. Oily skin slows the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Plus, people with oily skin naturally produce more melanin, meaning greater protection from sun damage.

Caring for Oily Skin

While oily skin does have benefits, many people find the acne and shininess associated with excess oil annoying. Oily skin is also more prone to rosacea, a disease which causes skin to become red and inflamed.

Some people with oily skin make the mistake of using harsh cleansers or washing their skin too frequently. While washing skin more than twice a day may seem like the solution to oily skin, it can actually cause more problems on top of acne and shininess by causing dryness and peeling as it strips your skin from natural oils.

To prevent more breakouts, make sure to stay hydrated (drink at least 8 glasses of water a day).

Also, do not pick at blemishes and avoid touching your face as much as possible. Your fingers can carry bacteria that will make your skin break out even more.

There are steps you can take to alleviate problems associated with oily skin without stripping your skin of all of its oils.

Start by using a nutritive cleanser with alpha lipoic acid, like Perricone MD Skin Clear Cleanser. Alpha lipoic acid, when used as a topical solution, can help reduce cellular inflammation. When combined with DMAE, which helps to firm and tone skin, alpha lipoic acid can reduce surface oil and is great for treating adult acne without causing redness or dryness.

Also, while lotions may seem like an awful idea for someone with oily skin, they can actually be extremely beneficial in the winter months. Make sure to use an oil-free lotion. Lotions that are water-based are best.

The lack of humidity in winter can negatively effect oily skin like it does dry skin, though not to the same degree.

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  2. In my 30′s now, seems my oil production is even more than ever. Extremely sensitive skin (even while using all natural products). I would love to test the products, although I would do so hesitantly, as mostly everything (except for actual natural ingredients like honey, aloe vera gel, etc causes burned skin, inflammation, terrible effects). If it works on me, then most users would be safe!

  3. I loved this article and can relate so much to my skin problems and the ones described and would love to try this product.

  4. I’ve had oily skin my entire life, I’m now 35. I have enlarged, constantly clogged pores and mild acne occasionally. My skin is aging and looks rough but without wrinkles.During fall and winter, it gets tight after washing. I don’t use mattifying products because they will also dry my skin. That’s the strange thing, my oily skin is simultaneously dry. So anything that might be helpful to soften and smooth my skin without adding more oil or clogging my pores would be great. I’d love to test products!

  5. I am in my upper 20′s and have dealt with oily skin and the resulting acne associated with it for numerous years. My skin did not become problematic until after high school, so it has been difficult developing an effective skin cleaning regime. I would be very interested in testing your products.

  6. This was so helpful!

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  11. I am 17 yrs old and I am prone to breakouts, obviously. My oily skin isn’t helping either nor my excess of work from Senior AP classes in high school. I’m not really sure if my face is entirely oily since there are some parts in my face where they get irritated and dry. I use this Concha Nacar face cream my relatives brought from Mexico. Sometimes I think it leaves it too oily or too dry so I use a little more on the dry areas and less on the rest of my face. Am I doing something wrong?

  12. I am a woman in my early 20′s and have oily skin. I suffer the frequent breakouts and high shine mid-day. I’ve tried using blot powders during the day to combat the shine, but am still feeling greasy by the end of the day. I currently use your Cleansing Treatment Bar and am looking for something to use in conjunction that will help to minimize my pores. Would love to be a Perricone tester! :)

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  14. Hi. Im a woman in my early 20s and have very oily skin. Im constantly washing my face with anything i can get my hands on that has a reputation of being effective. I’ve been to dermatologists and used almost every over the counter medication and cosmetic treatments i can get. In winter, my skin starts pealing and doesnt look healthy. Im in a dilema and out of options. Pls help..

  15. he Made from Earth Green Tea Cleanser not only leaves my face feeling clean (but not dry) it has totally eliminated the mild to moderate breakouts I’d been suffering from for the past year.

    I tried the Made from Earth cleanser after reading online reviews, and after only 3 months, have seen major improvement (read: not one zit for over 4 wks) Admittedly it is not an overnight miracle, but it did work eventually.

    I use this product 2x per day (a.m and p.m), and for my night ritual I use a disposal exfoliating sponge to help remove my makeup, followed by the Rosehip & Hibiscus face Serum (also by Made from Earth).

  16. very interested. I have fair skin that matches everything described above. i volunteer to be a tester

  17. These articles by Dr. Perricone are very insightful, and helpful. It is helpful to learn how to care for oily skin esp. in the winter months.Thank you for sharing your wealth of wisdom at no charge here.

  18. i have an oily skin but it gets dry patches during winter. i wonder if i should change my skincare routine because of that?

  19. I am a young woman, in my mid 20′s and have oily skin. I am a stickler for removing my make-up and following the cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine. I am always looking to try out products that are made for my skin and am happy to be a product tester for your company, about which I have heard some great things.

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    I would love to be a tester for any new products you may be considering.



    PS: I wanted to add that I have actually had several people comment on how great my skin is. When I tell them that I am 50 they simply cannot beleive it. So thank you for your fabulous products.

  21. I simply love Perricone’s cosmetics but, here in Italy, we don’t have the complete range available: I mean products arrive in our skin care market after 6-8months. I really would like to try COLD PLASMA or something new. Thank you for your work, doc!!!!

  22. This would be ideal for my combo skin to clear up some of those problems I have especially around my nose and chin area. I would love to be a Perricone tester because I do know by using some of your products that they deliver the results.

  23. This is very interesting….I have oily skin but I am 41 and starting to be concerned about a few lines and my skin being a touch less firm…My mom always had oily skin and her skin aged slower so I hope I’ll be the same but I’ve taken better preventive care of mine than she did so hopefully it will age even slower :)