Oily skin. I’ve never liked the sound of that. And I’ve definitely never liked the feel of it. But is “oil” always a bad thing on our skin? Does it really just mean “unpleasant grease”? I poked around online to try to understand. I’m no scientist, but here’s what I learned:
Our skin is a jaw-dropping creation. You can find diagrams and cross sections online that show its layers and complexity. This organ we call skin isn’t one simple substance. It’s more like an orchestra than a soloist, with its very distinct but perfectly coordinated parts.
The diagrams look a bit weird, to be honest, but you can’t deny that the design is brilliant. Our skin is alive. There’s all this microscopic activity going on, and its chief purpose is to protect your whole body. Healthy skin keeps bad bacteria out and helps regulate the body’s temperature---otherwise, we’re doomed. And it’s OIL that makes it possible.
It starts with your sebaceous glands. These “secrete” an oily, waxy stuff called sebum. You don’t have these glands on your palms or the soles of your feet. But you have them everywhere else, and most of all on your face and scalp.
That oily, waxy sebum helps with the process of producing sweat (don’t worry, we NEED to sweat so that we don’t overheat). And a thin layer from those sebaceous glands provides the protective barrier against harmful microorganisms.
That’s my lay person translation of this science. The point is, skin’s natural “oil” is good. What we don’t like, what goPure helps us deal with, is the appearance of overactive sebaceous glands. As our hormones fluctuate (ah, those lovely, maddening, unpredictable hormones!), the production of sebum fluctuates.
That’s why we get clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads, and that “greasy” feeling that is unpleasant on our scalp. Maybe your “T zone” (across the forehead, down the nose to the chin) is your problem area. I’m weirdly oily around the base of my ears (anyone else?) and regularly get pimples there (thanks a lot, sebaceous glands). If you’re in menopause, you may be going from dry to oily, back and forth--we women are never simple, are we?
There are other reasons for oily skin: stress, humidity, genetics. This is starting to sound discouraging, like there is no way to predict and control oily skin. But goPure is on it, ladies!
goPure knows this: the #1 tip from the American Academy of Dermatology for controlling oily skin is (no surprise) wash your face in the morning, evening and after exercise. So goPure has created Vitamin C Cleanser: mild, not harsh, with just the right amount of tea tree oil to help remove that over-produced sebaceous stuff.
Its other botanicals (like aloe) keep you from over-drying. Its antioxidant ingredients infuse skin with what it needs to be cleared of pore-clogging toxins. You see, even if your face is oily, you don’t want a “stronger” cleanser, the kind that would irritate your skin. The AAD warns that overly-strong cleansers actually trigger increased oil production. goPure gives you MILD: a formula that is gentle but really, really effective.
Don’t make the mistake I used to make: I thought that oily skin meant avoiding moisturizer. WRONG. goPure moisturizers give good hydration, and hydration does NOT mean greasy. Their Vitamin C moisturizer has jojoba oil which is a good type of oil that not only nourishes your skin but can also help to improve the appearance of clogged pores.
We could examine all the goPure products here, but the key thing is that goPure has done its research, and their products won’t add to unwanted oiliness. Perhaps you have some makeup tips you could share? Does anyone use, for example, blotting papers throughout the day? Any preferences for water-based makeup?
We’ll look at “normal” skin next week. In the meantime, even if you’re zealous to get rid of excess oil, apply your goPure products gently. Rubbing and scrubbing only irritates, which can increase oil production (remember our discussion two weeks ago about why goPure’s exfoliator is so perfectly fine?).
Most of all, don’t be discouraged; have patience with yourself. You are a woman, which means you are a delicate, complex, strong and downright amazing creation. Your hormones may be fluctuating, but goPure stands by you to provide stability: a thoroughly tested, carefully crafted everyday routine.