How to manage your oily and dehydrated skin.

The feeling of oily and dehydrated skin can be uncomfortable, and in the summer months, it can feel even more so. Your skin looks shiny, and if you’re […]

Oily Dehydrated Skin

The feeling of oily and dehydrated skin can be uncomfortable, and in the summer months, it can feel even more so.

Your skin looks shiny, and if you’re wearing makeup, it can feel heavy on the skin and most of the time, it feels greasy.

You can’t wait to wash it all away at the end of the day and often with the wrong type of cleanser, leading to more oil followed by a loss of valuable moisture.

A frustrating and confusing cycle of oiliness followed by tight and dehydrated skin conditions is often the outcome.

This cycle will disrupt your skin’s delicate protective barrier if left unchecked.

Your skin’s protective barrier is essential for the health and longevity of your skin, so finding the perfect balance of oil and moisture is an important aspect of your skincare routine.

Finding the perfect balance of oil and moisture in your skin.

For many with oily skin, this will mean reaching for the foaming cleanser, followed by a scrub of some sort and then possibly a lightweight moisturiser or sometimes no moisturiser at all.

And, it isn’t easy convincing you of a better routine. You’ve struggled with oiliness and recurring blemishes for so long; you’re right to be cautious and stick to the skincare routine, you know.

But please, hear me out.

Oily skin is your skin type. Of course, this oil can ebb and flow, especially with the onset of hormonal fluctuations, where the skin can become considerably oily.

Once over this hormonal bump in the road,  love it or hate it, you’ll find your skin settles into a natural oil flow that is uniquely you.

For some of us, excessive oiliness is all over the face, or it can appear down the centre of your face, across the forehead, nose and chin area.

How you cleanse and protect your skin can exacerbate this oiliness, and before long, the wrong type of cleanser and a lack of proper moisturisation can throw your natural oil flow out of balance.

If this continues over a long period, your skin will remain disrupted and produce even more oil. We call this reactive seborrhea, and frustratingly your skin will become dehydrated as well.

When oily skin becomes dehydrated, it brings about other conditions in the skin, which you might blame on your oiliness, but it’s more likely to be caused by the lack of moisture in your skin.

How so? Let me explain.

When you over-cleanse your skin, the natural oils that are there to protect you from moisture loss are missing in action.

Your skin will act to remedy the situation by pushing out more oil. Do this often enough, and you’ll find you have more oil and much less moisture, which can lead to chronic dehydration.

You might think you’ll fix this by applying a moisturiser. Something lightweight and barely-there, or you’ll skip it altogether.

Oh well, it’s only dehydration, no big deal. Except it can be.

Your skin needs a balance of oil and moisture to function correctly.

When the skin is oily and dehydrated other problems can arise. Unable to flow freely, oil and dead cells become trapped in your follicles, leading to blackheads, congestion, and eventually breakouts and blemishes.

When the skin is dehydrated, your acid mantle or protective lipid barrier cannot protect the skin from infection and becomes slow to heal the breakouts that have appeared on your face.

The onset of hormonal activity causes oily skin and blemishes, but how well your skin copes will determine how you manage your oily skin.

It’s important to embrace your oily skin and take care not to strip all the oils away. Oil is not the enemy, but too much cleansing and the wrong type of moisturiser can be.

Getting the basics right is the key to a healthy balance of oil and moisture to keep the skin looking great.

If you’re struggling with oily skin that’s also dehydrated, you may find the following products a match made in heaven for your skin.

Finding the perfect match for oily, dehydrated skin this summer.

Oily Dehydrated Skin

Aspect | Purastat 5 Cleanser + Aspect Sheer Hydration

Aspect Purastat 5 Cleanser slightly exfoliating foaming cleanser combined with the power of Lactic acid and natural fruit acids to lift away embedded dirt and pollutants whilst improving the skin hydration and dryness.

Aspect Sheer Hydration is a lightweight oil-free moisturiser that will not clog the skin and provides skin hydration to improve the skin’s overall health.

Environ Skincare

Environ – Low Foam Cleansing Gel + Botanical Infused Moisturising Toner + Skin EssentiA AVST Gel.

Environ Low Foam Cleansing Gel will gently cleanse away dirt, pollutants, and makeup without stripping the skin’s pH balance.

Environ Infused Moisturising Toner will restore the skin’s natural moisture balance and prepare the skin for your moisturiser.

Environ Skin EssentiA AVST Gel is perfect for oily skins that require hydration and all the essential nutrients Vitamin A benefits.

Oily dehydrated skin

Cosmedix | Purity Clean + Cosmedix Purity Balance + Cosmedix Hydrate+

Cosmedix Purity Clean is perfect for oily, acne-prone and problematic skin needs. A cleanser that exfoliates to help improve the skin’s texture while keeping the oil and moisture balance in the skin.

Cosmedix Hydrate+ is a moisturising sunscreen for all skin types that offers broad-spectrum protection and antioxidants to reduce free radical damage caused by the sun.

Environ Clarity+

Environ | Sebu Wash + Sebu-Lac + Sebu ACE Oil

Environ Focus Care Clarity+ Sebu Wash will gently cleanse away surface oil and balance the natural oil flow to support the skin when suffering from acne or blemishes.

Environ Sebu-Lac + Sebu ACE Oil is a unique combination to reduce oil flow, manage excessive dead cell build-up and promote skin nutrition with vitamin A, C & E to support the ongoing health of blemish-prone skin.

Do you still need help choosing the perfect combination to manage your oily and dehydrated skin?

If you need help choosing the perfect match to manage your oil and moisture this summer, then get in touch with us, and we can arrange for you to come in for a consultation you can book here or call us on 02 8034 2140

See you soon,

Mel x


Melanie Russell Richards

Melanie’s knowledge, credentials and passion for the skin are unsurpassed. With over 30 years of industry experience, Melanie has a Bachelor of Dermal Science from Victoria University and is a member of The Society of Dermal Clinicians.

With so much knowledge and experience, it was time for Melanie to realise her dream of owning her own non-surgical skin clinic and establishing Select Skin in 2017.

Melanie is committed to treating her clients with honesty, integrity, and care. Achieving ethical and results-driven outcomes is the most rewarding part of her day.

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