lets face it, many people have a fear of skin care that contains oil. This is where the “oil-free” craze in skin care came from. I even sell an oil free moisturizer for that reason. I get asked all the time. Do you have any oil free products? Well I have news for you, oil is not all bad. Our skins job is to adapt to environmental changes. Every time we strip the oils from our skin with our routine, our skin needs to kick oil production into overdrive in order to protect us from moisture loss and to re-balance.

What is the fear of fats? Fatty Acids are refereed to as essential because our bodies do not have the ability to create these fatty acids on their own. It has to come in the form of diet. Fatty acids (lipids) protect the skin from weather changes, sun exposure, pollution, and other free radical sources.  Since these lipids have such and important function in creating a barrier and protecting the skin. With a strong barrier the skin is less exsposed thus resists aging effectively.  Check out these amazing barrier drops The Lipid Drops  


Did you know that sticking to a healthy eating schedule can better protect you from ultraviolet induced damage. A mouse study that was conducted by the university of CA Irvine found that eating at abnormal times can disrupt the circadian rhythm of the skin and alters the potency of an enzyme that protects the skin against UV radiation., The study showed that the mice who were given food only during the day, instead of their normal nocturnal pattern of eating at night sustained more skin damage.


There are so many cons to having oily skin, one of the biggest I can think of is Acne. But many people never knew this but there are some pros to having oily skin too! First oily skin provides a natual UV protection. Oily skin tends to burn less . Most importantly Oily skin is said to age slower. Because of the prolonged hydration that the oil provides people will see less wrinkles when it counts!  Lastly it is said that sebum delivers essential nutrients such as Vitamin E to the skin, which is an antioxidant that protects humans from free radicals.


Lets face it, our lives are busy, we work hard, we are always on the go, and we cant always eat as healthy as we might want to. The Convenience of unhealthy food is causing an epidemic of adult acne among both men and women. Diet has been linked to stimulating the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. More oil can mean more acne! So what do we need to do to REMI-D this? Part of having great skin is having a balanced diet full of healthy choices. First I would say you need to drink tons of water. Drinking lots of water will help to flush the impurities and toxins and help to renew the cells.  A diet rich in antioxidants will help balance the skin. The best place to find antioxidant is in your fruits and vegetables, so never skip the salad bar!


Did you know that stress can cause acne? When the body is under emotional stress, it produces an overabundance of hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Stress can also stimulate the sebaceous glands and produce more oil. It is important to stress less if you feel that your skin tends to break out when you are having one of those weeks!


While in their younger years, hormonal imbalances can really exasperate skin issues, caused by puberty.  Both boys and girls have increased male hormones called androgens that cause and signal the oil glands to mature. During this process we get an over production of sebum usually in the t-zone, chin, nose, and forehead. These condition usually ease after puberty, but can linger into adult hood.


When we have overactive sebaceous glands the skin produces too much oil which we call sebum. too much sebum makes the face appear oily and shiny. This sebum also clogs the pores and as a result you get bumps and even acne. If we do not treat the over activity the oils can weaken the skin and make it more vulnerable to harmful bacteria. the oil can trap environmental pollutants, debris, & dirt which can cause blackheads and acne. Since the skins defense is compromised  it makes it difficult to reject the bacteria. disregarding the build up of oil is going to cause congestion in the skin, and acne will develop when the glands mix with the dead skin cells and the dirt to suffocate and clog the pores. Here is a list of some great acne products to try. 

 


Both Men and Women have Acne, and oily skin. Men are more likely to have oily skin because their skin tends to be thicker. Because men are more likely to have oily skin their attempts to control acne are more aggressive then that of women.  Some of the many reasons that men are more likely to have acne, clogged pores, and blackheads are the hightened hormones and their daily grooming regimen. Another reason for excess oil production is because of their daily shaving routines, which can strip the skin of natural oils which in turn will produce more oil.  Check out these great Acne and oil control products here


Answer: You should never get a facial before a big event. 

with that being said the prelude to that question would be- what is the best way to prep my skin for an upcoming event. we recommend just taking it easy and sticking with your regular routine. There’s an understandable urge to kick your routine into overdrive in order to look your best, we have all done it, but the truth is that if your skin does well with its normal regimen then there’s no reason to risk upsetting it. what I do recommend is kicking your water intake into over drive. Avoid doing things that are going to dehydrate your skin. What dehydrates your skin? Sun exposure, tanning, alcohol consumption, etc. Eat healthy, get plenty of rest and Drink lots of water. We warn against getting a facial or doing anything extreme before a big event because your skin needs time to heal afterwards.


Answer: Using your hands to wash your face isn’t enough!

When discussing the ideal skincare routine we can’t stress enough the importance of exfoliation and deep cleansing! “Cleansing is the most important step of your routine. We have so many different types of cleansers each tailored for different skin types. what one should do is exfoliate without over-stripping the skin. You can do this by using the right cleanser and using either a toner or exfoliant cream just after. Exfoliating is going to help your skin care products and serums penetrate so much deeper and with more success. Many of our patients use a skin cleansing brush with their routine and we highly recommend this for a nice deep clean.  Cleansing is an extremly important step in your routine, so even using a washcloth would be an improvement over using your hands to wash your face.