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Why Is My Face So Oily? 5 Tips for Men with Oily Skin

Why Is My Face So Oily? 5 Tips for Men with Oily Skin

Why Is My Face So Oily? 5 Tips for Men with Oily Skin

 

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If you struggle with oily skin, you know all too well the difficulties of managing a greasy forehead or oily nose. Regardless of the weather, or if you have a diligent skincare routine, oily skin can still arise unexpectedly. Having an oily forehead, nose, or complexion is a byproduct of having an oily skin type, and is also much more common in men than in women.

We’ll uncover the science behind oily skin and what could be causing the glazed donut look, as well as break down 5 best practices for men to avoid oily skin and balance the entire complexion. You deserve to feel and look your best, every day. 

The Science Behind Oily Skin

The skin on our face is vulnerable to many factors throughout our lives. Skincare is a method for balancing out those changes so that you can achieve a balanced, clear, and vibrant complexion daily.

Oil on the face is actually a product of our bodies called sebum. Sebum is released from sebaceous glands, also known as pores, as a way to naturally lubricate the skin and keep it moisturized. Certain factors can set sebum production into an imbalance, such as hormonal changes, free radical damage, environmental factors, and poor hygiene. 

Men typically have oilier skin than women. So if you’re concerned that your greasy forehead or oily nose is abnormal, don’t sweat it (no pun intended). It’s quite common among men. The reason men have oily skin is that the hormone testosterone causes larger pore sizes and increased sebum production. 

We know you’re eager to learn more about how to control the oil levels and get the sebum production to an all-time low, so here are the best practices for reducing oil on the face, forehead, and nose. 

5 Tips for Men with Oily Skin to Reduce Oil and Grease

1. Regularly Cleanse

Cleansing consistently, twice a day, will greatly improve the texture, tone, and oil level of the skin. Cleansing is the first part of three elemental components of skincare and should be prioritized to ensure you clear away dirt, oil, and bacteria from the skin. 

Without cleansing, you run the risk of leaving dirt, oil, and bacteria to clog the pores or those sebaceous glands we mentioned earlier. Clogged pores can lead to acne, blackheads, and unwanted blemishes.

Most importantly, regularly cleansing will ensure that you absorb that excess oil and wash it off. The Disco Face Cleanser Stick is an excellent choice for an everyday cleanser as it uses gentle exfoliants to shed dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria, as well as nourishing Coconut Oil to keep the skin complexion balanced and moisturized. 

2. Restore Moisture to the Skin 

If you continue to struggle with excess oil on the face, nose, and forehead, then your skin is likely overcompensating oil production in response to dehydration. When the skin is dry, dehydrated, or undergoing a hormonal change, the sebaceous glands overproduce oil to lubricate the skin and retain moisture. This leads to that oily, greasy feeling and look.

An essential component of balancing oil production is to restore moisture and hydration to the skin through moisturizing. Face moisturizers offer many benefits for men’s skin, but their primary purpose is to hydrate the skin barrier and then lock in that moisture with all-natural ingredients. 

The Disco Hydrating Face Moisturizer is a lightweight, everyday option for a daily moisturizer. Formulated with VItamin E, C, and Macadamia Oil, the Face Moisturizer protects against damage, prevents the development of wrinkles, and balances uneven skin tone with powerful antioxidants. 

3. Use the Sauna Regularly 

One of Disco’s best-kept secrets for a clear complexion and managing excess oil is using the sauna (or steam room) regularly. There are many benefits of using a sauna for muscle recovery, but the skin gains that coveted healthy “glow” as well.

High humidity and temperatures help to rejuvenate and clear out the pores. The sebaceous glands are stimulated, encouraging a rebalance of sebum (oil) to keep the skin at a healthy, balanced level of moisture. The sauna also naturally moisturizes the skin, stimulates collagen production, and can encourage the reversal of UV light damage

4. Exfoliate Bi-Weekly

Exfoliating is integral for encouraging a balanced complexion and managing oily skin. There are two types of exfoliants: chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliants use ingredients that exfoliate on a molecular level. Physical exfoliants use small, all-natural beads from ingredients like clay, sugar, or charcoal to physically scrub away dirt, oil, and bacteria. 

Exfoliating can effectively shed the layer of dead skin cell buildup on the skin, encouraging a rebalance of sebum production and stimulating new skin cell regeneration. If you opt for a chemical exfoliant, the Disco Face Cleanser Stick utilizes Phytic Acid to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells and reveal a rejuvenated, more vibrant complexion with oil balance. If you prefer a physical exfoliant, the Disco Exfoliating Face Scrub uses all-natural ingredients of Apricot Oil, Papaya, and Aloe to slough off dirt, oil, and bacteria, and nourish the skin. 

5. Use Activated Charcoal Products 

Charcoal will be your best friend if you have an oily skin type. Activated charcoal is a naturally absorbent ingredient, meaning that once in contact with the skin, the surface area of the substance “sticks” to dirt, oil, and bacteria, detoxifying it from the skin and pores. It has a rejuvenating effect that is the most effective for balancing oil production and absorbing excess oil from the skin, nose, and forehead.

The Disco Rejuvenating Face Mask is an excellent oil-absorbing that uses Charcoal to detoxify the skin, rejuvenate skin cells, and purify from the inside out. Ingredients of Willow Bark Extract and Bentonite Clay additionally stimulate skin cell regeneration and reduce inflammation and redness to the skin. 

Final Thoughts

While oily skin is a skin type and very common in men’s skin, it can be managed with the right lifestyle habits and a premium, all-natural skincare regimen. You don’t have to suffer from an eternally oily nose or greasy forehead! Using charcoal-based products, diligently cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating, and regularly using the sauna can help you get that oil under control, and rebalance the skin for a vibrant, more clear complexion. 

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