Oily skin is a problem with which many people struggle. Everyone has sebum (oil) in their skin, but when there is an overproduction of this oil, pores become clogged, and skin breaks out. Luckily, there are many ways to counteract this and stop the overproduction of sebum. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by taking vitamins for oily skin.
What are the causes of oily skin?
Oily skin occurs when the sebaceous glands produce too much oil (sebum). Too much oil makes it more likely for your skin to break out as the sebum mixes with dead skin cells, which clogs your pores.
There can be many causes of oily skin, some of which are preventable.
In many cases, the reason for oily skin is genetics. You are likely to have oily skin if it runs in your family. If one of your parents have over-productive sebaceous glands, chances are you will too.
Some factors can cause pores to enlarge, such as age, weight gain, and more. And with larger pores come oilier skin as bigger pores produce more sebum.
You may think there are no benefits to oily skin, but there is one significant benefit. If you have oily skin, you may not show signs of ageing as quickly as people with drier skin.
As you age, your skin naturally produces less sebum, which means your skin will become less oily as the years pass. Make sure you take note of any changes to your skin over the years, as your skin changes as we age, and your skin won’t necessarily be the same as it is now when you get older. Try visiting an aesthetician every few years to evaluate your skin composition to ensure you care for your skin type correctly.
Wrong skincare products
It is vital that you use skincare products made for your skin type. What you use on your skin can impact how much oil your skin produces. The wrong products can bring on oily skin.
For example, if you use products made for combination/dry skin on your oily skin, you can dry out your skin, causing it to produce even more oil. Or if you use really rich products, you will also increase sebum production. Make sure you use products that clearly state that they are for oily skin.
Also, make sure you use quality products, as some cheaper products are quite harsh and can do more damage than good.
Many people with oily skin believe that it is better to use as little product as possible to avoid making skin even oilier, so they choose to go without moisturiser.
However, this is a big mistake. Any skin will dry out without moisturiser. It is especially important to use moisturiser if you are using acne treatments such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, as these are extremely drying.
Moisturisers made for oily skin are usually water-based and lightweight.
You may think that washing your face more than twice a day will eliminate oily skin, but this is not the case. Overwashing can lead to your skin producing even more oil to compensate for the removal of all the oil from washing too often.
When you overwash your face, your sebaceous glands go into overdrive and overcompensate for the lack of oil by producing more sebum than usual.
Hormonal changes often cause oily skin. When hormones such as androgens (hormones responsible for oil production) fluctuate, sebum production can increase.
Fluctuations can be caused by:
Where you live can also play a huge role in whether you have oily skin. People living in hotter climates tend to have oilier skin than those who live in colder climates.
And while you may not be able to change where you live, you can take measures to counteract the oiliness by keeping blotting sheets on you at all times to blot when your skin is feeling especially oily or use a matte moisturiser to soak up oil.
Do you have oily skin?
If your skin exhibits any of the following signs, you probably have oily skin:
- You have large pores on your face
- Your face is shiny
- Your skin has acne, pimples, or blackheads in your T-zone (chin, nose, and forehead)
- Makeup doesn’t stay on and seems to just slide off
- You leave oil and makeup on anything that comes into contact with your face, such as your phone
- Your face becomes oily shortly after cleansing
What vitamins are good for oily skin?
Prescription treatments for acne/oily skin may work well for some, but others are yet to find treatments that work for them. Vitamins are a more natural way to help you manage your oily skin and maintain healthy, balanced skin.
Vitamins will take longer than prescription treatments to show results, but they are less likely to cause a bad reaction.
Vitamin B is an antioxidant brilliant for oily skin, especially if your oily skin is due to hormonal imbalances. It also protects the skin from signs of ageing and free radicals.
It has even been said to act as UV protection when used with vitamin C. There are 8 different types of vitamin B, but the most important ones for the skin are B3 (niacinamide), B5 (pantothenic acid), and B12 (cobalamin).
Benefits of vitamin B3
“Vitamin B3 has been shown to boost collagen production and also reduce dark spots. Niacinamide, a derivative of vitamin B3, has been shown to improve the ability of the epidermis, the uppermost layer of the skin, to retain moisture,”says Dr Hadley King, a dermatologist based in New York.
He adds that niacinamide is also a very effective skin-lightening agent when added to moisturiser.
In a nutshell, vitamin B3 can help:
- Minimise pores
- Improve skin’s barrier
- Minimise inflammation
- Boost collagen production
- Soothe symptoms of skin conditions such as those related to acne
- Help skin retain moisture
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
Benefits of vitamin B5
Vitamin B5, also known as Pantothenic acid, is a vitamin that attracts and retains moisture in the skin while smoothing and softening it.
Vitamin B5 can help:
- Soothe inflammation
- Retain skin’s moisture
- Regenerate cells
- Prevent water loss
- Restore function of skin’s barrier
Benefits of vitamin B12
“Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy hair and skin, and if you are a vegetarian, you need to make special efforts to make sure you are getting sufficient amounts,” explains chemist Marie Veronique Nadeau.
Vitamin B12 is essential for cell reproduction and can help:
- Soothe inflammation
- Boost radiance
- Balance skin
- Reduce the appearance of dark spots
Dr King recommends using vitamin B products, especially face creams containing the vitamin, every day for best results.
Vitamin C is very important for healthy skin. Our body does not produce vitamin C, and while it is found in many foods, only a small amount of it benefits our skin. There are amazing benefits to the skin when you apply skincare products containing vitamin C. You can see results fairly quickly, and your skin will be visibly clearer and healthy.
Vitamin C helps:
- Soothe inflammation
- Reduce the appearance of under-eye circles, puffiness and crows feet
- Tighten skin
- Protect skin from free radicals and UV damage
- Reduce hyperpigmentation
- Retain skin’s moisture
- Protect skin’s barrier
- Boost collagen levels
- Even out skin tone
Vitamin D is a vitamin we can get from our diet, but it is mainly made by our body, converting cholesterol found in our skin to the active form when exposed to UV light from the sun.
It is an antioxidant that helps support the structure and health of our skin and plays an important role in absorption, cell division, repair, and growth in our skin.
Vitamin D helps:
- Calm inflammation
- Calm skin breakouts
- Protect skin from UV damage
- Improve cell renewal
- Decrease environmental damage
According to cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson, “Vitamin E is the name given to [a] family of oil-soluble antioxidants. There are about eight different types.”
A study done in 2017 found that vitamin E effectively treated acne in adults within three months. However, the study used a combination of vitamin E, zinc and lactoferrin, so it’s not clear whether it was the vitamin E or a combination of the three that helped treat it. Furthermore, many people have claimed vitamin E helped them with their oily skin.
Dermatologist Ava Shamban says that vitamin E is very helpful for a whole range of skin disorders and skin repair. “It assists in various kinds of cellular restoration from sun damage to healing support for scars or burns,” she explains.
Vitamin E helps:
- Remove free radicals
- Strengthen skin’s barrier
- Calm skin
- Hydrate skin
- Improve the appearance of dark marks, scars, and burns
Best vitamin-rich skin care products for oily skin
Here at Poko, all our products are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, and more to keep your skin looking its best. Here are two products containing some of the above vitamins that are great for oily skin.
Poko Soothing Serum
Poko Soothing Serum is packed with vitamins and minerals and has been developed to prevent the overproduction of oil while also promoting cell growth and keeping skin hydrated.
The Soothing Serum contains tea tree oil that helps fight spot-causing bacteria and excess oil. The root and flower extracts also help reduce the appearance of dark marks and scars.
Light and soothing, it is perfect for oily skin.
Poko Correcting Eye-Cream
Our Correcting Eye-Cream is for all skin types, but the vitamins and other delicious nutrients it contains make it ideal for oily skin.
Creamy yet lightweight, this eye cream reduces puffiness, brightens dark circles, and reduces signs of ageing, all while keeping the under-eye area hydrated.
Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you should go without eye cream. Our eye cream won’t make your skin oilier, it will just keep your delicate under-eye skin looking bright and nourished.
These products are a life-saver for oily skin. So what are you waiting for? Get your best skin yet.