Focus on Oily Skin

| July 7, 2022

Seasonal elements affect our dermal layers in different ways. These influences are further accentuated by factors such genetic predisposition, lifestyle, skincare routine (or lack thereof), and age. These co-factors can combine to create oily skin.

Oily skin characteristics often include:

Visible shine; particularly in the middle of the day,

Appearance of both whiteheads and blackheads,

Enlarged visible pores,

Acne on back &/ chest,

Signs of a damaged Skin Barrier.

The aesthetic concerns of oily skin include dull, lifeless, skin, that suffers from frequent breakouts, and disproportionately showcases visible ageing.

The Predicament of Oily Skin

Treating Oily Skin is more complex than simply increasing moisture levels within the dermal matrix. Alongside uncertainty about where to start; the threat of Acne flare-ups can be anxiety-producing while the habit or tendency to pick at problem skin results in worsening the issue. Constant well-intentioned but improperly guided attempts to fix oily skin can lead to a ‘see-saw’ of optimism vs. frustration when the issue remains unresolved despite effort. Furthermore, sun damage becomes a compound problem as those with oily skin often forgo sun protection because it makes their skin surface worse.

How to Treat Problematic Skin; Oily

The correct treatment protocol always begins with an accurate diagnosis; identifying key problem areas and determining what is causing (and what is contributing to) the issue.

We encourage you to visit SAI for a Visia™ Skin Analysis, in-clinic treatment & appropriate cosmeceutical homecare.

At Home Solutions: Often times; the simple switch of homecare products can make a significant impact almost immediately. Oily skin requires regular cleansing and one must remain mindful of further stressing the skin barrier. The key is to remove excess oil, surface dirt, and aid exfoliation. The cleaning product should be gentle as the inclusion of harsh ingredients will only exacerbate the problem. Gel cleansers are appropriate.

Browse Gentle Cleansers for Oily Skin:

Dermaceutic Advanced Cleanser

NeoStrata Foamnig Glycolic Wash

NeoStrata Clarifying Facial Cleanser

One must not mistake oily skin as suffering from too much moisture. It is surplus sebum which creates the problems, not “overly-hydrated skin”. In fact, attempts to remove oil often strip natural moisture which unfortunately further contributes to the problem. When choosing a moisturiser for oily skin, one must select a product that is light, and easily able to be absorbed. A combination product which also features sunscreen is an excellent way to ensure ailing skin is protected and moisturised.

Browse Light Moisturisers & Oil Free Sun Protection:

NeoStrata Sheer Hydration SPF40

NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF50

NeoStrat Gel Plus

Hydrating Day Cream

Esse Light Moisturiser

Heliocare 360 Oil Free Gel

Heliocare Gel Colour Light

Suffers of oily skin regularly experience patches of more severe symptoms on the dermis. To prevent or to treat these; a specially formulated as “safe for oily skin” light serum may be appropriate.

Browse Repairing Serums:

Dermacutic K Ceutic

Oxygenetix Face Moisturiser

In-Clinic Treatments: While specifically selected cosmeceuticals are an excellent avenue to creating healthy skin; some skin will benefit from direct treatment action.

Chemical Peels are the go-to choice to combat oily skin. A Chemical Peel allows for direct access to re-establish the skin barrier while removing oil, dirt, and bacteria.

During the procedure; a personalized formulation is utilized in order to remove all oil from the dermal surface. Existing acne, acne scarring, and surface blemishes are also addressed. Clogged pores and blackheads are removed and enlarged pores are diminished. Excess sebum production is curbed, breakouts are prevented, and rejuvenated skin is encouraged to surface!

Long-standing oily skin sufferers will receive the most benefit from scheduled peels. When regularly applied, these are very effective in keeping recurring oily skin woes at bay. Commonly selected active ingredients to deal with oil skin include; salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid. Dr Clark is qualified and practised at assessing the existing state of skin along with grasping your skin goals. Together these allow him to form and recommend a tailored approach for your individual unique situation. The majority of Chemical Peels employed for the condition of oily skin are mild in nature. This means they include little or even no downtime following. Some skin redness or flaking may be visible; but a good post-peel protocol should keep the social calendar from being disrupted.

Where to Start

If your skin is lacklustre, start at SAI. Our in-clinic team are knowledgeable Skin Professionals poised to assist. From online assistance in choosing appropriate products, to a FREE Visia™ Skin Analysis, to personalized peel plans; Dr Clark and his team are here to help. There is no need to guess what your skin needs!

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For any information or to book additional treatments please call SAI on 011 883 3116 / 060 718 2718 or via our SAI Contact Us Page 


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