Oily skin is usually a common problem and most people who have oily skin usually develop acne. Acne and oily skin are often associated but the fact of the matter is you can prevent acne even if you have oily skin. To understand how to treat acne on oily skin, you need to understand how individuals with oily skin develop acne.
Oils are created in your sebaceous glands. The main purpose of these oils is to push the dirt out of your pores and at the same time protect your skin. These oil acts like a wax and shields your skin from direct sunlight allowing you to conserve the moisture in your skin. At a normal rate, the production of oil actually helps your skin. Usually people with oily skin have large pores. This allows the oils to pass through the surface freely. However as dead skin cells are produced, some of these dead skin cells clump up together due to free radicals and oxidation. These dead skin cells cover your pores, trapping the oil inside. When bacteria and oil are trapped together, the acne bacteria converts it to food thereby allowing them to reproduce.
Your immune system plays a role in the formation of acne. When there is an overgrowth of acne bacteria inside your pores, your body’s defenses are alerted and your brain sends soldiers to the area with bacterial overgrowth. Your white blood cells will try to contain this overgrowth and as a result, you get the signs and symptoms of acne such as redness, heat, and pain and pus formation.
So how do you treat acne in oily skin? The key is to not focus on the oily part. You need to forget that you have oily skin and concentrate on removing the dead skin cells that blocks your pores. At the same time, you should also increase your immune defenses. This does not mean however that you will encourage your immune system to fight your acne more forcefully. On the flip side, strengthening your immune system allows you to train your immune responses to the bacteria in a way that when there is a new infection, your body will be able to fight it with less force.
Another quick tip for you. When you have oily skin, it is very important to use a moisturizer after your acne routine. Moisturizers can help you keep your skin hydrated and at the same time protects the healthy skin cells.