What causes oily skin?
Oily skin is genetic and often tied to hormones, which can increase sebum production. However, our environment and lifestyle also influence these factors, giving almost anything we do the potential to affect our skin.
Additionally, the latest scientific insights tell us that healthy skin starts with the right balance of an optimal microbiome, a strong lipid barrier, and hydration. If any of these factors are imbalanced, skin will look and feel compromised.
What we have been doing wrong with our oily skin?
There’s a common misconception about oily skin: that it requires more aggressive cleansing, and less moisturiser, than other skin types. In fact, the opposite is true.
In search of “squeaky clean” skin, many people with oily skin turn to over-drying cleansers and skip the moisturiser. This strips skin of necessary sebum and lipids – triggering a cycle of dehydration that can actually exacerbate chronic oiliness.
What oily skin really needs to stay healthy is a balanced microbiome.
Research shows that a balanced skin microbiome (beneficial flora naturally found in the skin) is one of the keys to healthy skin. This is especially true for oily skin: the right balance of good bacteria helps maintain skin’s natural protective barrier, which in turn helps keep oil in check.
Prebiotics and how they help us achieve a balanced microbiome
If skin is unprotected due to compromised probiotic levels, “bad” bacteria can attach to the skin and cause damage. “Good” bacteria protect skin from “bad” bacteria.
Prebiotics feed the good bacteria to keep skin’s microbiome balanced and healthy.
Oily skin often has an imbalanced microbiome. This can happen for a couple reasons: first, sebum overproduction can increase colonisation by P. acnes in the microbiome, which can make skin more prone to acne.
Additionally, the harsh cleansers often recommended to people with oily skin actually disturb its natural protective barrier – increasing the potential for dehydration and resulting in changes to the microbiome.
Prebiotic skin care helps balance the microbiome by nourishing skin’s beneficial bacteria – such as S. epidermidis – to help it proliferate. Active Clay Cleanser and Active Moist deliver powerful prebiotic technology and a unique combination of plant extracts to help balance the skin’s microbiome and maintain optimal hydration levels for healthy skin.
How the new reformulated Active Moist 2.0 and Active Clay Cleanser can help
Formulated especially for oily skin, NEW Active Clay Cleanser delivers a powerful prebiotic that nourishes skin’s beneficial bacteria to support a healthy microbiome and moisture barrier. At the same time, it delivers 30% more cleansing power – leaving skin refined, revitalised and deeply purified.
Active Moist 2.0 was also reformulated to feature a specialised Prebiotic Moisture Complex that provides truly oil-free hydration and allows skin’s good bacteria to flourish for a healthy microbiome. It provides hard-working hydration for shine-free skin. People with oily skin often skip moisturiser, reasoning that skin’s own oil will do the job. However, oily skin is often dehydrated – which can actually increase oil production.
Whether used together or separately, Active Clay Cleanser and Active Moist 2.0 do more than simply reduce excess oil. They work to purify, protect and actively balance skin’s microbiome – helping you achieve your healthiest skin.