It’s probably hard to believe there’s anything beneficial about oily skin, especially when you’re the one struggling with a greasy face day in and day out. But, there are many benefits to having an oily complexion - here are just a few!


The sebum, or oil, produced by our skin acts as a protective barrier against environmental pollutants. Sebum contains vitamin E, an antioxidant, and can prove to be essential in saving our skin from the effects of oxidative stress and free radicals.

Sun Defense

Although it’s important to use sunscreen when out in the sun, oily skin seems to boost the effects of sunscreen. Sebum provides an extra shield against harmful UV rays. Choosing a lightweight moisturizer that has added SPF like Dermaxsol can help control excess shine while providing needed protection from the sun.

Radiant Complexion

Complexions that tend to be oily are radiant, youthful, and often described as 'dewy'. It can be a challenge though to stop a radiant skin from simply looking oily. To balance out the oil content on your face, start with a gentle cleanser such as Rejuvoderm that can purify and purge oil at the beginning and end of each day.

Fountain of Youth

Try to think of sebum (oil) as the fountain of youth. Shiny skin tends to be somewhat thicker and is a little more protected than dry skin. Be grateful for the antioxidants produced by your sebaceous glands, as this seems to calm inflammation that is directly tied to lines and wrinkles.  Many women who combat oily skin often try to reduce shine with harsh tonics and ingredients; instead, a mild toner like Maxatone will unclog oily pores while providing nourishment and hydration.

Super Hydrating

The sebum secreted by the sebaceous and apocrine glands essentially seals in moisture and protects it from evaporation, keeping your skin fully hydrated throughout the day. Instead of being frustrated by your greasy complexion, be grateful for its ability to keep you looking younger!

Written by Melissa Feldman

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