More than 50% of men have oily skin, meaning it’s more common than most might think. The good news: you can avoid the downsides of an oily complexion with proper care and the right products. Here’s how to control shine and look your best.

OILY SKIN: THE LOW-DOWN

Men typically have larger and more numerous pores than women. Men’s sebaceous glands also produce more sebum, so it’s no wonder oily skin is so widespread among men. Sebum is actually a lubricant and a natural moisturizing agent with protective functions that help keep skin healthy. On the upside, because oily skin is less dry, it tends to show signs of aging later in life. When skin produces sebum in excess, though, blackheads and clogged pores become a problem. On a daily basis, midday shine is often the most frequent side effect. The solution: practice a daily regimen targeted to your skin, choosing products with ingredients that treat the problem and control sebum at the source.

STEP 1: GENTLE CLEANING

As with all skin types, avoid using soap-based cleansers to clean oily skin. Soap has a stripping effect, meaning it can dry out and irritate skin, causing sebaceous glands to produce even more sebum to make up for what’s lost. No matter what your skin type, wash your face twice a day, morning and night, with a gentle face wash. Skipping this step before bed is a big mistake, otherwise your face will be a hotbed for bacterial growth overnight.

ESSENTIALS INGREDIENTS

• Zinc gluconate absorbs sebum and helps control bacterial growth.

• Salicylic acid helps clear skin of dead cells and improve skin’s hydration by regulating its pH.

• Menthol provides a cooling sensation.

• Hamamelis virginiana, also known as Witch hazel, is a natural astringent.

GO-TO PRODUCT: OIL CONTROL FACE WASH

This non-greasy cleanser gently cleanses and protects the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

STEP 2: REGULAR SCRUBBING

Used twice or three times a week, an exfoliating product will help remove dead skin cells and prevent ingrown hairs. A scrub is especially good for getting your skin clean after strenuous exercise and for those in a dusty or polluted environment. The trick to using an exfoliating product? Easy does it. Avoid aggressive rubbing, working the product onto the skin in gentle, circular motions instead.

MUST-HAVE INGREDIENTS

• Bamboo particles are an ecological alternative to plastic beads and a popular choice for gentle yet effective cleaning.

• Provitamin B5 protects and restores the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

GO-TO PRODUCT: FACE SCRUB

It sweeps away dead skin cells, leaving a smooth, glowing complexion and an extra-clean feeling.

STEP 3: SMART MOISTURIZING

It might sound counterintuitive to moisturize oily skin, but keep in mind that when oily skin is dehydrated, sebum production increases to rehydrate it. Oily or not, all skin needs to be protected and nourished, so put a stop to the vicious circle by adding the right moisturizer to your skin care routine. Better yet, a moisturizer that is specially formulated for oily skin will help manage shine. Look for light, non-greasy formulas and products specifically developed to keep sebum at bay.

MUST-HAVE INGREDIENTS

• Zinc gluconate absorbs sebum and helps control bacterial growth.

• Canadian Willow Herb is a natural anti-sebum agent.

• Absorbent powders help absorb excess sebum.

• 3XHydration Complex optimizes skin’s water reserves and acts like an anti-dehydration shield.

GO-TO PRODUCT: OIL CONTROL MOISTURIZER

Helps maintain optimal hydration while controlling shine and excess sebum, all in a lightweight, non-greasy texture.

STEP 4: UNIFY AND MATTIFY

A tinted moisturizer will improve your look and help control shine. It’s also a great way to appear well-rested after a late night and put your best face forward on special occasions.

MUST-HAVE INGREDIENTS

• Soft-focus pigments erase imperfections without adding a layer of colour.

• Hyaluronic acid provides intense hydration.

• Clay clarifies skin by absorbing impurities.

• 3XHydration Complex optimizes skin’s water reserves and acts like an anti-dehydration shield.

GO-TO PRODUCT: TINTED MOISTURIZER

Easy-to-apply and imperceptible, it naturally adapts to your skin tone to even out your complexion, while reducing dark circles and providing a matte effect.

HANDLE WITH CARE

The most important tip when it comes to taking proper care of oily skin is to resist the urge to over-clean using abrasive products. To get a lasting extra-clean feeling, choose gentle formulas that contain active ingredients specifically designed to fight shine.


CONTRIBUTOR:
CLAUDE LAFRAMBOISE, STYLE EXPERT

An established figure in the fashion and beauty world, Claude Laframboise has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian media industry. He has worked as a fashion stylist and beauty editor for Clin d’œil, the Montreal editor for FASHION Magazine, editorial director for MARIAGE Québec, and held various key roles at LOULOU, among them Editor-in-Chief.

For CW Beggs and Sons, he shares his expertise and passion for skin care. Featuring the latest technologies and ingredients, must-try products and how best to use them, Claude’s tips will help you put your best face forward and contribute to your overall well-being.