What is oily skin?

Oily skin looks shiny and greasy, typically with medium- to large-sized pores. The condition results from overactive oil glands, a feature that makes this skin type prone to acne. Hormones associated with adolescence and pregnancy may contribute to oily skin and breakouts. Oily skin may appear or become worse during the warm summer months.

Cleansers and toners for oily skin contain ingredients that dissolve and wash away excess oil. Other products, such as special oil-control lotions and blotting paper, help absorb oil.

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