Understanding Oily Skin

Oily skin is most often caused by the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands. This condition can lead to a persistent shine, clogged pores, and a higher likelihood of acne breakouts. Effective strategies for managing oily skin require balancing the removal of excess oil and maintaining the skin’s natural moisture.

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How We Can Help

At Sherman Aesthetic Center, we advocate a holistic approach to skin health, which we refer to as “skin fitness.” Similar to how your body benefits from consistent exercise and a balanced diet, your skin flourishes with appropriate care and specialized treatments. If you're battling oily skin, we encourage you to schedule a skin consultation with our experts. Let us assist you in creating a personalized skin fitness plan that controls oil, prevents acne, and sustains your skin's optimal health.

Common Causes of Oily Skin


Oily skin can run in families. If one or both parents have oily skin, their children are more likely to have similar skin characteristics.

Hormonal Changes

Fluctuations in hormones can increase sebum production. This is often seen during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause or while using birth control pills.


Hot and humid weather can stimulate the secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands, exacerbating oily skin conditions.

Overwashing or Over-exfoliating

Washing the face too frequently or using harsh scrubbing tools can strip the skin of its natural oils. In reaction to this loss, the skin may produce additional oil as a compensatory mechanism.


High consumption of sugary or fatty foods may influence sebum production in some people, though the impact of diet on skin oiliness requires more scientific research to be fully understood.


Elevated stress levels can boost the production of androgens, hormones that stimulate the production of oil in the skin.

Improper Skincare Products

Using heavy skincare products or ones that are not suited for oily skin can lead to clogged pores and increased oiliness.

Cosmetic Use

Heavy makeup or using comedogenic products that block pores can also contribute to oily skin.

Skincare Ingredients for Oily Skin

Choosing quality skincare with ingredients that support the health of oily-prone skin can help you look and feel your best. Ingredients such as salicylic acid help in breaking down the bond between dead skin cells, aiding their removal and preventing pore clogging. Niacinamide can regulate the amount of oil the sebaceous glands produce and improve skin texture. Additionally, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid are useful for their exfoliating properties and their ability to improve skin texture and tone. Our skincare specialists at Sherman Aesthetic Center can guide you in selecting products that effectively manage oil production in the skin and leave it looking fresh and feeling balanced.

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How to Handle Oily Skin

Maintaining a regular skincare routine, which includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing with oil-free products, is essential for optimal skin health. It’s also beneficial to incorporate a mild exfoliation routine to manage buildup on the skin’s surface. Using products with mattifying properties can help control shine throughout the day. During your skin consultation, our medical aesthetic professionals will be your guide to finding the most effective methods to support your skin health.

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Why Choose Sherman Aesthetic Center?

With Dr. Deborah Sherman and Dr. Mark Melson at the helm of Sherman Aesthetic Center, you benefit from over 50 years of combined expertise in eyelid surgery and facial aesthetics. Our practice utilizes advanced, state-of-the-art treatments, education, and training to remain at the cutting edge of innovation, ensuring our patients receive the finest aesthetic treatments available. Our team of medical aesthetic experts is committed to creating a skincare regimen meticulously tailored to your specific skin type, concerns, and goals. If you're struggling to manage your oily skin, contact Sherman Aesthetic Center today to schedule a complimentary personal skin consultation today. Our experts can create a customized skincare program that addresses your unique concerns and helps you maintain beautifully balanced skin.

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