How to Control Oily Skin

Mother Dirt

Greasy, oily skin can make you shine in a way you don’t want to. When your skin seems to produce more oil than Texas, getting it under control can seem impossible. 

Washing and rewashing don’t help, and often the products marketed to treat your oily, blemish-prone skin can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. 

It’s definitely possible to take control of the oil slick and bring your skin back into balance. We’ll cover the basics of healthy skin, what’s making your skin oily, and how you can get it back under control. 

What Makes Skin Healthy

Your skin is an organ, the largest in (or rather, on) your body. Your skin is responsible for:

  • Keeping you safe from the intrusion of dangerous pathogens
  • Helping your body retain moisture
  • Protecting you from the sun
  • Keeping your body temperature regulated. 

The skin has other functions, but these are some of the most important. When your skin is healthy, it performs all of these responsibilities and gives you a radiant complexion as an added benefit. 

There are several factors that keep your skin healthy.

  • Limited sun exposure. You know that UV rays are dangerous for your skin. Sun damage causes premature aging, sunspots and also increases your risk of skin cancer. UV rays damage your skin, making it less effective in performing its necessary functions.

UV rays are a form of free radical damage. Free radicals attack healthy skin cells and cause damage that can be irreversible. 

Ensuring you use sunscreen and cover your body when you are exposed to sunlight can keep your skin healthy and looking youthful.

  • Healthy lifestyle choices. Smoking, poor diet and not drinking enough water can all have detrimental effects on your skin. Smoking, in particular, is incredibly damaging to your skin, and can cause it to lose function, age faster and become thinner.

Eating a diet full of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, consuming adequate water and never smoking will keep your skin healthy for an extended period of time.

  • Keeping the skin’s microbiome balanced. Your skin is home to a happy little ecosystem of bacteria. Trillions of bacteria living on your skin make up your skin’s microbiome and help keep your skin healthy and free from bacteria and irritation. 

When your skin’s microbiome becomes unbalanced, your skin doesn’t function properly, and the result can lead to excessive oiliness. 

It may seem like a tall order, but your skin is resilient. Keeping it healthy and learning how to prevent oily skin isn’t complicated if you focus on correcting the problem where it starts; the skin microbiome. 

The Skin Microbiome and Excessive Oiliness

Although we’ve known that the skin’s microbiome is important, we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of just how important it is in the health and appearance of your skin and the health and wellness of your body.

The microbiome, in its perfect state, has a population of good, healthy bacteria. These bacteria protect the skin and body from harmful bacteria. Bad bacteria can range from acne-causing c. acnes to invasive forms of staphylococcus.  

When the good bacteria levels are unbalanced, the bad bacteria take control. 

While you might not get physically ill, you can experience skin conditions like dryness, acne and oiliness. In fact, research shows that when the skin’s microbiome is unbalanced, there are different amounts of certain microbes in oilier areas of your skin. 

Your skin isn’t oily because you have bad skin. Your skin is oily because its microbiome has become unbalanced. Fix the imbalance, fix the oily skin. 

What Causes Skin Microbiome Imbalance

Your skin’s microbiome can become imbalanced due to several factors. External stressors like sun exposure, cigarette smoke and pollution can harm the skin’s ecosystem. 

Most of the time, however, your skin can respond to these external attacks and regain balance naturally. Traditional skin care is the biggest offender causing an imbalance to your skin’s microbiome. 

While we’ve made great advances in skin care over the decades, at some point, we got it wrong. 

Good, healthy bacteria that once lived on our skin has been effectively scrubbed, stripped and peeled away by products designed to help us have healthier skin. Instead, our skin is:

  • Dry
  • Oily
  • Irritated
  • Acne-prone
  • Dull

The solution for preventing chronic skin conditions like these and learning how to prevent oily skin is learning how to take care of the skin’s microbiome. 

Balancing the Microbiome to Prevent Oily Skin

Erase everything you’ve been taught about skin care; especially what you’ve been taught about controlling oily skin. 

Products marketed for controlling oily skin have largely failed to help bring the skin back into balance. They either don’t fix the oil issue, or over-correct leaving the skin excessively dry and chapped. Neither condition is representative of healthy skin. 

Science says when the skin’s microbiome is unbalanced, the result can be oily skin. In fact, it’s been discovered that when the microbiome is unbalanced, the skin’s ceramide level’s tank. 

Ceramides are molecules that are crucial for proper skin function. They help your skin lock in moisture and prevent permeability. 

When ceramides are low, skin loses more moisture, which can send a message to your sebaceous glands to produce more oil, creating-you guessed it-oily skin. 

Thankfully, science also says that if you restore the skin’s microbiome, the ceramide levels return to normal, and the sebaceous glands stop working overtime. 

So how do you balance the microbiome? Mother Dirt to the rescue.

The Mother Dirt Difference

At Mother Dirt, we’re on a mission to balance your skin’s microbiome and restore the healthy bacteria that modern hygiene has scrubbed away. We want to get your skin dirty with the bacteria that helps keep it looking youthful and radiant.

Oily skin? That’s not a problem. Our products restore your skin to its natural, happy pH level so it can do its job without interruption. 

Combined with natural ingredients, we approach skin care from an entirely new perspective; restoration of balance. 

For oily skin, The Difference skin care kit helps restore balance, erase oil and deliver peace and harmony back to your skin. 

Clinically tested and dermatologically approved, this system comes complete with:

  • Mother Dirt Probiotic Foaming Cleanser. More than just a cleanser, this foaming wash contains a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to help balance your skin’s microbiome. 

Our cleanser also includes prebiotics from chicory root and rose water, which help strengthen and nourish the existing levels of healthy bacteria on your skin. 

Jojoba esters help keep your skin hydrated, allowing our cleanser to remove impurities gently, without stripping your skin of its natural moisture.

  • Daily Acne Treatment Lotion with Salicylic Acid. Stop attacking your oily, acne-prone skin with products that dry it out, causing it to produce more oil, and leaving it even more irritated (and oily). 

Our Daily Acne Treatment Lotion is a smarter way to treat acne. Salicylic acid, probiotic extracts and chickweed extract help nourish and balance the skin microbiome, improving your skin’s clarity and creating smoother, healthier-looking skin. 

No more irritating chemical treatments that burn, sting and leave your skin red and raw. This lotion is kind and soothing to your skin. 

  • AO+ Restorative Mist. The Holy Grail of skin microbiome balancing products, our AO+ Restorative Mist is the first and only product of its kind to include live, active Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB). 

AOB was once found on our skin, but modern hygiene has stripped it away. Our AO+ Restorative Mist works by mixing with ammonia on your skin and in your sweat to create skin microbiome-healthy molecules necessary for wellness. When your skin’s microbiome is balanced, your skin feels and looks healthier, less oily and overall radiant.

Oily skin doesn’t have to be a lifelong sentence of using harsh products that dry your skin and leave it flaky and uncomfortable. When you restore your skin microbiome, you can restore natural, healthy, comfortably balanced skin. 

The Takeaway

Traditional skin care hasn’t helped our oily skin situation. In fact, modern hygiene has made it worse. Our skin’s microbiome has suffered, leaving our skin irritated, and in some cases, excessively oily. 

You can restore order and bring peace to your skin by restoring balance to the skin’s microbiome. Using Mother Dirt probiotic skin care products helps nourish and restore the microbiome so that you can enjoy healthy skin again. 

Go ahead, get your skin dirty with healthy bacteria and enjoy the cleanest, most clarified skin you can have. 


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