The Surprising Benefit of Oily Skin

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Oily skin gets a bad rap. From patent-leathery shine to breakouts, it’s the skin type most of us wish we didn’t have. But if you ask many dermatologists, they’ll say that it seems to age the most gracefully.

While the jury is still out on exactly why oily skin seems to age better, we do know that natural oils help lubricate the skin and may help minimize the effect of environmental stresses. Think of it as built-in moisturizer.

But there’s a second possible reason: One study found that oil gland secretion delivers vitamin E to the skin.

What’s all the fuss about vitamin E? It’s a natural antioxidant that protects skin from environmental damage and ups our natural protection factor. So the more sebum (er, oil) you produce, the more vitamin E will be delivered to your skin, which gives more protection from things like the sun and air pollution.

Does this mean oily skin types can stop wearing SPF? Not quite. But you should do everything you can to avoid stripping this precious, protective oil from your skin, no matter how tempting it is to obliterate grease with a million washes, scrubs and toners. This means avoiding harsh cleansers, exfoliators and skin-stripping toners or scrubs. Instead, opt for gentle, pH-balanced cleansers over traditional bar soap.

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