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Why Is Oily Skin Unattractive?

For ages, we have been seeking solutions to eliminate oily skin. But, why? What makes oily-looking skin so unattractive? Here we’ll shed some light on the shiny faces. 

Surprisingly, there are benefits of having oily skin. Sebum, the oil that your face produces, keeps you from looking 60 when you’re 26. It not only hydrates and lubricates but also protects your outermost skin (the epidermis) from the universe’s elements.

So, why is having oily looking skin considered unattractive by most people?

Wouldn’t having a gleaming face symbolize being a healthy, young stud or a fresh, fertile woman? Well, as you know, it’s the complete opposite.

There are physical and subsequent psychological reasons why oily skin is unattractive.


Physical Reasons Why Oily Skin Is Unattractive

Excessive oil secretion often makes your pores more visible, leaving your skin to appear “bumpy.” Oily skin is also more prone to acne breakouts. Breakouts happen when oil and dead skin cells clog your pores. And when acne breaks out, blemishes are often left behind, making your face even more unattractive. 

Also, oily looking skin makes your skin appear thicker and heavier. It hides the shadows that pronounce facial features such as cheekbones and a strong jawline that makes you look slim and fit. That’s why the goal for women who use makeup is to decrease facial shine and add the appearance of shadows to “bring out” the cheeks and define the jaw.

Psychological Reasons Why Oily Skin is Unattractive

Not only is oily skin associated with acne and unhealthy looking skin, but there are other reasons why people in western culture view oily skin as unattractive on a subconscious, subliminal level. 

You see, when you’re nervous, afraid, or anxious, your body reacts accordingly – a flood of hormones, including the stress hormone cortisol, releases into your body and prompts the sebaceous glands on your face to pump out oil (sebum).

So, we naturally associate a sweaty, oily-looking face with either fear, nervousness, anxiety, or being under stress, depending on the situation.

If you’re out with some friends at the bar trying to score a mate, an oily looking face may show that you’re nervous – not the confident alpha male that women tend to be attracted to. Even if you are legitimately confident, an oily appearance doesn’t help to show it. 

Why Oily Skin Makes You Feel Insecure

Because you know that oily-looking skin is unattractive, you become self-conscious about it. That creates even more stress and anxiety, causing the whole situation to snowball into an oily, slick problem that you can’t escape (pun intended).

Benefits of Having Oily Skin

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, having oily skin will help you stave off wrinkles into your older years because of the ample lubrication. And it protects your skin from the worldly elements.

Other than that, there is an unattractive, negative undertone with having oily skin. Hence why many people prefer the matte, clean look for their skin.

What’s the Best Way to Treat & Manage Oily Skin?

The best and simple way to treat oily skin without having to see a dermatologist is to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliating two to three times a week eliminates dead skin cells, which prevent clogged pores and acne. 

Use foamy cleansers and try not to use soaps for your face as it will dry it out. When dryness happens, your skin will want to produce more oil to compensate for the dryness causing even more oil overproduction. 

To manage oily skin, use oil-free moisturizers. Yes, even though you have oily skin, you still need to keep it hydrated. Yes, it is possible to have dehydrated oily skin. So, moisturizing is always essential. 

Use d*shine’s Mattifying Moisturizer w/ Oil Control

Here, at d*shine, we’ve taken the liberty to solve the problem of eliminating oily-looking skin. 

Our signature Mattifying Moisturizer w/ Oil Control’s sole purpose is to solve the “unattractive oily skin” problem. We’ve developed the lotion to mattify (make your skin look not oily), hydrate, and strengthen your skin while controlling oil all in one bottle. 

The formula keeps you looking clean and confident throughout the day, longer. It prevents the oily look regardless if it’s from your natural sebum or from the egg sandwich biscuit you just ate. Simply rub it in before heading out or when needed. 

Oily-looking skin is unattractive. So, be sure to eliminate the oily look with d*shine’s quality mattifying products.

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