What Is Oily Skin? - Oily Skin - iVillage Beauty Skin Clinic

When your oil glands produce extra oil, it shows up on the top of your skin -- primarily in the T-zone area of your face (nose, forehead and chin); that's where you have the highest concentration of oil glands. You can control it, but you can't change it -- the level of oil your skin produces is hardwired to your genes.

You know you have oily skin when:

  • Your pores are clogged
  • Your skin is usually the oiliest in the T zone area, which is across the forehead, down the nose and chin
  • Your face looks shiny
  • Your skin feels greasy
  • Your makeup wears off within a few hours of application
  • You are prone to pimples, blackheads and whiteheads
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