Oily skin, also known as Seborrhoea, is the result of excess sebum (oil) production. Oily skin generally presents itself during puberty. It may settle down in the later teenage years, however, in some people it can persist into adulthood. The excess oil production won’t cause any damage to your skin, some dermatologists believe that it may actually prolong the ageing process, however, it does tend to be accompanied by acne and blackheads, particularly in the teenage years.

Blackheads and enlarged pores both tend to be characteristics of an oily skin type, particularly for people in their teens and young adulthood.

Blackheads are small bumps that appear on the skin surface, distinguished by their dark or black surface appearance. They are formed when dead skin cells or oil build-up, clog up the opening to the hair follicle. When the skin over the bump opens, the exposure to the air results in the surface appearing dark or black. If the skin over the bump stays closed, this results in what is known as a whitehead.

Enlarged pores are most commonly seen on oily skin. When dirt and oily collect in your skin, this results in your skin swelling, causing your pore to appear larger. It is also common for enlarged pores to become more prominent as we age. This is due to the diminishing elasticity in the skin, causing the pores to look larger.

Microdermabrasion is an ideal treatment for this type of skin, to help remove the excess layer of oil and draw out blackheads.