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Does Having Oily Skin Mean I’ll Get Less Wrinkles?

Oily skin has a few stereotypes, like the appearance of larger pores, shiny skin, and often being prone to acne and blackheads. Another common belief is that this skin type will age better and develop fewer wrinkles than other skin types, particularly dry skin.


So, is there any truth to this?

The short answer is: Oily skin ages differently than other skin types but doesn’t necessarily mean fewer wrinkles. It just means different types of wrinkles.

There are many signs of aging and the formation of wrinkles is just one, though it’s often considered to be one of the biggest.

Other signs of aging include:

  • pigmentation

  • broken blood vessels

  • thinning of the skin

  • enlarged pores

  • loss of firmness and tone


The reason wrinkles form is not from oil production. It’s because of the breakdown and loss of collagen and elastin fibers which are responsible for providing support and structure to the skin. This is due to intrinsic aging but also lifestyle, repetitive facial expressions, the ever-present force of gravity tugging on these fibers, and the biggest contributor: sun damage. These factors affect all skin types.

How different skin types age differently

Oil provides moisture and a plump look to the skin. With dry skin, you may appear to have more wrinkles. Normal and combination skin types fall somewhere between the two.

Genetically, dry skin tends to be thinner, pores are smaller, and skin appears to be smoother. But fine lines and wrinkles do appear more exaggerated. Oily skin, on the other hand, has much larger pores and is thicker. This provides extra padding or cushion to the skin.

Because of this, oily skin will have less of those “crinkly” apparent fine lines often found in forehead areas of the face. Oily skin tends to be thicker where there are more oil glands, which means forehead lines may be less apparent. However, oily skin may end up with deeper lines in the lower half of the face with more loss of tone.


The best thing you can do

The best things you can do for any skin type is to wear sunscreen daily, don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet, and get enough sleep. Skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid are a great option for plumping fine lines.

For deep wrinkles that form in the lower half of the face, topical skin care won’t make a huge difference since the cause is primarily muscular. But if you’re looking to tackle that area, fillers, laser, or facial acupuncture could help.

We all age differently, and require different protocols.

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