What Are the Benefits of Oily Skin?

N. Madison
N. Madison

Many people who have oily skin think of it as a disadvantage, but there may be a positive side to it as well. It is possible that some people with oily skin may develop wrinkles and other signs of aging at a slower rate, or note fewer of them overall. A person may also choose to view the moisture on his face as providing a fresh look rather than thinking of it as an annoyance. Likewise, a person might enjoy the fact that having oily skin means he doesn't have to suffer the unpleasant effects of dryness, such as scaling, peeling, cracking, and bleeding. Additionally, some people assert that dry skin is harder and more expensive to treat than oily skin.

Oily skin may not age as quickly as dry skin.
Oily skin may not age as quickly as dry skin.

One of the benefits of oily skin is that it may not age as quickly or as severely as dry skin. While anyone can develop fine lines and wrinkles, people with oily skin may prove less likely to develop severe wrinkles. These people also may develop wrinkles and lines associated with age later in life as compared to those with very dry skin. As such, some people associate oily skin with the potential for looking young longer. It is important to keep in mind, however, that skin oil may not always have this effect.

Oily skin may be preferable to dry skin.
Oily skin may be preferable to dry skin.

Some people include a fresh look among the possible benefits of oily skin. When a person has oily skin, his face often appears a bit moist, and some may even call it vibrant. This can prove in sharp contrast to dry skin that can sometimes appear dull. In many cases, however, the key to looking fresh rather than greasy is using an oil blotter or other products that do not strip the skin of moisture but instead help control it.

Oily skin may not age as quickly or as severely as dry skin.
Oily skin may not age as quickly or as severely as dry skin.

Also among the main benefits of oily skin may be the fact that it is the opposite of dry skin. Dry skin is accompanied by a range of unpleasant issues, and many people experience unsightly scaling and peeling as a result of it. Some people also suffer from skin that is so dry it develops sores and bleeds, especially during the winter months. Likewise, it may prove very sensitive to elements such as the wind. Usually, a person with oily skin will not suffer such effects.

Teenagers are more likely than adults to have oily skin.
Teenagers are more likely than adults to have oily skin.

Though the topic is debatable, some people argue that the benefits of oily skin include its ease of treatment versus the difficulty of treating dry skin. They assert that there are many inexpensive products for treating oily skin but state that the products made for helping dry skin often prove more expensive. Likewise, some point out that there are medications that help to reduce or control the body's production of sebum, which is the substance responsible for oily skin.

For some people, slightly oily skin appears fresh and moist.
For some people, slightly oily skin appears fresh and moist.
Unlike dry skin, oily skin may not require the person to apply lotion on a regular basis.
Unlike dry skin, oily skin may not require the person to apply lotion on a regular basis.
People with oily skin will not have to suffer with the unpleasant effects of dry skin, including cracking.
People with oily skin will not have to suffer with the unpleasant effects of dry skin, including cracking.
N. Madison
N. Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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Discussion Comments

Buster29

I never thought of having oily skin as an advantage, but I guess it could be. I don't keep a lot of moisturizing products around the house, and my shampoo doesn't contain a lot of added oils. I see people around me who are always scratching their dry skin when the humidity is low.

I certainly didn't think of oily skin as a positive thing when I was going through adolescence. I had horrible acne, and my hair always looked greasy, not shiny. It took a long time for my skin to balance out the oiliness and clear up.

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