As frustrating as it might be to deal with, oil production is a natural part of healthy skin. Oily skin is defined as an overproduction of sebum, a substance naturally produced by the tiny glands that surround each hair follicle on our bodies to help protect our skin from environmental pollutants. Breakouts occur when this excess oil combines with dead skin cells, resulting in clogged pores. This may make oil sound like the ultimate skin enemy, but there are many benefits to be considered for oily skin types. Natural moisturization, natural antioxidant production (sebum contains Vitamin E), and added protection from UV rays (though not enough to skip Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Crème with SPF 30) are just a few. Some experts even go as far as to say people with oily or combination skin age more slowly than those with dryer skin types due to less inflammation.

If you’re struggling to pinpoint the source of your oily skin, there are a number of factors that can be considered before consulting your dermatologist. Hormone imbalances play a large role in oil production. Just like the rest of our body, our skin is in a constant state of flux as we age and depending on where we are in our cycles our bodies may produce more sebum than at other times. Stress has a similar response since stress hormones trigger oil glands to overproduce.

Practicing self care will go a long way toward calming both stress and your skin. Diet is another key factor to note. As the saying goes, “healthy skin starts within” – so think “clean” eating and proper hydration. And of course, finding the right skincare regimen is a key step in being sure your skin’s “glow” is a healthy one. Here are the skincare steps not to miss:

Cleanser

When choosing a cleanser for managing oily skin, make sure to use one that is not overly drying as that will cue oil glands to overproduce to make up for the lack of moisture. If you’re experiencing breakouts as well as signs of aging, it’s equally as important to find products that aim to effectively treat oily skin without further aging your skin by stripping natural oils or aggressively exfoliating. Correcting Foaming Cleanser is a lightweight, self-foaming cleanser that gently exfoliates while deeply cleaning pores, removing excess oil and impurities, leaving skin clean and fresh as well as able to function – and resist the signs of aging – at its best.

Exfoliator

Exfoliating is the most efficient way to rid skin of the dead, dry cells that contribute to clogged pores, and in turn blemishes and breakouts. Sloughing those cells off a few times a week is an easy way to prevent that from happening, and with instantly noticeable results. Clarifying Exfoliating Scrub features jojoba beads and soothing botanicals to scrub without abrasives and leave skin smoother and clearer.

Toner

Using a toner after cleansing and exfoliating is a great way to further purify and refresh skin before applying serums and moisturizers. Using one with active ingredients specific to calming oil production and break outs is recommended. Correcting Refining Toner uses hydroxy acids and natural botanicals to help slough away dead skin cells and balance pH levels, leaving behind a smooth, bright and – best of all – calm complexion.

Serum

A simple step that goes a long way in your skincare regimen, a serum penetrates pores more deeply than most moisturizers, offering a concentrated boost of goodness to your complexion. Clarifying BerryPlus Repair Serum hydrates, protects and soothes with phytonutrients and botanicals for more radiant, youthful and refreshed skin. Moisturizer Even with its higher levels of natural oils, oily skin still needs moisturizing to keep it functioning, feeling and looking its best. Texture, weight and comedogenicity (the likelihood that a substance will block pores) are important when choosing a moisturizer for oily skin. Thick or heavy creams can cause clogging and impede cell respiration, undoing all the effort from the steps above. Clarifying Daily Hydrator is a lightweight formula packed full of shine-regulating botanicals and anti-aging peptides that optimize skin’s moisture levels to leave skin soft, supple and glowing – in the healthy way!

Following this simple regimen will help you manage – and hopefully even appreciate! – your oily skin and keep it looking and feeling its best.