Face Shiny But Not Oily? Here’s What Is Causing It

We all need to be mindful of the importance of keeping our skin in good condition. Many people do not realize how much oil is on their skin, which can lead to breakouts and other skin irritations. Recently one of my regulars has been worried about his shiny skin.

There is no such thing as a dull-skinned girl. If you have a good complexion, you can be confident in yourself.

Every girl is unique, some girls have a lot of shine and others don’t. It’s normal for girls to be confused by the appearance of their own skin when they look in the mirror. A lot of girls check to see if their skin is shiny because they think it is.

This question arises when they believe there is no oil on their skin, and still have shiny faces. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of today’s discussion:

There’s a fine line between having a healthy glow and looking like you’ve just stepped out of the spa. However, you can still maintain a youthful appearance if you use a few of the right products.

If you have oily skin, you may need to use oil blotting papers to keep your foundation from looking cakey or cakey-smooth. If you have oily skin, you will have a harder time finding a foundation that doesn’t make your skin look shiny.

However, what if your skin is not oily, and you still have shiny skin? Will that always be the case?

The answer is that shiny skin is possible without oily skin. Our skin is a reflection of our overall health and well-being. If you notice that your face gets very oily or shiny by noon, this could be a sign of an issue with sebum production. However, it’s perfectly healthy for the skin to have some shine — lack of shine can signal poor diet or sleep habits!

How Do I Know If I Have Oily Skin?

girl with oily skin

It is essential to know your skin type before you begin working on it. If you are unsure of your skin type, it’s a great idea to consult a professional who specializes in skincare.

You could use a black light to check for the amount of sebum in the skin. The results are sometimes surprising, running counter to what one expects to see when examining the skin under a microscope.

After cleansing, use oil-based blotting paper to blot away any remaining oil. If there is oil left on the paper, it means that you have oily skin.

This method is not as accurate as a professional skin examination but may be helpful in determining whether excessive sebum is contributing to the appearance of shiny skin.

Related Read: How To Know If You Have Oily Or Dry Skin?

What Is Shiny Skin?

girl with shiny skin

The word shiny means skin that is wet or oily. The oil is produced by sebaceous glands, which are located around the hair follicles.

Ceramides are a group of fatty acids found in the skin. These fatty acids help to form the skin’s protective barrier. These fatty acids also play a role in regulating skin moisture levels.

Since there is some depth to the skin, the oil appears as a film on the surface.

Of course, having shiny skin does not mean that it is unhealthy.

It is perfectly normal for the skin to have a slight shine – a lack of this or a lack of glow can be an indication of poor diet, inadequate sleep, and dehydration.

However, if your face becomes extremely shiny at noon, it is likely that you have a problem with sebum or something else.

Why Is My Face Always Shiny?

Apparently, some people have a problem with excess sebum production and this can lead to skin becoming shiny.

Apparently, it is perfectly healthy for the face to have an occasional shine – lack of shine or glow can be a sign of poor diet or insufficient sleep.

However, if your face gets excessively oil by noon then you might want to consider consulting someone about excessive sebum production because that’s not normal at all!

Why Is My Skin Shiny But Not Oily?

There are many reasons why your face can be shiny but not oily. It could come from dryness, over-exfoliation, or the use of medication and hormones! Your skin might also have extra grease if you’re sweating a lot more than usual. Don’t worry though because these may just be the result of something else instead of an excess oil buildup on your face!

Once you have ruled out sebum as the cause of your shiny face, the next step is to rule out other possible causes.

The secretion of the skin is not only the secretion of the sebaceous glands, but also of the sweat glands, together with the secretion of the mucous membrane, and the secretion of the acid mantle. If the skin feels oily after a thorough examination, it is likely that there is excess sweat on the face.

If your skin is prone to breakouts, it’s a great idea to use a gentle, yet effective, exfoliant. Exfoliating too much can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dull and prone to breakouts.

Keratinocytes, the cells that make up your skin’s barrier, are more likely to be damaged by over-exfoliation. This leads to an increase in trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), and a tight feeling in the epidermis due to the tightness of the stratum corneum. This shininess is caused by the reflection of light from the stratum corneum.

Washing your face too much can cause it to become greasy, so do not wash it too often. If your skin is already oily, washing it too often can make it shiny.

Dehydrated skin is shiny because the cells do not have enough water to function properly. Dehydrated skin is different from dry skin in that it requires special care.

Overall, here are the causes of shine on your face –

  • sebum
  • over-exfoliation
  • over-cleansing
  • lack of moisture
  • hormones, especially during phases of adolescence and pregnancy
  • acne medication
  • stress and anxiety
  • environmental factors
  • excess sweat

Can You Prevent Shiny Skin?

You can prevent the appearance of shine by regularly changing your skincare routine.

Talk to a board-certified dermatologist if you have shiny skin.

There are some micro-needling techniques, such as radiofrequency, which can help with oiliness.

Microneedling is the use of small needles to penetrate the top layer of skin.

But remember, it’s not 100% possible to prevent some shine since it’s a normal skin type.

How To Reduce A Shiny Face?

Now that you know the cause of your shiny face, you can try to reduce it. Here are a few simple steps to follow to reduce shiny skin, when it’s not oily –

1. Regularly exfoliating your skin is a good way to keep it healthy and looking its best. But don’t over-exfoliate. Excessive scrubbing can strip your skin of its natural oils, which can lead to dryness and cracking. If you scrub too hard, your skin can become irritated, and lines and wrinkles can appear.

2. When you get up in the morning, make sure that your face is clean and free of any makeup before you go to bed. If you must sleep with your makeup on, make sure to take it off as soon as you wake up.

3. Always use sunscreen lotion when you’re out in the sun. It’s important for everyone to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

4. If you’re currently using a physical exfoliator, such as a scrub, washcloth, or ultrasonic brush, try switching to an enzyme product once a week to keep your skin soft and smooth. Using an enzyme product on a regular basis can be gentler on your skin than using an abrasive scrub.

5. Vitamins A and D are two of the most important nutrients for the skin, as they play a role in maintaining the integrity of the epidermis and the integrity of the stratum corneum. Vitamins A and D are essential for the proper functioning of the stratum corneum, which is the outermost layer of the epidermis. When there is excess sebum on the skin, vitamin A can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We recommend that you use an encapsulated vitamin A serum that is at least 4% retinol.

6. Acid serums that are left on the skin for long periods of time should not be used every day. Instead, you can use them every other night, or perhaps three times a week.

7. Use a mild cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils. You don’t want to strip your skin of its natural oils by using harsh soaps and harsh cleansers.

8. Moisturize your skin at least twice a day; never neglect it. Our skin cells are always in need of water, so moisturizing your skin with a good quality moisturizer is really the best way to prevent dryness.

9. After cleansing, always use a toner that is alcohol-free. This will ensure that your moisturizer has the best chance of being effective.

10. A gel-based mask can be used the night before you need to take a photo to minimize the appearance of shine on your skin. Hydrating your skin with a hydrating lotion will help to keep it hydrated and prevent dryness.

11. Makeup that is too thick or greasy can cause breakouts and make the skin look worse. The best way to keep your skin looking best is to use a non-comedogenic foundation that won’t cause breakouts. A far better alternative to the ordinary liquid foundation is a mineral and organic one. It does not contain any talc, which is an irritant. The sunscreen rating is usually around SPF 30 or higher. Australian-made mineral makeup products are of high quality and are sold all over the world.


There are many reasons why your skin can be shiny but not oily. It can be due to dryness, over-exfoliation, use of medication, hormones, or excess sweating.

Don’t try to treat shiny skin with products designed for oily skin, because as we have learned today, a shiny complexion doesn’t always come from oil!

Small changes in your skincare routine can help to reduce the shine on your face.

It is suggested to consult a board-certified dermatologist when you have skin concerns. A board-certified dermatologist will be in a position to advise you on the best course of treatment.

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