Oily Skin Throughout History

Here’s a fun fact, I have oily skin. Okay, yeah, that’s not a particularly fun fact. It’s quite common. I’ve always wondered though if people have delt with oily skin throughout history. Because when you go to an art gallery and look at old paintings of men and women from all walks of life, you don’t see excessive shininess, or pimples popping up. I know that those people probably didn’t want their worst features highlighted upon, like how people nowadays use filters and touch-up apps to perfect their faces, but surely we’d see at least a few. There’s got to be non-commission paintings out there of a pretty famous guy who was known for his spottiness. Surely! Or champions of loving the way you looked naturally, who wanted to showcase their raw and beautiful skin? Am I reading too much into this?

All I’m saying is, is oily skin something we as a human race have been battling since our inception? Our cleanliness has reached an all time high, so surely this must be the best our skin has ever been? I just can’t let this go. What about metal workers and glass blowers stuck in stuffy rooms all day? What about peasants who couldn’t wash their faces more than once a week? If not less? There are so many possible ways people could end up with oily skin, sans anything but water and awful dry-your-skin-out soap. And I want to see it.

Speaking of which, I think I’ve actually found the best face wash for oily skin. Peppermint, who knew? It seems like the kind of formula that was only going to come together to work with our modern knowledge and technology. It’s not like your or I could take peppermint essential oils, water and glycerine and mix it with some other random ingredients to make something even half as good. It just isn’t possible. And if I still get spots every now and again, then the Victorians certainly did. Hell, the Neanderthals. They would have gotten sweaty, fact.

Look, I really didn’t want this to become a rant! Living with oily skin has had its ups and downs, but I think the worst part is that media ignores us. Celebs don’t go outside the house with pimples, although we all know they get them. Even in films, teenagers should have acne! They just should, even if its fake because the actors are much older than the characters they’re playing.

Harry Styles has pimples

And that’s my blog. Sorry its more of what I call an angry think piece. Let me know if you feel the same way, or can prove me wrong? I am always happy to be rebutted!