Oily skin can be frustrating as it looks. Pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and large pores as a result of an accumulation of excess oil on the skin layer can be a challenge to those who want to have a beautiful skin. To make matters worse, oily skin makes your makeup easily sweat off your face.
Oily Skin: What is the Cause?
Oily skin can be caused by many factors: genetics, hormones, overactive glands, and dryness. Yes, dryness can cause your skin’s sebaceous glands to compensate for the shortage of moisture by overproducing oils. Too much oil can lead to clogged pores, blackheads and acnes.
Oily skin can be caused or worsened by:
- • Puberty: during puberty, androgens cause skin’s glands to enlarge and produce more oil
- • Stress: Cortisol (stress hormone) causes oil production
- • Weather: high heat or low humidity can drive oil production
- • Other hormonal imbalances
Do's and Don'ts
1. Wash your skin no more than twice a day with gentle cleansers
2. If you have excess oil even after a wash, use gentle exfoliation (non-mechanical, enzyme-based)
3. Use lightweight gel moisturizer and products labelled as noncomedogenic, meaning non-clogging
4. It is not necessary, but if there is too much oil still, use products with Niacinamide (a type of Vitamin B), which may decrease oil production
If you have acne
Cleansers with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid help not only people with acne
Don't pick, pop or squeeze spots. This prolongs healing time.
Avoid stripping products that will deplete your skin of natural oils. They are harsh and will lead to dehydration, which will kick your glands into overdrive for even more oil.
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