Why Do You Have Oily Skin?
By Ashley Sotelo
There are a number of reasons for oily skin, and many ways to control excess sebum (oil) production and create better pH balance. However, before we examine the fix, let’s take a look at the various factors that can lead to oily skin:
There are those whose skin type is naturally oily. These individuals are those who belong to a family with naturally large sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands, as you know, are oil-producing glands. The larger the glands in your face are, the more oil your face produces. And the more oil your face produces, the higher the amount of dirt it would attract. As such, individuals who have larger oil glands are more prone to having clogged pores and acne breakouts.
- Overuse of skincare products
In an almost desperate effort to combat oily skin, many individuals make the mistake of over-washing and using harsh, alcohol-based products on their faces. Such methods prove harmful instead of beneficial. Why? The more you apply oily-drying products on your face, the more your glands will produce oil as your skin tries to protect itself from the onslaught. The ironic result is that many will notice an increase in oiliness and more breakouts, rather than a healthy, balanced complexion.
- Seasonal Changes
The higher the level of humidity in your environment, the more oil your glands will produce oil, which is why you tend to have oily skin during summer and spring when heat and humidity levels are high. However, cold weather can also stimulate the gland’s excess production of oil as it tries to compensate for the moisture your skin loses.
The hormonal changes that your medication causes in your body can lead to an increase in oil production. Also, intake of medication may cause your skin to lose its moisture, which causes the glands to produce an excess of oil as a way to compensate for the lost moisture.
- Incorrect Choice of Skincare Products
Some individuals unknowingly cause their skin to become oily through their incorrect assessment of their skin type. For example, some women choose facial cleansers that are for those who have oily skin when in fact they have combination skin. As a result, their skin is stripped of its natural oil balance which leads to increased oil production.
These five factors are by no means the only factors that cause oily skin. However, they are among the most common factors among many individuals—women, in particular.
How then can one address the problem of oily skin? One way is to solve the problem from the inside. Make sure that your skin cells remain hydrated by drinking enough water and thus keep your glands’ oil production normal. Also, enrich your diet with foods rich in good fats that will keep your skin cells plump and healthy. You may also consider taking skin supplements such as plant-derived ceramides or phytoceramides contain high levels of vitamin C and E, giving you a youthful glow and plump skin.
Guest Author Bio:
Ashley Sotelo is a pro-active health enthusiast; she does research for various leading health companies–focusing mainly on the different alternative treatments available for chronic illnesses. Writing health articles has grown to become her passion, becoming the author of roughly a hundred of such articles and currently writing at BRI Nutrition whose sole purpose is to provide natural and safe supplements. When she is not writing or engaging in her regular fitness routine, she could be found curled up in a nook and reading her favorite books.