Reasons Your Skin Is Oily

Oily skin doesn’t have to be a curse. As with any dilemma we may encounter in life, once we are able to determine the cause, finding a solution becomes easier. Being someone who is combination-skinned, I have an oily t-zone and a dry u-zone. All this means is that my forehead, nose and chin light up like the Fourth of July as the day wears on, particularly when I wear make-up. Blockage-inducing cosmetics such as cream or liquid foundations are the cause, while for other people a few more reasons may apply.

Your Diet
Low GI foods help to lessen the overproduction of oil [Image Source: Pinterest]
As the old adage goes, “you are what you eat”. Consumption of high glycaemic foods (white bread, corn flakes, instant oatmeal, popcorn and pineapples) all lead to overactive sebum production.  A diet rich in proteins, leafy green vegetables and fresh fruit can help better manage this.

Hormonal (Menstrual Cycle and Puberty)
It’s not a surprising reason and it happens to be one of those we have little control over. Every month, our bodies go through a regular cycle of hormone production. Oestrogen levels rise and of course your sebaceous glands are kicked into high gear. Keep an eye out for acne breakouts along your lower cheek area and chin as this is most likely the trigger. Try not to pick or pop them, just be patient. Eventually they will disappear. 

For some people during puberty, the oil glands go into overdrive but this lessons a certain degree after your teen years. For others, however, this oily skin condition can persist well into adulthood but is often seasonal. The good news is that oily skin helps skin age slower with fewer wrinkles but the downside is of course that your skin is oily.
Benefits of oily skin include fewer wrinkles [Image Source: HypeHair]
Once again, hormones play a pivotal role when in stressful situations. Your fight-or-flight response is called upon and in response your body produces more androgen hormones that lend an uninvited helping hand to oil production.

Ever dread spring or summer time? I certainly do and it’s mainly because my sebum production during this period is at an all time high.  Humidity and high temperatures can cause the skin’s oil production levels to increase. And if you’re still oily during winter when the air is somewhat dryer, your skin becomes dehydrated and your sebaceous glands overcompensate by producing excess oil. 

If oily skin runs in your family, chances are you’ll have large sebaceous glands that produce excess oil. Skin that is genetically oily is more likely to include clogged pores and breakouts. While genes aren’t “tweakable”, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York City,  "we certainly can try to minimize factors that can lead to an increase in oil production."

Different skin types [Image Source: Best Beauty Info]
As much as we love our make-up, blockage-inducing cosmetics is also a culprit. Heavy make-up has the ability to trap oil, not letting the skin breathe and further aggravating breakouts. A dirty cell phone, make-up brushes that haven’t been washed in weeks and rarely sanitized hands also have the same effect. Keep these extra clean at all times!

As is evidenced, some of the causes of oily skin can be better managed through the use of gentle yet hardworking skincare, a correct diet as well as a healthy mental state to name a few. What is your skin type and how have you found a way to better manage it?

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