The skin being supple and moisturized is determined by a certain amount of natural oil found on it. Your skin type is determined by how much oil the skin on your face produces; depending on this, your skin type can be categorized as dry, combination and oily.
People who have had to deal with oily skin will always have a connection. They all have that family member or friend who talks about how they can fry an egg with the oil on their forehead. Lol. It gets worse for the ladies who apply oil-based liquid foundation on their faces (Why do you do this to yourself???). Blotting their oily faces becomes the order of the day for them.
Well, do you relate to any of these? Not to worry…I’m not just writing to dig up your problems. I’m here to help you figure it out.
Well, let’s start from the root of the problem. In order to be able to solve the problem you’re having with your oily skin, you must be able to identify the reason why you actually have it in the first place and that’s what this whole article is about. I’m about to give you different reasons why you might be dealing with an oily skin.
First of all, to clarify, an oily skin is one which is acne-prone with open pores, a shiny complexion, blackheads, and pimples. The excess oil on the face produces a persistently shiny or greasy appearance.
If you don’t treat your oily skin, pores can become clogged and enlarged, and dead skin cells may accumulate. Check out the different reasons why you might be having an oily skin.
The true cause of oily skin lies in one’s genetic makeup – an excess of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Too much of a good thing, this metabolite of testosterone, DHT is responsible for triggering sebaceous glands to produce sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands). Oily skin can be passed on through your genes, as having larger sebaceous glands that produce excess oil is a hereditary attribute that can be handed down the family tree.
Excess humidity causes your skin to sweat and become oily. In humid areas, you can feel the excess moisture and oil as soon as you walk outside. Humidity and hot weather tend to stimulate the secretion of sebum, leading to more oil on the skin. Conversely, in arid or cold climates, skin can dry out, causing oil glands to go into overdrive to compensate.
We live in a stressful world. Our skin tends to overproduce oil in times of stress. We’ve got enough on our plates without having to worry about shine. No matter the cause, stress can wreak havoc on your body and your skin. When you are feeling stressed your body’s stress hormone, cortisol, rises. This might cause an increase in your skin’s natural oil production.
4. Hormonal Changes
This point is mostly for women. Hormones and oily skin seem to go hand in hand. Androgens are the hormones mostly responsible for oil production, and sometimes they can fluctuate, stimulating an increase in sebum production. This often happens during puberty, just before menstruation, during pregnancy and during menopause. Stress and illness can also prompt extra hormones to be released, and with those hormones comes more oil.
Also, as hormone levels shift during your cycle, from estrogen and progesterone to testosterone ¬– about two weeks before your period – your sebaceous glands can start to overproduce oil. This change is also likely to clog pores, potentially resulting in breakouts.
Makeup is a great tool for covering up acne, oil, and breakouts. But what you put on your face is just as important as how you take it off. When choosing cosmetics, opt for labels with “oil-free” and “non-comedogenic” (a skincare product or cosmetic that is formulated so as not to cause blocked pores). A major bonus of choosing the right one is that your makeup will last longer than those other ill-fitting cosmetics because you won’t be dabbing it off all the time.
You may not have been cautious enough with that foundation purchase. When you use cosmetics, like moisturizers, and even serums that are too heavy for your skin type, it locks in all your natural oils. This causes your skin to go into emergency mode and produce an excess of oil, resulting in a stubborn glisten along your T-zone, and potentially making you break out.
When removing makeup, choose a quality toner to remove leftover gunk from cosmetic usage.
It may be difficult to not indulge in foods which are highly glycemic food (contain sugar, refined carbohydrates, and dairy). But be warned – tasty as these foods may be, consuming them too frequently may lead to overactive sebum production and the greasy sheen that accompanies it.
Levels of testosterone and progesterone— and nearly 60 other hormones — rise in the body when you consume dairy, causing too much oil to build up beneath the surface of your skin. This is why so many experts recommend cutting back on anabolic-hormone-packed milk if you’re struggling with acne.
7. Over Washing Your Face
The more you wash your face the more you strip your skin of natural oils triggering your sebaceous glands to think they have to produce more oil to make up for the loss. If you cleanse your face more than twice a day, you’re your own enemy.
Washing your face or showering with extremely hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils as well.
The ingredients in your face wash, especially the chemicals and drying agents, are stripping your skin of its natural oils, which makes you produce even more than you would normally need. Wash in the morning and at night, and resist the urge to add anymore cleanses to your daily routine.
Oral contraceptives and hormone replacement medication can cause an increase in oil production, and acquiring oily skin is one of the possible side effects associated with taking certain kinds of steroids. Many medications can also cause dehydration that leads to a production of excess oil.
9. You Arent Using The Right Kind Of Moisturizer
First of all, know that you have to use a moisturizer, no matter how stubborn and oily your skin may seem. If you don’t hydrate, your skin will think it’s not doing its job, and that greasy forehead won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
There are a couple things you can try out. A light, oil-free moisturizer could do the trick, rather than purchasing a thick cream to slather on.
Something like organic, raw, cold-pressed coconut oil can loosen the sebum stuck in your pores and reduce the overall level of grease. Natural oil like this tricks your skin into thinking it’s producing plenty of oil, so why would it need to give you any more?
10. Too Much Alchohol Intake
Usually, the side effects of taking in excess alcohol is dry, less radiant skin but plenty of other times too, excess amounts of alcohol equal excess amounts of oil on your skin. When you consume alcohol your heat index rises, which means you actually do get warmer and sweat more. You better expect clogged pores and oil, oil, oil.
I know it seems like a lot, but just do well to check these things and cut some of them. Once you do that, you will probably be able to cure your oil blues. Buuuutt just in case these don’t work out, expect an article next Tuesday about the foods that you’re eating which cause you to overproduce sebum.