Oily skin can be a troublesome issue that many people face due to excess production of sebum, the fatty outer coating of our skin surface. This production is often influenced by genetics, with certain skin types such as Asian and African more prone to overproduction. In addition, age and certain diseases affecting the action of sebaceous glands can also lead to oily skin.
One major factor that causes fluctuations in sebum levels is hormones, especially androgens like testosterone. Excessive output of sebum can lead to acne formation, which can be challenging to manage for people with oily skin. However, certain measures can be taken to manage oily skin and acne-prone skin.
Using warm water to wash the face after intense activity or cooking, looking for products that are non-comedogenic, avoiding oil-based products (although sometimes these may be appropriate), and adding a Vitamin A product into the routine can help in controlling oily skin. Using non-alcohol containing toners, mineral-based makeup, and non-greasy, broad-spectrum zinc sunscreen can also help in managing oily skin.
Facial oils have also been found to be helpful for acne-prone skin. Contrary to popular belief, using facial oils can help regulate sebum production and reduce acne formation. Oils such as jojoba, rosehip, and tea tree oil can be beneficial for acne-prone skin. These oils help in breaking down excess sebum and preventing clogged pores, which are common causes of acne. However, it’s essential to choose facial oils that are non-comedogenic and formulated for acne-prone skin.
In addition to these measures, investing in a silk pillowcase that helps in wicking away oil and dirt, never sleeping in makeup, and consulting with a skincare professional can be helpful in managing oily skin. Lifestyle modifications such as increasing fiber in the diet, supporting liver health, and regulating exercise can also assist in reducing androgens in the system.
Oily skin can be problematic for many people, but it can be managed with the right skincare routine. It’s important to be mindful of the products you use. Need help?
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