You can be a dry skin type’s best friend by creating an ethereal glow and an oily skin type’s worst enemy causing us to look like one hot mess. While oil is a natural substance found in our skin that helps keep skin supple, too much of it can cause problems such as acne and blackheads.
Aside from genetics, there are other factors that can contribute to less than a desirable amount of oil production.
Genetics, of course
Yup, you can thank your ancestry for this one as skin types are determined by your genes. There is a chance however, that your skin type may change with age.
There is a reason why the majority of breakouts occur when you are a teenager. Your sebaceous glands (glands that are charge of producing oil) are typically dormant before puberty, and spring into life after puberty. Hormones at this time are also raging out of control. The adrenal glands produce testosterone in women, thereby increasing sebum production.
Continual chronic stress also increases hormone levels and also increased sebum levels.
Heat and humidity increase oil levels. Individuals who work in kitchens or laundry mats or who live in hot and humid places can often find an increase in oil.
Harsh products/Not using a moisturizer
Excessive drying of skin or not moisturizing the skin may cause the sebaceous glands to overcompensate by producing an excessive amount of sebum to replace the moisture lost.
Although you can’t really reason with genetics, figure out what your triggers are and read these options available to help keep sebum at bay.
Relax and slow down if stress seems to be the issue. Take a small amount of time out of your day/night (even if it’s only one minute!) for yourself and do something you enjoy. Exercising, reading, meditating, and aromatherapy can work wonders.
Hydrate! Humectants, which include glycerin, sorbitol, hyaluronic acid and sodium PCA, attract water (not oil) to the skin and cinnamon bark, borage seed oil, wheat germ oil, niacinamide, zinc glucanate, caffeine, enantia bark, yeast extract, horse chestnut and biotin can regulate oil production with regular use.
Stay balanced! Using a pH balanced cleanser, something that is NOT soap, can help keep you from over drying the skin. Cleansing your skin about twice a say should suffice, or you run the risk of over drying the skin as well. Those who have acne may want to be careful about over using ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, which although can be great for acne, can also be very drying.
Nutrition Zinc can help regulate oil glands. Zinc rich foods include oysters, crab, liver, mushrooms and spinach.
Other Blotting tissues, using oil-free makeup, and certain primers can also keep shine to a minimum.
If you have oily skin, what product do you swear by?