Oily skin occurs when the skin’s sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, or oil, which can make it look shiny or greasy. Pores are often enlarged, and excess sebum can clog them and lead to acne. Hormonal changes can also cause oily skin.
It’s important not to overload oily skin, and to help it to naturally limit its oil output and reduce impurities without stripping it of moisture. Choose pH-neutral skincare products that are tailored to help oily skin restore and retain balance by hydrating it without making it greasy.
Take special care of your oily skin in hot weather, as heat can lead it to produce more oil.
Facts about oily skin
Oil on your skin is produced by sebaceous glands. Every pore on your skin is a tiny gland that produces oil called sebum. This is what keeps your skin naturally hydrated and healthy. However, some people can have overactive glands which create oily skin.
Excess oil makes your skin look shiny or greasy. It can also cause imperfections such as spots as a result of clogged or blocked pores.
As people age, levels of hormones fluctuate which directly affects the skin. Hormonal changes often result in oilier skin, especially around the Tzone, however, hormones can also cause the skin to dry out and lose elasticity.
Other than hormones, oily skin can be caused by genetics, over-washing (scrubbing and exfoliating too regularly or using harsh soaps will wash away the protectvie layer of bacteria that lives on your skin), diet, and external factors like humidity and hot temperatures.