We have all heard the list of five basic types of skin: normal, dry, combination to dry, combination to oily, and oily. Considering there are over six billion people on the planet, this really is not that many categories. Oily skin seems to cause the most anxiety and anguish for people. Oily skin is reasonably easy to spot due to the shiny appearance, the larger pores, the blemishes and oftentimes scarring, and the uneven or coarse texture.
What are a few of the causes of oily skin?
There are several factors that can lead to oily skin, and often an individual may have a combination of factors that can result in the overproduction of sebum, or oil, in the complexion.
• Genetics – The least controllable factor since we inherit this from birth from our parents.
• Overuse – Over-cleansing and over-exfoliating can cause the skin to overproduce sebum in order to protect itself.
• Seasonal – A lot of us find that our skin is oilier in the hot summer months and drier in the cold winter months.
• Medications – Certain hormone-based medications can cause dryness which can then result in overproduction of oil in the skin to compensate.
• Environmental – Stress in particular can activate the sebaceous glands which produce the oil.
What are some simple changes that can make a difference in oily skin?
Minimizing the symptoms and effects of oily skin does not have to be a complicated process. Often you can make a difference with just a few small changes.
• Skin Care Regimen – A gentle foaming cleanser is the best choice, and should be used twice a day. In addition, do not skip a moisturizer. If you do not properly moisturize your skin with a water-based product, your skin tends to overproduce oil to compensate.
• Dietary Habits – While things like chocolate and fried foods do not actually increase acne, there are certain things that will improve the overall health of your skin. Drinking enough water will help flush out your system, and eating sufficient fruits and vegetables will give your skin the proper nutrition it needs.
• Lifestyle – Physical activity helps increase blood circulation including the face, and the process of sweating also helps to flush out the toxins. Stress reduction and plenty of rest will also go a long way to helping.
It doesn’t involve anything massive, major, or invasive. But these are just a few tips for healthier, clearer, less oily skin.