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Troubled by oily skin? Looking for some easy home remedies to tackle your skin issues? Skin that shines is not always healthy. Oily skin is the result of excess secretion of skin oil or sebum. Although oily skin is mostly associated with teenage years or puberty, some people possess clear and flawless complexion for their entire lives. Oily skin deserves proper care, if you want to look beautiful.
Oily skin is a common problem for many, the midday makeup meltdown adds to the skin woes. You must have experienced your sunscreen or foundation melting in the scorching heat, making your skin feeling greasy. So what is the exact reason behind oily skin? Let’s take a close look at it.
If you inherit oily skin from your parents, you will be more susceptible to acne and clogged pores. This is because you have larger sebaceous glands that produce excess oils.
2. Overuse of Skincare Products
Everyone desires to have a younger looking, smoother and clearer skin. So many people make this common mistake of over cleansing and over exfoliating the skin. They scrub the skin using too much pressure. The skin on the face is far more sensitive and it needs proper care. However, this doesn’t mean you will overuse a particular cosmetic product. Since, it can have adverse effects on your skin and make it oilier.
3. Seasonal Changes
A rise in heat and humidity during summer and spring can lead to an increase in skin’s oil production. Sometimes, in winters the skin becomes dehydrated, so the skin produces excess oil to compensate for the loss of moisture.
Hormonal birth control and hormone replacement medications can cause increase in oil production. Sometimes, medicines can cause dehydration and this leads to excess oil production by the skin to compensate for the loss of natural moisture.
5. Use Of Incorrect Products
You have to know your skin well before using a product. For instance, if you use a cleanser for oily skin when you have a combination skin, then the skin will automatically lose its natural oil. As a result the skin will produce excess oil to compensate for the loss.
6. Hormonal Changes
A woman’s body goes through numerous hormonal changes at the various stages of her life. Hormonal changes happen during pregnancy, adolescence, pre and post menopause. So these hormonal changes often trigger excess oil production by the skin.
Stress is not only bad for health but it is equally bad for your skin. Since, stress triggers the secretion of androgen hormones, which leads to more oil production.
8. Use Of Unnecessary Skincare Tools
Scrubbing with a washcloth, using a rotating cleansing brush, hand mitts, buff puffs and strips can cause dehydration, as a response the body produces excess oil to compensate for the loss of natural sebum.
9. Sun Tanning
Sun tanning is never a good option for reducing oil production by the skin. It may temporarily dry out the skin, but as a reaction to the loss of natural oil the sebaceous glands will produce excess oil in order to protect the skin. Tanning also causes pigmentation problems.
10. Biotin Deficiency
Seborrheic Dermatitis (flaky and oily skin) could be due to biotin deficiency. Biotin deficiency is a rare nutritional disorder; it can be fatal if it is left untreated. It can happen to a person belonging to any age-group and gender. Biotin is a part of vitamin B family. Biotin deficiency is very rare in healthy people because the daily requirement of biotin is actually very low. Different types of food replenish the biotin needed by the body and even intestinal bacteria synthesize small amounts of biotin.
Biotin deficiency can be caused by regular intake of raw egg whites. Since egg whites have a large amount of avidin, which binds biotin strongly. Also genetic disorders like biotinidase deficiency, multiple carboxylase deficiency and Holocarboxylase Synthetase deficiency can lead to inborn or late-onset forms of deficiency. Supplementation with biotin is a primary method of treatment.
How To Recognize Oily Skin?
The hormones called androgens stimulate healthy oil production, which is beneficial for our skin. But, the same thing becomes a problem when the oil production happens in excess amounts. This excess oil makes our skin appear greasy.
- A simple test can be performed to check whether your skin is oily or not:
- Take a paper napkin and press it on your face.
- Specially the T-zone area (the entire forehead down to your nose and chin).
Press the napkin for few seconds.
- The paper will appear translucent with oil when you pull it out.
Dos And Don’ts
- Here are a few things, which you should keep in mind, if you have oily skin:
- It is important to take care of oily skin. Whether it is less oily or more, proper care should be taken to avoid further damage.
- Avoid experimenting with your skin.
- Never treat oily skin with newly launched products without proper knowledge.
- Too much of exfoliation and toning will make your skin even more oily.