Oil/sebum on our skin is needed to keep our skin hydrated. But excessive oil can cause problems like acne and blackheads. Oily skin can be an issue for many of us. Before we know how to fight it, we need to know the common causes for it. Some are as mentioned below:
Amount of sebum produced can vary with age. Sebum production is higher in adolescence and tends to drop off in women after menopause. It might continue till 60s or 70s in men.
Found in men, this hormone causes more production of sebum.
Women in ovulation tend to have oiler skin than normal.
Sebum production likely increases during spring and summer especially to those living in humid climates.
Ethnicity could also be a cause.
Signs of oily skin on your face
Greasy, shiny face
Thick, rough skin with large pores on face
Appearance of pimples and blackheads as sebum clogs the pores
How can you manage/control Oily face?
Here are some ways to help manage the oily skin problem.
1. Facial cleansing
Though it is a regular routine for most, it is an important tip for oily skinned people. Using harsh chemicals on face or cleansing the face too often or washing the face with rough washcloth/loofah could make the skin even drier and thus triggering over production of sebum.
2. Using witch hazel
Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that soothes skin and reduces oiliness. Make sure you test it for irritation before using.
3. Using natural facial masks
Natural face masks like colloidal oatmeal cleanses the skin without stimulation of sebum production and soothes it as well. Honey, though being antibacterial, too reduces appearance of oily skin.
Oil-free moisturizers keep skin soft and healthy without making it greasy. Aloe Vera is an effective moisturizer for oily skin without stimulating sebum production. A moisturizer having at least 10percent aloe vera works ideal.
Prevention of oily skin
There is no way to prevent oily skin. But you can manage it with the above ways. Identifying the skin care routine that works best for us is very important and sticking to it is even more important. Strictly stay away from oil-based make up products.
Control diet: Oily skin can be avoided to an extent by controlling the diet. It has been found that Squalene, a fatty acid, could play a role in increasing sebum production. Sources of squalene are olive oil, palm oil, wheat germ oil, etc. But consulting your dermatologist is essential before making any changes in your routine diet.