Oily Skin

Oily skin is most common during puberty. Due to the hormonal changes, all glands show increased activity – including the sebaceous and sweat glands. The result is a hydrolipid film with very high concentrations of lipids which makes the skin shine. Also bear in mind that our human skin needs to be maintained and preserved at a mildly-acidic state pH 5.5 in order to build and maintain a strong protective skin barrier. Oily skin is the result of the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands. These glands are located within the skin’s surface and are responsible for secreting an oily substance called sebum which is an oily substance made of fats that helps to lubricate the skin preventing the skin from drying out or becoming irritated. It isn’t all bad since it forms a protective layer to protect and moisturize your skin other than it being able to remove dead skin cells and other irritants from your pores. It is important to keep it all balanced as over-active sebaceous glands may produce too much sebum that leads to extremely oily skin until it clogged pores and causes blackheads, whiteheads and other type of acne that are common to this skin type. Taking care of oily skin is already a challenge but if it involves genetics or hormones, it gets even tougher. However, practicing consistent skin care and reducing unhealthy food intake may help. .

Recommendations:

  • Gentle cleansing of the skin with a mild syndet is important. Excess oil and loose corneocytes are removed and by stabilizing the pH to 5.5, bacterial growth is inhibited.
  • A clarifying toner removes excess sebum. Swelling of the skin can also be avoided and sebum can flow better.
  • Additional care effects are achieved with an anti-inflammatory, soothing gel (e.g. aloe barbadensis, allantoin, panthenol). Also, supplementing the care with a moisturizing product is important (e.g. hyaluronic acid).
  • If you have an oily skin, you should wash your face only 2 times a day – day and night. The reason is because if you wash your face too often, then your skin will be stimulated to secrete more oil after every wash.
  • To manage oily skin, it is important that you use an oil-free moisturizer to increase hydration to your skin without adding more oil. Ifyou don’t moisturize your skin after washing, your face will be more inclined to secrete more oil after every wash.

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