Causes of Oily Skin

Young lady with blotting paper stuck to her foreheadOily skin, a condition also known as seborrhoea, is normally caused by the formation of excessive sebum (skin oil). This increased formation is caused by a male hormone known as androgen which is present in both males and females. The hormone becomes increasingly active during puberty and leads to increased androgen levels in the body. This results in oily skin that ultimately leads to your oily looks. Your oily skin should subside with time as you enter adulthood. However, in some cases, oily skin remains to be a problem even in adulthood. It can also be a seasonal issue in some cases. Those of you suffering from oily skin should be happy to know that having oily skin allows you to look younger because it makes the skin age more slowly. On the other hand, people with oily skin are known to be more susceptible to acne. Here are some of the most common causes of oily skin.

Hormonal Fluctuations
Hormonal fluctuations are considered to be one of the greatest reasons behind oily skin. Most women experience oily skin just around the time they begin menopause. During this time, the testosterone levels take over as the progesterone and estrogen levels drop and the increased testosterone leads to the production of more oil. Another reason behind oily skin could be hormonal disorders such as acromegaly. Some of the main issues (apart from menstrual cycles) that could trigger hormonal changes include changes in the emotional state and stress.

Excessive or Wrong Usage of Cosmetics
Makeup is considered to be an excellent way of hiding defects such as breakouts and acne. However, what goes on should always come off your face as well. You must ensure that you choose oil free and non comedogenic solutions when it comes to cosmetics. Furthermore, don’t forget to choose a good quality toner to help you remove the gunk and the leftover makeup.

Seasonal Changes
Rise in humidity levels and the hotter temperature that is prevalent during the spring and summer months can result in an increase of the oil production levels in your skin. On the other hand, the oil production level is known to reduce during the winters, thereby leaving your skin dry and dehydrated. If you suffer from oily skin, you really need to stay on top of your cleansing schedules and rituals. Remember, a proper cleansing process can help you remove the excess makeup and oils as well as the impurities.

Having hormone replacement medications and hormonal birth control pills can also lead to an increase in oil production. Moreover, any sort of medication can lead to severe dehydration. This ultimately results in the excessive production of oil as the skin begins to compensate for the presumed lack of oil.

Stressful Lifestyle
Stress is considered to be another major factor that leads to increased production of oil and oily skin. The body responds to increased stress levels by producing more androgen, which in turn leads to the excessive production of oil, thereby giving you an oily look.

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