Our skin has many sebaceous glands which produce sebum, they are found all over your body except for palms of hands and soles of feet. Different parts of your body have different amounts of sebaceous glands eg. your face has a lot more than your body.
The secretion of sebum is a natural and important way of keeping our skin moisturised and healthy. An excessive amount of sebum can lead to an oily skin, enlarged pores and acne.
Some of the main causes of oily skin are: genetics, hormones, medications, humidity and incorrect use of cosmetics. Oily skin can sometimes be a challenge to get under control topically especially when its controlled by hormones.
A diligent skin care routine is essential in balancing an oily skin
Your skin requires the correct amount of oil flow in able to protect itself. Having too much oil can lead to acne and having to little oil will give you a dry skin !!
Cleansing twice a day (not more and not less) is an effective way to manage oily skin. A gentle cleanser with active ingredients such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid will help reduce the excess oil and clean deeper into the pores
Exfoliating the skin once or twice a week will help loosen dead skin cells and remove excess sebum in your pores.
Moisturising and sun protection
It is important to keep the skin hydrated even with a oily skin type. Using a oil free light non-comedogenic moisturiser and oil free sunscreen is most beneficial.
Stripping too much oil from your skin can lead to your skin trying to protect itself and then creating more oil
Its best to avoid:
- Harsh products,
- Alcohols and Astringents
- Over cleansing
- Heavy cosmetics
- Oil and dead skin cells transfer onto your pillow case when your sleeping, change your pillow case every 2-3 days.
- Always remove make up before bed
- Salicylic peels are a great skin treatment for an oily, congested skin