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Oily Skin Care
What Is Oily skin?
People with oily skin are usually well aware of their skin type. Oily skin tends to be shiny, thick, and it is prone to black heads and acne. Oily skin contains an excessive amount of sebum, or the oils produced by the body to lubricate the skin. Oily skin also tends to attract more dirt and dust than dry skin.
The oil in the skin is produced by special oil glands known as sebaceous glands. These glands are bigger and more concentrated on the neck, chest, and back areas. On the face, sebaceous glands are most active in the region of the nose, causing trouble spots even for people with normal or dry skin types.
Who Gets Oily Skin?
Oily skin is most common in the teenage years, because of the hormonal shifts of adolescence. But it can affect people of any race, gender, or age. Typically, the older a person is, the drier their skin becomes, as the production of sebum decreases with age. During pregnancy and menopause, hormonal imbalances can also upset the oil balance and increase the activity of sebaceous glands. Many people have "combination skin," or skin that is only oily in certain areas and dry in others.
What Causes Oily Skin?
Oily skin can be caused by a number of factors. Genetics plays a role in the development of oily skin, as some people have glands that over produce sebum and cause skin to appear greasy or oily. The production of oils is also affected by hormones. In the pubescent years, the body experiences a surge in the level of sex hormones, known as androgens. These androgens then stimulate the production of oil, causing the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. Other factors that may influence the production of oil include diet, pregnancy, medications, and environmental factors.
Caring for Oily Skin
Oily skin requires special care for cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting. If your skin type is oily, here are a few tips to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh and healthy throughout the day.
Cleansing: Oily skin benefits from organic soap and water, so washing with a natural cleansing bar is an ideal way of caring for it. However, steer clear of harsh or abrasive soaps. These soaps will not clean your skin any better than a gentler cleanser would. They often aggravate the oil glands, stimulating the production of even more sebum. Use warm water to loosen the dirt on your skin. Next, gently massage a cleanser made especially for oily skin into your skin and rinse with luke warm water. Use a toner like "Aquaspirit" to provide extra cleansing and moisturizing. Very oily skin does not need an additional moisturizing product.
Moisturizing: If you skin is only mildly oily, you may still wish to use a light moisturizing product to lock in moisture and keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. For best results, choose a moisturizing product that is made specifically for oil skin. I recommend the product "Parfait Visage".
Protection: Even though your skin is not as sensitive as dry skin types, you must still take precautions to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Use a light sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to prevent daily sun damage.
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