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5 Common Causes of Oily Skin

Oily or Greasy skin is a very common problem. It can cause issues such as low self esteem and can even lead to more severe conditions like acne.

There are many things we use and do in our daily lives that can actually cause oily skin or make it worse. We have compiled a list of 5 common causes of oily skin and how to combat them:

Cosmetic Usage

Cosmetics can be great for covering oil and acne breakouts. However despite appearances, some beauty products such as foundations can actually make oily skin worse.

Liquid Foundations

These are the worst products you can use on an oily face. Applying liquid foundation prevents your skin from breathing leading to an over-production of sebum, causing oily skin and acne breakouts. To combat this, try a mousse-based foundation, or even better a powder foundation. These products are not as heavy, so as long as you remove your makeup before bed, they shouldn’t increase oil levels.

Alcohol and oil-based labels

Alcohol is a harsh chemical and products containing alcohol can have a negative effect on your skin. This can include the over-production of sebum leading to oily skin.

Oil-based products can also contribute to even oilier skin with over-use. The most commonly used beauty products containing oils are fragrances such as perfumes. If you want to avoid adding more oil to your already oily skin, these are best avoided.

Mineral Oils

Mineral oils may have been around for a long time, however they can be bad news for those with oily or greasy skin. They’re actually made from petroleum. They are a lightweight, odorless and inexpensive oil that is featured in a wide variety of beauty products such as creams, lotions, ointments, etc. The main purpose of mineral oils is actually to reduce water loss from the skin, so those with oily skin stay clear!

Environmental Factors

It’s not a surprise that living in a humid country can contribute to oily skin. However, you might also find those in a cold/dry environment also suffer due to over-compensation in their moisturising routine. The best way to combat this is to:

  • Stay on top of your face cleansing ritual.
  • Avoid harsh products.
  • Don’t forget to wash your face yet remember not to over wash it.

Genetics

Unfortunately genetics plays a big role in skin conditions. So for example if your mother suffers from oily skin, you may have inherited the same condition from her. This is all caused by an excessive amount of the hormone dihydrotestosterone that triggers the sebaceous glands to produce sebum, leading to oily skin.

Greasy Hair

If you don’t look after your hair, you’re also not looking after your skin. Your hair sits on your face all day, everyday. So if it is greasy, the dirty oils from your hair are then transferred onto your face, making your face oily.

And if you have an oily face this in turn can make your hair greasy, particularly if you have a fringe or hair that falls onto the front of your face.

Stress

Your skin can overproduce oil in times of stress. When experiencing stress symptoms, the body products cortisol and androgen. These in turn trigger sebum production, resulting in an oily face.

In principle oily and greasy skin may seem relatively easy to address. For example by changing the products you use on your face and body. However, there are often other causes that we’re not able to control so easily, such as stress and genetics. Despite this, we can try and minimize the effects by using appropriate products and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

 

This post was written by Naomi Sanderson, Digital Marketing Executive at CLD

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