What causes oily skin
Environment - how the weather affects oily skin
Oily skin & genetics
Just as your eye and hair colour is passed on from your parents, they're also usually to thank/blame for your skin type. Indeed, your genetic makeup likely plays a part in whether you're more or less prone to large sebaceous glands and oily skin.
Even if you're genetically predisposed there are ways to try and control oily skin, develop a skin care routine for oily skin by gently exfoliating (a few times a week). Also, make sure to wear sun cream - sun overexposure can lead to damaged skin the results of which can mean skin goes in overdrive leaving you with oily skin.
Read on for more causes and skin care tips to stop that sheen.
The OTHER causes of Oily Skin
Hormones & medicine
- There are some medicines that can increase oil production and cause oily skin. On the flip side, coming off some of these medications can cause your skin to change as your hormones balance settles. Similarly, certain steroids have been noted to cause oily skin. Other medications may cause dehydration as a side effect - which could result in excess sebum. Make sure to check with your doctor on the possible side effects of medication.
- Hormones can fluctuate especially in your teenage years (read our teenage skin guide). This can often stimulate oil. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause are phases of life associated with oily skin as are times of extreme stress or illness.
In an effort to get rid of your oily skin you might think washing your face repeatedly can control your oily t-zone (or whole face). However, over washing can be a common cause for out of control oily skin. It may feel intuitive to scrub your face whenever you see it shining but it's really easy to be overzealous with your favourite skin products.
Scrubbing your skin too hard and too often with certain materials, tools or harsh exfoliators strip the skin of moisture and cause your glands to overproduce oil. A gentle exfoliating scrubs a few times a week works wonders for oily skin care, following up with a moisturiser to lock in the moisture and keep the skin at bay works wonders. After all, regardless of your skin type, your skin is a delicate organ which should be treated with care.