Skin is the largest organ on our bodies. That being said, it behaved differently on each person. Ever wondered why is my skin oily? Here is your answer.
Why is My Skin Oily?
The good and bad news is that it isn’t from a lack of cleansing. Some people just have oilier skin than other people. Oil is produced by sebaceous glands which live under the surface of the skin. These sebaceous glands actually produce a substance called sebum. Sebum is made up of fats and dead sebaceous gland cells.
As disgusting as this might sound, sebum actually is very important to our skin and hair. Without sebum, our hair will look dull and will break easily. Hair that is lacking in sebum is often described as dry. Skin that has a lack of sebum is also dry and can become easily irritated. It also is not able to aid the body in preventing dehydration, which can lead the entire body to become dehydrated.
When too much sebum is produced, the skin has an oily, greasy feel. It can cause skin to look shiny and feel slick to the touch. Oily hair can look unwashed and dirty, even if it was washed recently. Unfortunately, sometimes sebaceous glands just produce too much sebum. When this happens, it sets off a chain reaction with several unpleasant results. First, the surface of the skin gets oily. This oil blocks up the pores of the skin. Bacteria that exist on the skin receive nourishment from this sebum. The combination of the two lead to acne breakouts. People who have oily skin often have acne on their body, as well as their face. Not only is oily skin uncomfortable, but it can lead to embarrassment as well.
There are many products that can treat oily skin. It is important, however, that when you treat oily skin you leave some of the oil behind. Over-drying the skin can cause just as many problems as having too much oil. Proper skin care will strike a balance between eliminating too much oil and leaving too much oil on the skin.
Unfortunately, your genetics are typically to blame for oily skin so there is not much you can do to stop oily skin from occurring. Women might find their skin becomes oily during their menstruation and also during pregnancy. Although you might not be able to eliminate oily skin, you can find a skin care regimen that works to keep your skin looking clean and healthy. There are many products that work not only on the face, but all over the body, to help prevent breakouts on places like the shoulders and chest as well. Remember to take your battle against oily skin slowly, to make sure that you don’t dry out your skin or cause sensitivity. With a little bit of trial and error, you should be able to find products that reduce shine, eliminate oil, and help to give your skin a healthy glow.