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What Exactly Causes Your Oily Skin—and What Can You Do About it?

What are the primary causes of oily skin and what are the most effective strategies for treating and managing this condition? This comprehensive explanation will delve into the role of excessive sebum production, the contributing factors, and the array of treatment options available.

Why Do We Have Oily Skin?

Oily skin, a common skin condition, is primarily a result of excessive sebum production. Sebum, a natural oil produced by your skin's sebaceous glands, is crucial for maintaining skin hydration and health. However, when these glands overproduce, it manifests as oily skin. Several factors contribute to this overproduction.

  • Genetics and age play a significant role. If one or both of your parents have oily skin, you're predisposed to having overactive sebaceous glands. As you age, your skin naturally produces less sebum.

  • Environmental factors and seasonal changes also affect sebum production. For instance, hot, humid climates or the summer season can stimulate oilier skin. Similarly, enlarged pores – which can occur due to aging, weight fluctuations, and past breakouts – tend to produce more oil.

  • The use of inappropriate skincare products can exacerbate oily skin. Heavy creams intended for dry skin can overwhelm combination or oily skin. Over-washing or over-exfoliating can strip the skin of its natural oils, triggering the sebaceous glands to produce more oil to compensate for the loss.

  • Lack of proper moisturization can also lead to increased sebum production. This is a huge one! So many people think that if they have oily skin, they should skip out on moisturizer. Wrong! When our skin is lacking moisture and hydration it goes into overdrive and produces more oil to make up for what it is lacking in moisture. The key is to find the proper moisturizer that works best with oily skin and using that consistently. If you're using acne treatments like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which can be drying, it's crucial to use a good moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out and producing more oil.

Treatment and Management of Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you know all too well the struggles of dealing with shine, breakouts, and clogged pores. You've likely tried to use ineffective harsh treatments to try and control oil. Fortunately, there are ways you can effectively treat and manage your oily skin.

  • Regular face washing, twice a day, is essential to remove surplus oil. However, it's vital to avoid excessive washing or exfoliation.

  • Cosmetic procedures:

  1. Botox and Jeuveau is an injectable solution used to reduce wrinkles by freezing the muscles. While primarily used for wrinkle reduction, it can also affect the sebaceous glands, potentially reducing oil production.

  2. SkinPen Microneedling promotes collagen production and clears up your skin. This treatment can help manage oily skin by promoting the production of collagen, which reduces the appearance of large pores.

  • SkinBetter products:

  1. Detoxifying Scrub Mask: The clay minerals absorb unwanted oil and remove toxins and other impurities, making it an excellent product for managing oily skin.

  2. Hydration Boosting Cream: Uses a unique combination of ceramides and botanical lipids to hydrate the skin.

  3. Oxygen Infusion Wash: This multi-tasking cleanser uses slow-releasing alpha hydroxy acids and an infusion of oxygen to purify and refresh the skin.

  • DMK products:

  1. Milky Cleanser Ultra: Gentle cleanser that won't strip the skin of their natural oils

  2. Betagel: Powerful immune-boosting serum designed to address all skin conditions. The formulation contains beta-glucan to enhance the skin's ability to reduce redness and inflammation, repair damaged cells and stimulate growth factors.

  3. Herb and Mineral Mist: signature blend of herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements, Herb & Mineral Mist aids in the transepidermal delivery of DMK oils and crèmes. More than just a mist, the cold water-soaked herbs and minerals increase hydration and free water levels to give all the nutrients your skin needs. Herb & Mineral Mist is suitable for all skin types.

  4. Acumist: Restores the acid mantle (which acts as a barrier against bacteria), Acu Mist hydrates the skin and protects against transepidermal water loss, whilst also helping to prevent acne-causing bacteria from entering the pores.

  5. Deep Pore Cleanser Ultra: Purifies the skin without drying, removes makeup, instantly brightens, removes debris and loosens sebum

It's clear that the effective management of oily skin comes from understanding the underlying factors that cause oily skin. By acknowledging the factors that lead to excessive sebum production and employing a blend of daily skincare routines, specific treatments, and beneficial cosmetic procedures and products, individuals with oily skin can effectively control their condition and enhance their overall skin health. Visit us and find out how we can help you with your oily skin.

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