Could You Be Causing Your Skin To Be Oily?

skin-care-public-4Skin care professionals have been witnessing an epidemic lately–an epidemic of oily skin. Clients are experiencing breakthrough shine, excess oil and a midday spike of oily skin in increasing numbers. And it’s not just those with true oily skin types. You may be indirectly causing their own surge in oil production! 

So what’s the cause for this upswing in oil production? Let’s take a closer look at some of the oily skin causes.

1. Genetics. When oily skin runs in the family, chances are that every member will have larger sebaceous glands that produce excess oil. Any skin that’s genetically oily is more likely to include clogged pores and breakouts.

2. Overuse use of skin care products. In the quest for younger-looking, smoother, clearer skin, people may over-cleanse, over-exfoliate or apply too much pressure when washing their face.

3. Seasonal changes. A rise in heat and humidity during spring and summer can cause skin’s oil production levels to increase. In contrast, when the air becomes dry in winter, skin can get dehydrated, and excess oil may occur when it overcompensates for what’s missing.

4. Medications. Hormonal birth control and hormone replacement medications can cause an increase of oil production. Likewise, virtually any medication can cause dehydration and lead to a production of excess oil when skin overcompensates for the lack of oil. Yes, another reason to drink lots of water.

5. Use of incorrect products. For example, if a client uses a cleanser for oily skin when she has combination skin, her skin will become over-stripped of the oil it needs. It will then produce even more oil in response to this. Be sure to use the proper cleanser for your skin type.

6. Hormonal changes. In women, fluctuations of hormone androgens throughout life (i.e., pregnancy, and pre-menopause) can kick sebaceous glands into high gear.

7. Stress. In response to stress, the body produces more androgen hormones, which leads to more oil production. Try to control stress as best as you can.

8. Use of unnecessary skin care tools. Scrubbing with a wash cloth, or using a rotating cleansing brush, hand mitts, buff puffs and strips can not only irritate skin, but can dry out skin, causing it to overproduce oil to compensate and irritate skin.

9. Sun tanning. Tanning is BAD for reducing oil. In fact, although it may temporarily dry out the skin, it actually triggers an injury response, which causes the sebaceous glands to surge production of oil in order to protect the skin’s surface.

The oil-blotting paper myth

For years, consumers have been relying on sheets of paper to “blot” away excess oil and breakthrough shine. The truth is, blotting papers may do more harm than good. Throughout the day, skin is bombarded with oil, makeup, dust, pollution, dirt and free radicals. Pressing a piece of paper to absorb oil might remove some shine, but it’s pressing all that invisible dirt and unseen oil back down deep into pores, smothering it and giving P. acnes bacteria the kind of oxygen-free environment it loves. This causes inflammation, breakouts and clogged pores!

Be sure your skin care regimen includes cleansing your skin twice daily. Never go to sleep without washing your face for the night. Be sure to change your pillow case often. Your skin lies against the pillow case that has oil from your scalp, hair products and dust. This can also trigger extra oil.


About The Author

Sandy Alcide’s articles have been featured in notable magazines and websites. Sandy is the founder of Motion Medica skin care and the President of the American Athletic Skin Care Association, raising awareness for the rise of melanoma among outdoor athletes. She can be reached at

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