We’ve all had those days when we forgot to wash our face and our skin went all oily for the day. Or perhaps those days turned into weeks or months when you were in, say, a humid environment that your face wasn’t used to. As those days turn into weeks or months or years, surely you’re wondering what’s causing your oily skin and how you can improve it. Our blog today will discuss various causes of oily skin and give you some tips for eliminating it. As always, iderma’s® light-therapy device will help you in your skincare journey to smooth and supple skin. Read on to learn how our youth restoring masque and other techniques can help you improve your oily skin.
What causes oily skin?
There are plenty of reasons for someone’s skin to be overproducing oil, and those reasons can vary from person to person, be combined with other reasons, or perhaps not even be on this list. However, this is a good place to see what could possibly be contributing to your oily skin so that you can adjust your routine somehow and try to lessen or eliminate the excess oil. Remember, oil itself isn’t bad; it’s what keeps your skin soft and you need it for healthy skin. It’s simply that sometimes we overproduce it — here’s what could be a cause if your face is very oily.
Environment. Your body is more likely to secrete the sebum in humidity and hot weather. However, this means that in dry or cold weather your body might go into overdrive to try to make up for the dryness on your skin. So what weather causes it could depend on the person, but the environment has an impact regardless.
Overwashing. Washing too often or too harshly can leave your skin stripped of all of its natural oils and some angry glands trying to help you out and create more. In contrast to the dry, clean skin, it can seem like even more oil than normal is on your face! Use a gentle cleanser and don’t scrub too hard with washcloths or other coarse exfoliators.
Cosmetics. There’s that little spot on your tube of foundation that says it’s for oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin. If you didn’t notice it before, then you should definitely look for it now. Always use skincare and cosmetics products that match your skin type. If you have oily skin, you’d probably want one that’s oil free or non-comedogenic; choosing skincare products that aren’t specifically for oily skin could have negative effects.
Poor diet. Yes, we all want those sugary, fatty foods sometimes; but here’s yet another reason to not eat them daily: eating lots of sugar, dairy, or refined carbs can potentially lead to an excess of sebum production, and, therefore, that shiny greasy face you don’t want.
Medication. This depends greatly on what medications you’re taking; oral contraceptives and hormone replacement medications can both cause increased oil on your face. Often, medications can also cause dehydration, which can also lead to excess oil. Talk with your doctor if you’re taking medications that you feel could lead or are leading to this side effect.
Hormonal changes. You’re most likely to see increases in oily skin during puberty, just before menstruation, during pregnancy, and during menopause. Stress can also be a cause of hormonal changes, which can cause excess oil.
Genetics. As terrible as it is, oily skin is often caused by someone’s genetics. So if one of your parents has oily skin, then it’s likely you will, too. It’s caused by an excess of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which triggers sebaceous glands to produce sebum (the oil).
How can I stop my oily skin?
Eat healthily. Like we said earlier, eating poorly can have adverse effects on your oil production. Choose foods like these to help your skin out. Try to incorporate more foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. P.S.: chocolate can be good for your skin in small doses, so you don’t have to take all the junk food away. Just be careful how much you consume and what the cacao content is.
Exercise regularly. If stress is perhaps what’s causing the changes on your skin, then exercise could be a good solution. Regular exercise can help your skin be smooth and healthy in addition to reducing your stress. Make sure to always shower after you work out and wash away your sweat and oils (with a gentle cleanser).
Lessen your makeup use. Foundation can get into your pores and block them even more, which leads to an even greater excess of oil. Try laying off in the summer (or year-round if you can) or maybe switching to a tinted moisturizer instead. When you have to or want to wear makeup, make sure that your products are oil free.
Go natural. If you’re still having a hard time after using professional products, why not try and go natural for a little while? Honey, clays, almonds, or even egg whites with lemon juice, and much more, are said to help eliminate oily skin — why not give it a try?
Use iderma’s® light-therapy device. Our LED light for skin will help clear your oily skin, your acne, and even your growing wrinkles. Use this LED light treatment, in conjunction with these other methods, to help clear your skin and get it looking and feeling how you want.
Wait, how’s this light thing work?
Simply place the youth restoring masque on your face every other day for eight minutes each. Lay on the couch and relax! The iderma® light-therapy device will take care of the rest. The red and infrared LED lights’ wavelengths will penetrate deep into the layers of your skin to stimulate cell growth and collagen production. All of this will help to clear up your excess oil and give it that soft, dewy look and feel that you're craving. Go ahead and buy one today! You can follow the other tips we’ve given you in the meantime, but LED light skin care is the way to go to take care of your oily skin.
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