Updated: Sep 13, 2021
Hello everyone, in my previous post I mentioned caring for mature skin types. In this blog I will focus on oily skin.
Oily skin may bring many different problems but are mostly subjective and specific to the person. One such problem may be a lack of confidence in the company of others because the skin may be shiny, unsightly, prone to infections, or have acne. At times this can be uncomfortable when the person you are talking to focuses on oily skin parts rather than the eyes.
There are many reasons why you may have oily skin. Here are a few possible causes:
Genetics – If your mother or father has oily skin there is a high chance that you will also have oily skin. Please be kind to your parents 😊
Hormones – When we enter puberty, strong and unbalanced hormones will make your skin oily through the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous is a small oil producing gland under our skin and usually attached to hair follicles. It releases a fatty substance, named sebum, into the follicular duct and eventually to the skin surface. When the path to the skin surface is blocked, this is where acne is formed. (https://www.britannica.com/science/sebaceous-gland)
Weather – hot and humid places will activate the sebaceous glands in the skin than in places with cold and temperate climates. For most of Canada, weather half the year helps our skin handle oily skin but the other half of the year is the opposite.
Stress – Being tired or stressed will also activate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. Our bodies naturally work harder in many ways when tired or stressed. One of those ways include the increase in sebaceous activity and in turn pushes the more oil to our skin surface.
So what are some ways to improve?
The most important thing is to always keep your skin clean, clear, remove makeup (if used), and anything else that doesn’t naturally belong. Clear the pathway for that oil to pass through!
Use natural ingredients for face masks such as clay, mineral mud, egg whites, or lemon juice. These natural ingredients will help remove excess sebum on the skin.
Balance your diet with healthy and wholesome foods. The Canada Food Guide shows a great balance to follow and practice. Limit spicy, hot, or greasy foods, and alcohol. Increasing our intake of vegetable-based juices are extremely effective for oily skin.
Control and reduce stress. Take a bath, escape in a book, binge watch a fun series, or exercise. Choose your own destressor, but do something to reduce stress, oily skin or not.
I hope sharing this blog helps you to overcome any oily skin problems but it’s a trial and error process as everyone’s body composition differs from one to the next. Its part of what makes us unique and beautiful in our own way. But no matter what problem you have with your skin, remember to believe that you are always amazing, know you are loved, share your love, and be confident with yourself!