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Amazingly, we all have oil in our skin. Underneath each of our pores is a sebaceous gland that produces a natural oil called sebum. These glands are found on our face and scalp. Sebum is important as it keeps our skin hydrated and healthy, but for some of us, the sebaceous glands can produce too much oil, leaving us with the shiny, greasy appearance of oily skin.

Oily skin can block pores and even cause acne breakouts for some of us.

Reasons Why Skin Is Oily

Researchers believe that there are many reasons why our skin may release excess sebum:

  1. Stress – activation of cortisol (the stress hormone), builds up oil production in women who are prone to acne.
  2. Hormones – during puberty we all produce more of the testosterone hormone which enters the sebaceous glands and increases the oil levels of the skin. If you are premenopausal your skin will produce more oil during ovulation. If you suffer from a chronic condition affecting your hormone levels, you will likely see a change in oil production on your skin.
  3. Weather – sebum production increases during the warmer months of spring and summer.
  4. Diet – Processed foods and cooking with oil are two things that people with oily skin are often recommended to remove from their diet. Processed carbohydrates found in white bread, breakfast cereals and white rice is another type of food to avoid. Focusing more on fresh fruit and vegetables can help to clear up and improve it.
  5. Genetics – genetic factors are believed to be linked to whether we are more likely to suffer from oily skin or not. If one of your parents has oily skin, you are more likely to have overactive sebaceous glands.
  6. Age – as we age we naturally produce less sebum. A benefit of oily skin is that you may not show signs of ageing as quickly as those with drier skin, who may show fine lines and wrinkles sooner. 
  7. Enlarged pores – sometimes our pores can stretch due to our age, previous breakouts and weight fluctuations. Larger pores tend to produce more oil.

How Can I Treat Oily Skin?

Looking after your skin effectively can help decrease the amount of oil your skin produces.

An easy way of managing oily skin is to ensure that you are washing your face twice a day. Using a gentle cleanser, such as Crysallis PURITY Glycolic & Salicylic Acid Cleanser carefully removes the build up of excess oil. This cleanser contains natural clinically proven AHAs, glycolic and citric acid and salicylic acid, specifically for this skin condition.

Moisturise Effectively

Moisturising effectively might seem counterintuitive if you suffer with oily skin, but it is an important way to manage the condition. If your skin becomes too dry, it stimulates the body to produce more oil to moisturise it. Look at products such as Alumier HydraClarite Moisturiser, which work to maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance.

Woman with hand to face showing her oily skin

SPF

Ensuring you are wearing the right level of SPF is important in managing oily skin. Not wearing SPF would cause the skin to produce excess sebum. Products such as Mesoestetic Mineral Matt and Crysallis PROTECT SPF50 are perfectly designed for oily skin.

Facial Treatments

At Crysallis Skin, we offer targeted Facial Treatments where we specialise in advanced treatments for acne prone and oily skin. Using Alumier, Cellcosmet, Mesoesthetics and Medik8 products we develop a programme that you can use at home as well as experience at the clinic. Our facials begin with an in-depth clinical analysis of your skin to determine exactly what is going on beneath the surface. This helps to ensure the products and treatments we use with you will be the most beneficial for your skin. We will focus on the right ingredients for you, creating a bespoke solution to transform the health of your skin.

So if you are keen to start your journey to healthier, less oily skin, then contact us today.