Women who have had oily skin all their lives have a special connection with one another. We've all battled a shiny T-zone in ways that folks with dry skin will never understand. We've all run to the bathroom every half hour during a social event to blot our greasy nose. We've all had cruel family members crack jokes about how they could fry an egg on our forehead.
I've had oily skin for as long as I can remember, but I never bothered until recently to inquire as to why I possess this particularly annoying characteristic. This is pretty common for us women who have moved mostly past the acne phase of our lives — we know that oily skin is linked to our genetics; the overproduction of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) gets passed down from someone, and there's nothing we can do about it. Other than that, we just take our oily skin for what it is.
However, there might be some things you're unknowingly doing to yourself that are causing your skin to be shinier than it needs to be. After all, when it comes to skincare, everything matters, from what we eat to what we moisturize with. That's also the good news, though — it puts you in control of your own greasy fate.
Here are seven things your oily skin is trying to tell you.
1. You're More Stressed Than Usual
So, you're anxious about a new project at work, or you're going through a big fight with your SO. That kind of pressure causes your body to produce extra amounts of the stress hormone called cortisol, and one of the most common side effects of extra cortisol coursing through your system is a whole lot of oil on your face.
You'll likely see some acne too, as the excess oil clogs the hair follicles and produces zits and pimples. A 2007 Singapore study of high school students found that the kids going through high-stress exam period had way more acne than the ones on summer break. Not surprising.
Dr. Flor A. Mayoral, dermatologist and clinical instructor at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, told Science Daily that "stress can aggravate the skin," and even those who have never complained about oily skin see an increased production of oil.
2. You're Not Using The Right Kind Of Face Wash
3. You're Washing Your Face Too Often
The ingredients in your face wash, especially the chemicals and drying agents, are stripping your skin of its natural oils, which makes you produce even more than you would normally need. Wash in the morning and at night, and resist the urge to add anymore cleanses to your daily routine.
4. You're Consuming Too Much Dairy
5. Your Makeup Is Clogging Your Pores
You may not have been cautious enough with that foundation purchase. When you use cosmetics, like BB creams, moisturizers, and even serums, that are too heavy for your skin type, it locks in all your natural oils. This causes your skin to go into emergency mode and produce an excess of oil, resulting in a stubborn glisten along your T-zone, and potentially making you break out.
6. You Aren't Using The Right Kind Of Moisturizer
First of all, know that you have to use a moisturizer, no matter how stubborn and oily your skin may seem. If you don't hydrate, your skin will think it's not doing its job, and that greasy forehead won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
There are a couple things you can try out. A light, oil-free moisturizer could do the trick, rather than purchasing a thick cream to slather on. Humectants like glycerin encourage water to come to the surface of your skin, resulting in less oil getting trapped. When you pick up your gel-like face wash, consider the gel or liquid moisturizers in the same section.
Additionally, there is the opposite end of the spectrum, which works really well for some people, including myself. Something like organic, raw, cold-pressed coconut oil can loosen the sebum stuck in your pores and reduce the overall level of grease. Natural oil like this tricks your skin into thinking it's producing plenty of oil, so why would it need to give you anymore?
7. You're Drinking Too Much Alcohol
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