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Oily Skin: Friend or Foe?


If you experience acne breakouts or your face always looks shiny a few hours after washing it, you know that your skin is oily or extremely oily. People with oily skin need to look after their skin more as they are prone to getting acne and pimples.

While oily skin can be a bit more challenging than normal or dry skin, it can be easy to get under control if you take the time to understand and love your skin.

What causes my oily skin?

To know how to control oily skin, you need to understand what causes it in the first place. There are two major causes: genetics and hormones.

Many people develop oily skin when they hit puberty. Your skin has glands that produce sebum which keeps your skin moisturized, smooth and supple. However, overproduction of sebum causes the oil to clog the pores.

With other debris such as dirt, dead skin cells and free radicals, these pores can then turn into pimples, blackheads and acne. During puberty, the changes in the body can contribute to this factor. However, you could also just be predisposed to having oily skin.

How can I get my oily skin under control?

Controlling oily skin depends on two factors: your diet and your skincare routine. When considering changing your diet you should focus on skipping some foods that trigger oiliness and also make breakouts more frequent. A healthier alternative is to substitute those foods for organic or vegan options. For example, if dairy items cause your breakouts, switch to non-dairy alternatives like soy and almond.

Most people, however, opt to change their skincare routine. Not only do you need to keep your skin cleaner, you also need to use products that help control the production of sebum. Organic skincare products are the best options for oily skin as they don’t contain any chemicals that can irritate your skin and cause breakouts.

It’s Not All Bad

The good part is that having oily skin gives you an advantage over those with dry skin. For starters, you are less likely to develop wrinkles and fine lines over the years. This is because your skin has a lot of moisture. Sebum keeps skin looking young, soft and supple, so you won’t show signs of aging as quickly.

Another fun fact is that your oily skin gives you a more a natural glow. People might even stop you to ask what highlighter you’re using. You might feel a little embarrassed, but at least you’ll know that you’re getting the best natural glow possible.

Another great aspect is that you don’t have to invest in heavy-duty foundation or moisturizers. Your skin stays hydrated and radiant with the least amount of effort. Lightweight foundations and organic makeup are going to be your best friends.

With so many positive factors, it is hard to think that your oily skin is anything but a blessing in disguise.

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