Excessive oil is a problem that many of us deal with at different points in our lives. It can have any number of causes that relate to heritage, climate, and even your product choices. Excess oil is a problem for anyone though. The overproduction of oil negatively impacts the skin by increasing the rate at which your pores get clogged. Oil catches debris and dead skin cells constantly. This leads to a somewhat dulling effect on the skin if you don’t clean it regularly. People with oily skin are generally familiar with how to manage the symptoms of oily skin, but anyone experiencing it might not be. There are plenty of tips on how to deal with oily skin that can help you there. You will want to isolate the cause of the oily skin though if your skin isn’t naturally oily. That will ultimately be your best long term solution.
We all use various products to help us support our skin properly. These can have varying effects on the skin depending on the exact product that we’re using at the time. Drying effects are relatively common results from oil control products and chemical exfoliants. These need managing as they can dry out the skin readily. It may seem counter-intuitive, but dried out skin tends to overproduce oil in an attempt to try to manage the dry skin. Your skin is a fine-tuned organ that was managing your skin’s health long before human invented skincare, after all, and has a clear idea of what your skin needs to stay healthy. Unfortunately, it can overdo things. A good first step when considering why your skin has become oily is to check for any recent changes to your product choice that might have started drying out your skin more than usual.
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The weather can have more of an impact on your skin than you’d like to think. Summer is a notorious culprit for increasing how oily skin is. This is due to the combination of sweating and warm weather playing havoc with your skin. Sweat tends to pool your natural oils at the same time that the elevated temperature is telling your skin to produce more oils to maintain its defenses. Oil control is necessarily more important in summer as a result. You’ll also want to remember to wash your skin a bit more in summer. Try to do so every time you exert yourself a lot or spend much time outside. This will prevent the quicker buildup from getting out of control. Notably, you will want to consider watching your skin very carefully in both summer and winter as each of the more extreme seasons has distinct downsides in how they can potentially affect your skin.
This is one of the areas that you really can’t control for as much as you can other factors that can cause oily skin. For many people, hormonal shifts do lead to increases or decreases in the production of oil in the skin. Women who have menstrual cycles are particularly familiar with the results of this particular form of oil production thanks to acne breakouts keyed to their cycle. That isn’t the only kind of hormonal shift that can cause an increase in oil production though. Pregnancy, menopause, and other hormonal shifts can affect almost anyone and lead to an increase in oil. Women with menstrual cycles are simply the ones most likely to experience this particular outcome. Fortunately, most people who experience this kind of cyclical oil flareup generally pick up on it fairly quickly and learn how to appropriately manage the issue.
We’ve looked at only three of the most common causes for excessive oil in the skin. There are yet others that are potential reasons including the gradual changes to skin caused by age. There are too many causes to talk about them all. Finding out what is causing your excess oil production is more of a process of elimination than anything. Don’t worry though. You didn’t do anything wrong to cause the problem. Sometimes your skin just doesn’t want to cooperate.