Oily Skin

Written by Serena Berger
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Oily skin is a persistent problem which leads to many effects people want to treat with their cosmetic products. From shine to pimples, blackheads and acne, excess oil is the root of many common complexion problems. In order to treat the negative effects of oily skin, you need to understand their cause.

The root of oily skin is hormonal. Your hormones control the amount of oil (mostly in a form called sebum) that your skin produces. You want to produce a fair amount of sebum in order to protect your skin from dryness, flaking, and any number of minor irritants.

Complexion Problems Associated with Oily Skin

Past a certain point, however, sebum begins to cause blemishes and blackheads. If you produce more sebum than your skin needs, it has nowhere to go and gets stuck in your pores. Then, when you use make-up, or even a seemingly benign product like bar soap, the material from that can get stuck in the sebum which is already clogged in your pores. Blackheads are formed when an oxidation reaction takes place between this material and the air, turning it black.

In addition to blackheads and pimples, oily skin tends to be shiny and even appear greasy, which most people find unattractive. In some cases, you might consider going to a doctor to treat the problem at the hormonal level; you may be able to take pills that lower the levels of the hormones that cause out-of-control oil. In other cases, a careful regimen of gentle cleansing and products designed to dry oil or inhibit production will take care of many of the unpleasant effects of excess sebum.

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