Oily Skin

Oily skin is often a serious cosmetic problem: the complexion appears pale and uneven, the horny layer of the epidermis is thickened, the skin’s noticeably greasy shine causes emotional stress, and the larger pores make the skin look coarse. 

 

The excessive production of sebum is also largely responsible for inflammation, pimples and blackheads. Contrary to popular notion, oily skin is thus less resistant. As most of the face’s 20,000 sebaceous glands are situated on the forehead, chin and nose (the socalled T-zone), people with combination-type skin are particularly affected.

 

It is an undisputed fact that hormonal factors are the main cause of oily skin. Too much oil can indicate a low oestrogen level in women (or high testosterone in men), due to menopause, monthly periods, and adolescence. Sun, stress, sweat and smog, however, are additional factors 

that adversely affect the skin and promote its oiliness. Oily skin is even more noticeable during the summer months and in tropical climates because of increased sweating. 

 

Moreover, dirt particles in urban areas accumulate on the skin, mix with sweat and sebum, and finally block up the pores. This in turn leads to irritation and to hormone-induced excess sebum production.

 

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