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Sebaceous glands are
present throughout the skin on our body with the exception of our palms and the
bottoms of our feet. These glands produce skin oil known as sebum which
keeps our skin, soft, protected, and elastic. Without sebum, our skin would
look like alligator skin...scaly and overly dry. But sometimes these glands
produce too much skin oil and our skin becomes too oily. Our face, and
sometimes our body, shines in all the wrong places leading to melting make-up
and an unhealthy appearance. But very often, too much oil also leads to dreaded
breakouts and unsightly pimples.
Indeed oily skin is
known to be a precursor to acne and even though some individuals with dry skin
also get acne, the majority of acne sufferers have oily skin. So, if you
want to prevent an acne breakout and get rid of your oily complexion, you need
to control the excess oil being produced by your sebaceous glands. But,
how? Read on.
1. Genetics. When oily
skin runs in the family, chances are that every member will have sebaceous
glands that produce excess oil. Any skin that's genetically oily is more likely
to lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
2. Over use of skin care products. We
all want to look young forever. In the quest for the "fountain of
youth," people often over cleanse, over exfoliate, over scrub and use too
many oil based products. All of the above will only increase the symptoms of
3. Using the wrong products.
Have you read your product labels recently? Using oil-based products will
only add to the problem. Instead, choose non-comedogenic products, which
are designed to not clog pores.
4. Seasonal changes. A
rise in heat and humidity during spring and summer can cause skin's oil
production levels to increase. In contrast, when the air becomes dry in the
winter, skin can get dehydrated, and excess oil may occur when it
overcompensates for what's missing.
5. Medications. Hormonal
birth control and hormone replacement medications can cause an increase of
sebum production. In addition, many medications can cause dehydration and
lead to a production of excess oil when skin overcompensates for the lack of
6. Hormonal changes. In
women, fluctuations of hormones (androgens) throughout life (i.e., pregnancy,
peri- and pre-menopause) can kick sebaceous glands into high gear. In addition,
pregnancy and stopping or starting oral contraceptives also changes hormonal
status quo and may lead to excess oil production by the skin glands.
7. Stress. In
response to stress, the body produces more androgen hormones, which may over
stimulate the sebaceous glands and lead to more skin oil production.
8. Sun tanning. Tanning
is BAD for reducing oil. In fact, this is one of the most prevailing myths that
sun helps to fight oily skin. Although sun exposure may temporarily dry out the
skin, it actually triggers an injury response (inflammation), which causes the
sebaceous glands to surge production of oil in order to protect the skin's
surface. So, in addition to premature wrinkles and the possibility of skin
cancer, you may also get more oily skin.
When in the sun, chose oil-free sunscreens.
Traditional sunscreens tend to be quite thick and may block pores. Sunscreen
gels may be better for oily skin. Some of the newest products, including
facial powders, and very light mousses or thin lotions, offer good protection
against sun damage without clogging the pores.
The most effective way
to manage oily skin is to cleanse your face both morning and night using a
mild, non-alcohol or non-salicylic acid based cleanser. Harsh soaps and
cleansers can trigger the skin to increase oil production. The same applies to
a facial brush or buff. Use mild, non-comedogenic facial care products.
Watch for products containing glycolic acid, or beta-hydroxy acid that may in
small doses help to cut oil but may also irritate the skin. Use warm water, not
hot, because temperature extremes can irritate skin and over stimulate the
If you really like
using toners, stay with moisturizing, not drying products. Please beware of
harsh toners - upon application, stinging on the face is NOT a good sign.
If you insist on using astringents, apply them only on oily areas of the skin,
such as the forehead, nose, and chin. Avoid using them on areas that tend to be
dry, or you're likely to create dry patches on your skin.
One of the most
prevailing myths about the skin is the belief that each person has a specific
type of skin, whether that is dry, oily or combination. The reality is that
most people have combination skin (oily in some places, dry in others) and your
skincare must recognize this duality.
Applying masks and clays to the
skin helps draw out oils and cleanses pores, but there is also concern for over drying. Limit masks
and clays, and don't do one of each more than once per week. If you
notice continual oil or dryness, you may want to consider limiting
People with oily skin
often think that moisturizers are not for them since they believe their skin
will look even shinier after applying a moisturizer. This is not true.
Oily skin needs to be moisturized to stay healthy and look its best. Choose an
oil-free moisturizer. Water base products will serve you the best.
Applying the moisturizer after each cleansing should become a routine.
Now you're on your way
to cleaning your skin the proper way, and you may be thinking, Wow, this is great, all I have to do
is follow this skincare regimen and my oily skin will be gone! Right?
WRONG! The only real way to control oily skin is to return your sebaceous
glands to their "normal" state and to stop the over production of sebum.
This is what AcnEase users get to
enjoy. AcnEase works as a buffer against substances in our bodies that
make sebaceous glands over stimulate sebum production. It is important to
understand that these botanical ingredients will not directly affect hormones
levels, so the product can be used by both women and men of all ages. This
action allows oil production to return to healthy levels and consequently not
only improves the appearance of your skin but also PREVENTS breakouts and acne.
Let us know what has
or has not worked for you. We're here to help you see the best skin
you've ever had.
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hundreds of thousands before to do the same!