The long and short of understanding oily skin is that it’s typically caused by an overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands in the skin. Though sebum is an important part of having healthy skin, too much of it can lead to oily skin which is sometimes also accompanied by clogged pores and breakouts. Oily skin care products are created specifically to help with the overproduction of oil and to help treat and soothe the skin.
What causes oily skin?
There are many factors to consider when it comes to the cause of oily skin, some of which are and are not in our control. Some of the causes of oily skin over which we have very little say are genetics, hormonal changes and our environment. If oily skin is prevalent in your family lineage, there is a possibility you’ve inherited it too. Larger sebaceous glands are hereditary, so it’s likely you are following in the footsteps of those before you. Similarly, hormonal changes can be responsible for causing oily skin, brought on in times of our lives like during puberty, during pregnancy and during menopause. Environmental factors like humidity and hot weather tend to result in an overproduction of oil on the skin as well.
Do oily skin care products include essential oils and carrier oils?
As the saying goes, “like attracts like”. What that means when it comes to oily skin is that in some cases, you’ve got to fight oil with oil. If you’ve used or are using harsh, abrasive ingredients like alcohol or washcloths and you’ve stripped your skin of its necessary natural oils, it can go into overproduction-mode and in fact increase the amount of sebum on your skin. Oils help make the skin smooth, plump and pliable, which is why certain oils, like rose and tea tree are great for calming the appearance of redness and sensitivity in oily skin. Using oil can actually help restore your skin’s natural oils and keep your skin feeling more fresh and balanced.
Of course there are certain oils you should avoid when looking to treat oily skin on the face, and it tends to be those that are more prone to causing blocked pores, like sesame oil or wheat germ oil which may be better suited to body and hair care products, far away from the delicate skin on your face.