Some causes of oily skin we can control such as skin care products, cleansers and soaps, skin care accessories such as rotating cleansing brushes, pore strips, buff puffs, hand mitts and even excessive scrubbing with a wash cloth. All of these actions have an equal and opposite reaction and the opposite reaction is often the exact opposite of what we are trying to achieve. These skin care accessories can be too rough and excessive use can dry out the skin causing our skin to over-react and produce more oil to compensate for the excessive oil loss.

Many skin care lotions, potions, astringents, toners and makeups can cause the same problem. We want to look younger or have smaller pores and apply too much of a product to try to produce quicker results but the result is often dry, rough irritated skin that triggers our skin into a survival mode and the skin produces more oil to protect and compensate for the loss of oil.

The change of seasons can cause drier air conditions inside and outside. Our skin will adjust oil production to compensate for the dryness in the air or environment.

Hormonal changes also result in an increase in oil production. Puberty, aging, some medications and stress all create hormonal changes in the body which affect oil production in the skin. This is the one area we may not to control as well as the others. Nearly all medications have a recommendation to ‘take with plenty of water’. It’s a very obscure recommendation but the reason for this is that most medications cause the body to become dehydrated and once the body is dehydrated, it will create more oil to protect the skin as the oil creates a barrier between our internal organs and the environment thus blocking bacteria and germs from entering the body through the small fissures or breaks in the skin that occur when the skin becomes too dry.

Sun tanning dries the surface of the skin again causing it to produce more oil to compensate.

Some foods and beverages can cause the body to become dehydrated causing the skin to produce more oil. Many beverages act as diuretics such as coffee, teas, alcohol and diet drinks. Adjusting your diet to a more pH neutral plan in which we balance diuretics with a more alkaline counterpart can help to control the oil production in the skin.

In most cases hydrating the body with an adequate fluid intake of water and applying small amounts of a skin friendly topical oil such as jojoba or chamomile applied twice a day to freshly cleansed, damp skin can help to balance oil production in the skin and let your skin glow from within rather than glistening from the oil.

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