What Causes Oily, Greasy Skin

We like to emphasize how important your daily habits are and how they can impact your skin’s overall health. Many people suffer from oily or greasy skin for various reasons. Oily skin is caused by excess production of the skin’s natural oils known as sebum. These occurrences of excess oil are often genetic traits but can also be influenced by changes in hormone production and the products we consume.

Alcohol

Drinking alcohol is very dehydrating and causes your heat index to rise leading to feeling warmer and sweating more. That leads to clogged pores and oilier skin. Oiliness if often noticed in the days after heavy drinking.

Bedding

Wash your sheets regularly and often to ensure they’re clean and avoid any skin irritation (that causes oilier skin) as a result.

Dairy

Dairy products stimulate oil glands in the skin and can lead to acne. Consuming too many dairy products can cause havoc on your body’s hormonal balance.

Dehydration

Drink plenty of water. Hydration makes sure oil glands aren’t as greasy and leads to less blockage in the skin glands and less inflammation.

Diet

Foods high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and the aforementioned dairy can lead to overactive sebum production and the accompanying greasy look.

Genes

Sometimes, you just can’t fight genetics. Oily skin is by no means something that only affects those predisposed to it, but like anything, some people will always just have naturally oilier skin by default as inheritance from their parents.

Hormones

Imbalances in hormone levels caused by anything from diet, exercise, menstruation, pregnancy, birth control, or menopause can cause excess oil production.

what causes oily skin

Makeup

Heavy makeup use increases oil production and blocks pores. So remember, less is more.

Medication

Ingesting anything can have greater ramifications on your body. Certain medications, hormone replacements or supplements and birth control can cause an increase in oil production. Any medication can also cause dehydration and excess oil production to overcompensate.

Menstration

Your monthly cycle of hormone production can obviously affect your skin by stimulating your oil glands. (You may also notice breakouts as a result.)

Over-protection

Overdoing it can make your skin oilier. Over-cleansing, over-exfoliating, scrubbing too much, or applying too much skin care products can also lead to greasier skin.

Stress

Stress can make everything worse. Stress can lead to increased oil production in the body leading to oilier skin, acne, and other related problems.

Tanning

Tanning is bad for reducing oil. While it may temporarily dry out the skin, tanning can trigger a protective response in the body to produce more oil in order to protect the skin’s surface.

Weather

Hotter, more humid or rainy weather can affect your skin’s oil production by increasing it. In the cold, skin can get dehydrated and cause it to overcompensate by producing more oil.

Remember, a reliable daily skin care routine can help combat and treat oily skin by bringing a proper balance to your skin every day instead of just treating any symptoms.

Source: Reader’s Digest