Many of us suffer with oily skin, resorting to the use of blotting sheets in a desperate attempt to hide an unwanted shiny appearance. But how does oily skin happen?
To get all scientific, Oily skin is due to the over-production of the skin’s natural oils known as sebum. This is mainly a genetic trait but is also heavily influenced by hormone changes that increase the amount of male hormones (androgens) in the system, such as during puberty and in the condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome. Androgens stimulate the grease glands in the skin resulting in excess production of sebum.
Other external factors that may aggravate the problem include changes in climate and also using products that disturb the oil balance on the skin, such as certain make up and beauty products which can trigger over production of oils.
Oily skin creates a shiny appearance to the skin which results in make-up not lasting for long periods of time. Together with debris and dead skin cells, the sebum on the skin can clog the pores also making it prone to breakouts of acne.
But how can we combat this? Consultant Dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong shares 5 ideal ways to combat oily skin with us.