Understanding Oily Skin
There are different kinds of skin type, and being able to recognise yours will help you know how to properly take care of your skin. Skin can be normal, dry, oily or mixed.
One of the most common and most problematic skin type is oily skin. You can identify it by an excess of oil (or sebum), mainly on the face. The amount of sebum the skin produces varies for every person, some people will start feeling greasy shortly after cleansing, while others may take more time.
What is sebum?
Sebum is an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands, which are found everywhere on the skin – except for on the palm of the hands and soles of the feet.
Your back, chin and forehead are the parts of your body that have more sebaceous glands, which explains why those tend to be the oiliest parts of the body.
Why is my skin so oily?
Oily skin seems to be caused mostly by hormones, more specifically, androgen.
Androgens are present in both males and females. Dihydrotestosterone (or DHT) is the androgen that increases
in all genders during puberty, and the one responsible for triggering sebaceous glands to product sebum.
DTH levels are later affected by the menstrual cycle, which rises the levels of progesterone.
Not everyone who suffers from seborrhoea (oily skin) has acne, even when extra sebum leads to blocked pores, an oily surface and bacteria.
But fear not, there’s always a bright side, and this usually hated oil can also be beneficial when produced in normal quantities. Sebum is very helpful to keep skin healthy and protected, and you too can regulate your skin’s oil and be a part of the “normal” skin type.