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Causes of oily skin and how to fix it

Oil plays an important role in keeping the skin moist. However, too much sebum can clog pores and cause breakouts. Understanding what causes oily skin is also one of the ways to help control oil.

‏1. Why does the skin secrete so much oil?

Oily facial skin due to oil affects the aesthetics and health of the skin. Here are some causes of oily skin such as:

1.1 Heredity

‏ Oily skin has a genetic predisposition. If your parents had oily skin, you may also have overactive sebaceous glands.

‏ 1.2 Living

People who live in hot and humid climates tend to have oily skin. Furthermore, the skin is also usually more oily in the summer than it is in the fall or winter. Therefore, you should adjust your skin care routine during high temperature and humidity days to control sebum more effectively.

‏ 1.3 Large pores

Due to age or previous breakouts, your pores can become enlarged. This condition if not taken care of properly can also lead to more oily skin.
‏Facial skin is shiny due to oil affecting the aesthetics and health of the skin.

‏ 1.4 Using inappropriate

Some people confuse combination skin with oily skin, leading to using cosmetics and creams that are not suitable for their skin. Before choosing cosmetics, you should understand your skin condition. Using the right skin care products can limit the production of oil on your face.

‏ 1.5 Improper

Washing your face too often or overdoing it can cause your skin to produce more oil.

Although the main purpose of washing and exfoliating is to remove excess oil from the skin, doing this too often will strip the skin of its natural oils. At that time, the sebaceous glands will increase their activity to secrete more oil to compensate for that imbalance.

‏2. How to care for oily skin suitable for skin conditions

To properly care for your skin, you need to choose the right product for your skin condition. Some of the following skin care ingredients have been proven effective in reducing oil secretion on the face:
  • ‏Green Tea
  • ‏Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3‏
  • ‏L-carnitine, amino acid‏
  • Licochalcone A, a phenol extracted from licorice root, helps prevent acne and control oily skin.

‏ ‏Note , before buying any skin care product, you should also apply it to the skin on your hand to see if there is any skin irritation.

2.1 Cleanse the skin

For oily skin, priority should be given to using a gentle foaming cleanser to clean the skin 1-2 times a day. Gel cleansers are safer and more effective for oily skin than cream or oil cleansers.‏

‏ 2.2 Exfoliating

You should gently exfoliate 1-2 times per week to remove sebum, bacteria, dirt, unclog pores, prevent acne from forming. However, it is not recommended to exfoliate more than 2 times per week as this can cause the skin to lose certain moisture, leading to more oil production.

2.3 Moisturizing

‏When choosing a moisturizer for oily skin, you should limit the following ingredients to avoid clogging pores due to sebum such as: Butter, cocoa, coconut oil, petroleum jelly, silicone... In addition, products Alcohol-containing products should also be avoided as they tend to irritate the skin.‏

‏After cleansing with cleanser in the morning and evening, don't forget to apply moisturizer to help skin stay hydrated. To protect skin against sun damage, make sure to apply sunscreen daily before going outside and reapply every 2 hours for maximum protection.‏

Also, try to limit touching your face during the day. Habits of touching or propping up the chin can spread bacteria and dirt and cause the skin to produce more oil, making it more prone to acne and other irritation.

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