This arises the question what causes this upswing in oil production? The main causes of oily skin include:
– Genetics: When excess oil production runs in the family, there is a good chance that every member has larger sebaceous glands causing the oily skin, which more likely include breakouts and clogged pores.
– Overusing skin care products: In the quest for smoother, younger- looking and clearer skin, women may over exfoliate, over cleanse or apply too much products.
– Medications: Hormone replacement medications and hormonal birth control can cause increased oil production. Likewise, any medication that causes dehydration can lead to producing excess oil, as the skin tries to compensate for the lack of oil.
– Seasonal changes: A rise in humidity and heat in summer can cause increased levels of skin’s oil production. In contrast, in winter the skin gets dehydrated and over compensates for what is missing with producing excess oil.
– Using incorrect products: When a woman with a combination skin uses a cleanser for oily skin, her skin becomes over stripped of its oily needs, and then it produces more oil to compensate.
– Stress: During stress, more androgen hormones are produced, leading to more oil production.
– Hormonal changes: Fluctuations of androgens in women throughout life (i.e. pre- menopause and pregnancy) can highly increase the activity of the sebaceous glands.
– Sun tanning: If you aim at reducing oil, avoid tanning. Though it may temporarily dry out your skin, it actually causes surged production of oil to protect the skin’s surface.
– Using unnecessary skin care tools: Using a rotating cleansing brush and scrubbing with a wash cloth do not only irritate the skin, but they can also dry it out causing it to produce more oil to compensate.