Oily Skin: Causes, Symptoms and Solutions
Is your skin shiny an hour after you wash your face, especially on your forehead, nose and cheeks? Oily skin is a common skin concern for many people – including those who don’t have acne. Oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands in the skin make too much sebum. Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that protects and hydrates the skin. Too much sebum can cause oily skin, clogged pores, and acne. On the bright side, oily skin is also thicker and less likely to be sensitive or prone to wrinkles. The key is to find a balance between having too much oil and maintaining the skin’s natural moisture.
Oily skin symptoms:
- Shiny, greasy appearance
- Large pores
- Skin that appears rough
- Occasional or persistent pimples
- Clogged pores and blackheads
The causes of oily skin include genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. For women, oil production can vary with their monthly cycle and will decrease with age and lower estrogen levels in perimenopause and menopause. For men, the hormones that trigger more oil production (androgens) are at higher levels during the teen years and tend to decline in adulthood.