Anyone struggling with greasy, shiny, oily skin might argue that the mere existence of sebum (the medical term for skin oils) is a curse. Yet Mother Nature intended for it to serve a beneficial purpose.
The source of all the trouble is the microscopic sebaceous gland, safely hidden beneath the surface of the skin. Sebaceous glands are part of the pilosebaceous unit (hair + oil gland duo). These glands (envision partially inflated balloons) lie deep within the dermis. They connect with the hair shaft and empty their contents onto the surface of the skin through the pores. All skin surfaces, with the exception of the palms and soles, possess sebaceous glands. The area with the most oil-producing ability is the one most crowded with sebaceous glands – it’s the notorious T-zone (forehead, nose and chin).
Sebaceous glands produce sebum, a complex blend of varied lipids (an assortment of fats), and dead sebaceous gland cells, (the cells that manufacture the sebum). Fats found in sebum include triglycerides, wax monoesters, squalane and free fatty acids.
Here are some essential tips girls with oily skin can do to control excess sebum
Cleansing your skin with Salicylic acid
If you have oily skin, you should lean toward an over the counter acne cleansing gel that helps keeping your face clean, fresh and and oil free. The best option is a cleansing gel with about 2% salicylic acid. This way you control excess sebum, unclog pores and skin does not dry out so much. If you already have acne, salicylic acid will reduces inflammation.
Do not skip the sunscreen
Sunscreen can help to control sebum and the shine on your face. To not use too much on face though and skip moisturizer in the morning. Apply a mineral sunscreen, based on zinc or titanium dioxide to absorb oils. Buy a quality sunscreen product. If you don’t carefully choose your sunscreen, you may do more harm than good.
Use less makeup
The foundation not only makes your face feel stuffed when temperatures go crazy, but it also melts and clogs pores. The result – they produce even more sebum. Change your foundation with a loose tinted BB cream based on a mineral powder that absorbs oil. As for the rest, keep your makeup as simple as possible.
If you exfoliate your skin too often, sebaceous glands are stimulated to secrete even more oil. Therefore, it is advisable to exfoliate your skin weekly to clean it and to help him breathe. You can exfoliate using a homemade scrub, those are less harhs than the store bought ones as you prepare them yourself, following your skin texture and sensitivity level, using natural products.
Excess sebum and food
Pay attention to what you eat! While food won’t give you acne, spicy foods can dilate blood vessels, making the skin sweat and produce more sebum. Give up these foods at summer time and includes carrots, spinach and cantaloupe in your diet. Vitamin A in those veggies will slow down the oil production, helping you control excess sebum better.
Do you have any tips on how to control excess sebum and look fresh and acne free? I would love to hear them.