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Is Your Skin Oily?

We all tend to get a bit of extra shine on our face every now and then, but do you know why? Is it genetic, the climate or even hormones?

Oily skin happens when sebaceous glands generate a high level of sebum or oil on the skin, but there are five other causes:

  1. Stress: When your body responds to stress, it generates a lot of androgen or testoid hormones leading to more oil production.
  2. Genetics: If every member of your family has oily skin, including you, it could be genetic and you will all have larger sebaceous glands that produce excess oil, as well as clogged pores and breakouts. 
  1. Skincare products: Your pursuit of beauty may cause you to try out different skincare products and over-cleanse, over-tone or over-exfoliate your skin.
  2. Climate/seasonal changes: The heat and humidity of spring and summer can cause an increase in your skin’s oil production levels, while winter conditions can leave your skin dehydrated and vulnerable to excess oil production.
  3. Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in your androgen hormone levels due to menstruation, pregnancy and pre-menopause kick sebaceous glands into high gear.

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