What Causes Oily Skin

What Causes Oily Skin?

  Oily skin is usually caused by excess sebum being produced by the body. There are various causes for the extra production of sebum and lead to oily skin. Read the article below to discover some of the symptoms and causes for oily skin.


  • Irritating factors: Heat, abrasions and sudden humidity changes can all cause your skin’s oil production to increase.
  • Nutrition and habits: An unhealthy lifestyle, such as smoking, heavy drinking, and poor diet, can have a negative impact on the appearance of your skin.
  • Genetic predisposition: While not always the case, it can happen. If oily skin runs in the family, it could mean you too have inherited shiny skin and impurities.
  • Overusing skincare products: Yes, you can too much of a good thing. A recipe for disaster is cleansing or exfoliating too often, too hard, or using too much product. They result in oily skin reacting with extra aggressive oil production.
  • Stress: Stress isn’t good for anything, and skin is no different. Your body responds to stress by releasing extra androgen hormones, which means more sebum (oil) is pumped to the surface of your skin.
  • Hormonal changes: Androgen hormones can also increase due to menstruation, pregnancy, and other hormonal changes.
  • Medication: Medications, especially those that affect your hormones, can increase oil production. Dehydration from medicine can also cause your skin to overcompensate for lost moisture, resulting in a sallow complexion.


Oily skin symptoms are easy to spot, and uncomfortable to live with. They include:

  • Shiny skin: Skin appears to have a greasy film, and shines as if it’s always wet.
  • Large pores: Excess sebum and dead skin cells can get caught in the pores of skin, expanding them permanently. They often remain quite large and may clog up often.
  • Blemishes in the T-zone: Skin impurities on the forehead, nose and chin are more severe and frequently noticeable.
  • Sallow complexion: Greasy skin does not have good circulation, so the complexion often looks sallow.
  • Frequent breakouts & acne: Constant breakouts, blackheads, clogged pores and general acne problems are almost always found side-by-side with oily skin.

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