It is the horror of fashionistas the world over: that shiny, fried egg look, where the facial skin seems so greasy that it seems to shine. And not in a nice way either!
Oily skin results due to excessive production of sebum. This oily skin tends to attract dust and other pollutants causing blocked pores, acne and other problems.
To understand why it is that so many of us have to contend with shiny facial skin one needs to recognize the reasons behind it.
- Summer and the hot weather as well as high humidity levels are one important factor that increases production of sebum in the skin thereby making it appear oily.
- Medication and birth control pills can sometimes increase imbalances in the skin due to the effect these medications/pills may have on the hormones. Hormones control the appearance of skin as well as how oily is, which is why teens are more likely to have oily skin and skin tends to become dry and coarse with menopausal women.
- Heredity is a large factor in the kind of skin. So if your mother has oily skin, there is a very big chance that you will too!
- While the jury is still out on whether chocolate and greasy foods give you oily skin, it is true that certain nutritional deficiencies can cause you to have oily skin.