Updated: 2019, Jun 11

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Oily Skin

By - Reviewed by CHD Team
About Oily Skin

Oily skin types have lots of challenges. Its pores appear enlarged other than being greasy, shiny, coarse and thick. Another major problem with oily skin is that it breaks easily resulting in acne. The upswing in oil production is triggered by a number of factors including genetics, overuse of skincare products, changes in seasons, certain medications, hormonal changes, stress and poor skin care routine among others. Whereas sun tanning can cause temporarily drying out of the skin, there is mounting evidence that it can stimulate sebaceous glands to produce oil in the future.
Here are some of the facts you are probably not aware of oily skin:

1. Seasonal Changes

It is evident changes in season can trigger oily skin. This mostly occurs when there is an increase in temperature and humidity, especially during spring and summer. On the other hand, oily skin can become dehydrated during cold seasons. This is because the air becomes dry. This often triggers overproduction of oil to compensate for what is already missing.

2. Genes Determine Oiliness

You may find out that an oily skin runs in a family. This is because genetics has a role to play in determining skin type. Family members with an oily skin tend to have a large sebaceous gland (which produces oil). Any genetically oily skin is characterized by clogged pores and frequent breakouts. You are thus more likely to have oily skin if a member of your family exhibits the same characteristics.

3. Overuse of Skincare Products

Overuse of Skincare Products

Everyone wants to look younger and attractive throughout. Some people go to the extent of overusing skin care products including cleansers, exfoliating brands, in the quest for smooth and clearer skin. However, this can lead to oily skin. It is thus advisable to apply skin products with moderation. Additionally, don’t apply too many products at once as they can cause other damages to your skin.

4. Using the Wrong Products

Your skin types dictate which products you should apply and the ones you should avoid. Always make sure that you clearly understand your skin type and check the labels of skin care products to know for what purpose they were manufactured.
For instance, if you use a cleanser for oily skin whereas you have a combination, your skin may become over-stripped of the natural oils it requires. Your skin will in turn produce more oil to compensate for the missing portion. In the end, your skin becomes oily.

5. Changes in Hormones

Women usually experience hormonal changes every month and in different stages of their life. These changes can trigger the production of more oil by the sebaceous glands. Although changes in hormone cannot be managed all the time, whenever they occur you should switch your cosmetic practices and products.

6. Unmanaged Stress

Unmanaged Stress

Everyone becomes stressed from time to time and can directly affect your skin type. If managed, stress stimulates the production of androgen, a sex hormone, which ups production of oil by the sebaceous glands. To avoid such incidences, always learn best relaxation tools to help overcome stress. These may include lifestyle changes, dietary changes, meditation, yoga and counseling among others.

7. Wrong Skincare Tools

The use of the incorrect tool when carrying out your skin care regime can adversely affect your skin in a number of ways. For example, if you scrub with a washcloth or a rotating cleansing brush, it can cause irritation or dry out of your skin. In response, your skin overproduces oil to compensate for what it requires. Thus, you should use the right tools to avoid such mishaps.

8. Certain Medications

There are certain medications, such as hormonal birth control pills and hormone replacement medications that trigger overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands. Similarly, other medications can also cause dehydration and trigger excess oil production to overcompensate the lacking oil. It is thus recommendable to consult with your health caregiver in case you realize that a medication is directly affecting your skin. He/she will give alternative treatments or recommend otherwise.

9. Improper Diet

Improper Diet

A healthy diet is a vital requirement to a healthy skin. While the lack of essential ingredients in your diet can lead to several skin conditions, some foods can increase production of oil by the sebaceous gland. Always ensure that you eat a well-balanced diet that is rich in minerals, vitamins and other nutrients for a healthy skin. Avoid high-calorie diet that can lead to weight gain as excess fat is stored under your skin.


The above are some of the common facts about the triggers of an oily skin. The good news is that you can defy an oily skin with problems linked to it once you get a clear picture of the common triggers. Even if you have a genetically oily skin, using the appropriate products in the right way can help reduce its greasy appearance.

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