Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Why you have oily skin and how you can help it

Skin care professionals have been witnessing an epidemic lately--an epidemic of oily skin. Clients are experiencing breakthrough shine, excess oil and midday makeup meltdown in increasing numbers. And it’s not just those with true oily skin types. Clients may be indirectly causing their own surge in oil production! I'd like to pass this information along to you, or if someone you know suffers from oily skin.

So what’s the cause for this upswing in oil production? Let’s take a closer look at some of the oily skin causes.

1. Genetics. When oily skin runs in the family, chances are that every member will have larger sebaceous glands that produce excess oil. Any skin that’s genetically oily is more likely to include clogged pores and breakouts.

2. Overuse use of skin care products. In the quest for younger-looking, smoother, clearer skin, clients may over-cleanse, over-exfoliate, scrub with too much pressure or apply too much product. The Tenacious Champion 2 In 1 Exfoliating Cleanser only needs to be used 2-3 times a week for noticeable results. Not daily.

3. Seasonal changes. A rise in heat and humidity during spring and summer can cause skin’s oil production levels to increase. In contrast, when the air becomes dry in winter, skin can get dehydrated, and excess oil may occur when it overcompensates for what’s missing. Use a product with Neem oil that has been used for centuries for adequate moisturizer. In the 21st century, Neem oil gained status when celebrities use this exotic oil in their skin care products, mostly moisturizers; for healthy radiant skin.

4. Medications. Hormonal birth control and hormone replacement medications can cause an increase of oil production. Likewise, virtually any medication can cause dehydration and lead to a production of excess oil when skin overcompensates for the lack of oil. Another reason to drink a lot of water.

5. Use of incorrect products. For example, if a client uses a cleanser for oily skin when she has combination skin, her skin will become over-stripped of the oil it needs. It will then produce even more oil in response to compensate. Use the Unwavering Determination Astringent Daily Cleanser for combination/normal skin type.

6. Hormonal changes. In women, fluctuations of hormone androgens throughout life (i.e., pregnancy, pre-menopause) can kick sebaceous glands into high gear. The 94% organic Botanical Acne Cleanser includes a key ingredient Clary Sage extract, which has been proven to help with hormonal acne.

7. Stress. In response to stress, the body produces more androgen hormones, which leads to more oil production. Try to control stress as best as you can. Exercise is one of the biggest stress busters that can do the mind and body good.

8. Use of unnecessary skin care tools is a big error. Scrubbing with a wash cloth, or using a rotating cleansing brush, hand mitts, buff puffs and strips can not only irritate skin, but can dry out skin, causing it to overproduce oil to compensate. I can't repeat this enough. Gadgets that are marketed to help with oily and acne prone skin actually may irritate skin!

9. Sun tanning. Tanning is BAD for reducing oil. In fact, although it may temporarily dry out the skin, it actually triggers an injury response, which causes the sebaceous glands to surge production of oil in order to protect the skin’s surface. Tanning is one of the elements that can affect your skin's natural protective barrier.

The oil-blotting paper myth:
For years, consumers have been relying on sheets of paper to “blot” away excess oil and breakthrough shine. The truth is, blotting papers may do more harm than good. Throughout the day, skin is bombarded with oil, makeup, dust, pollution and free radicals. Pressing a piece of paper to absorb oil might remove some shine, but it’s pressing all that invisible dirt and unseen oil back down deep into pores, smothering it and giving P. acnes bacteria the kind of oxygen-free environment it loves. This causes inflammation, breakouts and clogged pores!

Be sure your skin care regimen includes cleansing your skin twice daily and always follow with Tough Competition Daily Moisturizer that contains citrus extracts to control oil. Oily skin needs adequate moisture or your oil producing glands will go into over drive and produce more oil.

Never go to sleep without washing your face for the night. Be sure to change your pillow case often. Your skin lays against the pillow case that has oil from your scalp, hair products and dust. This can also trigger extra oil.

By following the tips of what not to do, and what to do, should help your oily situation tremendously.

Written by Sandy Alcide. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. No portion of this article can be reproduced without author's permission. You may use this article, or portions but in order to do so you must include this paragraph and a link to www.MotionMedica.com. Sandy Alcide is a BioChemist and Founder of Motion Medica Botanical skin care. Sandy is a published author and Esthetician specializing in skin disorders.
Her products are made in the USA and sold global. She can be reached via her website www.MotionMedica.com

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