Why Do I Have Oily Skin All of a Sudden?
Many people associate oily skin with puberty and hormones causing oiliness and breakouts on youthful skin. However oily skin doesn’t just belong to people in their teens and twenties, in fact it can abruptly appear at any age. Why does that happen? There are several things that can contribute to sudden oily skin and we’re going to investigate what might be the culprit so you don’t have to be plagued by oily skin.
Potential Causes For Your Oily Skin
You’ve noticed a sudden change in your skin — shine is continually forming on your skin and you wake up with an oily face. Perhaps your make up just “slips” off now when it previously stayed on for several hours. If you use a piece of blotting paper the oil is clearly visible on it. If you’re confused as to why your skin is suddenly having issues, there’s a myriad of reasons why it’s doing this. We’ve listed seven reasons and provide solutions on how you can get your skin back to its balanced state.
Are you feeling anxious about something? It might be registering on your face. That’s because when you’re feeling stress or anxiety your body releases cortisol, a stress hormone, which can also cause your skin to produce more oil in your scalp and skin. Practice meditation or take a relaxing bath to calm your nerves and release that built-up tension.
2. You Are Not Hydrating Enough
Water is essential to your skin’s healthy appearance. If you don’t drink enough water your skin can appear dry. Conversely because your skin is not getting enough hydration it may start overproducing sebum and oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. The best solution is to drink plenty of water every day. If you don’t like plain water, decafinated herbal teas are also a good alternative.
3. You’re Eating Too Much Sugar
If you love sugary treats such as candy, cakes, soda and ice cream you may want to rethink your diet. Sugar increases the production of androgens in your body, which in turn can lead to more oil production. If you can’t live without sugar try to get your sweet fix from naturally sweet treats such as fruit.
4. Your Skin Care Routine Is Too Intense
Did you previously have slightly oily skin or shine in your T-zone and then you brought out the big guns? Many times minimally oily skin is made worse by a too-harsh skin care routine. Are you washing your skin more than twice a day, using products with alcohol or scrubbing with grainy particles like sand or crystals? If you answered yes, then you might be stripping your skin of its natural oils and interfering with its barrier function. The result may be oilier skin. Try to use a cleanser formulated for your skin type rather than washing incessantly. We suggest a charcoal infused cleanser like Garnier SkinActive’s Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser/Mask. Your skin will feel incredibly clean and the formula infused with charcoal will pull out any impurities without stripping your skin. Your skin will glow but not because it’s oily but just beautiful.
5. Your Oily Skin Is Hereditary
This is probably the most infuriating reason but your oily skin might be predetermined by your genes. While you can’t change genetics you should follow our previous life style and skin care tips to minimize oil and sebum production.
While oily skin can be a challenge particularly if it suddenly arises, awareness of how to care for your skin and your body overall should help in the fight against grease.
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