What causes oily skin

What causes oily skin


Oily skin is caused by hyperactive sebaceous glands. A.K.A Your Pores.  They are found all throughout your body –with the exception of palms your hands, your lips, and the bottom of your feet. Your sebaceous glands are most active in the T-zone on your face as well as your back and chest. These glands produce sebum, that is really good for your skin because it has a protective role of preventing water loss, providing moisture and protecting your skin against ugly free radicals. However, when these glands become super active and produce tons of oil, your T-zone becomes oily.  Exactly what causes these glands to become overactive is different for everyone.


The lifestyle factors and everyday choices that really ramp up oil production.  

  1.  pH Imbalance
  2.  Hormones
  3.  Chemicals and Toxins
  4.  Diet
  5.  Stress


1. Cleanse – every morning and night use a gentle cleanser to clean your face to remove dirt and build up. Make sure that your cleanser is  all natural and chemical free. Cleanse gently for at least 60 seconds! The less irritation you have on your skin, the better you are able to control the oil production in your face. 

2. Use A Mask – Natural facial masks  are a great addition to your skin care routine. Using a base of Bentonite clay will remove toxins from your skin giving you a wonderful natural glow. Clay masks will help to tighten pores and remove blackheads.  Honey masques will not only remove excess oil, they will also hydrate your skin because honey acts as a humectant. It will bring in any missing moisture from your skin.

3. Cut the Stress – whatever you have going on in your life that affects your mental health will always have an impact on your skin as well.  When you are stressed, your skin reacts by producing more oil glands. So the less stress, the less oil your skin will produce. Managing the stress in your life is vital to maintaining your natural glowing skin.  

4. Use a Toner – a toner is something that you put on your skin after you have gently cleansed it. The natural toner helps to balance the acidity and alkaline levels of your skin, otherwise known as the pH of your skin. 

5. Always Moisturize – Moisture is your best friend. Try using a non-comedogenic oil like hemp seed oil instead of thick creams. It can be used for all skin types, it works especially well for those with oily acne prone skin. It has a comedogenic rating of 0 to help prevent break outs from clogged pores. 

6. Exfoliate – using natural and sensitive products like a glycolic acid or a hemp + sugar facial scrub, you should exfoliate at least once a week to remove  dead skin cells. This help to balance your oil production and shrink your pores to a more normal size, ultimately reducing the amount of oil in your skin. However, too much exfoliation can do more harm than good. Pay attention to your skin.

7. Chemicals to Stay away From: Some of the most common toxins include:

  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
  • PEGs
  • Harmful sulfates (SLS and SLES)
  • Parabens
  • Petroleum

A word from PJ:
Just like all good things, improvement takes time, whether you’re looking to clear breakouts or just reduce the amount of oily shine on your skin. A good skin care routine tailored to your oily skin type will help you do just that. Don’t hesitate to contact PJ if you need help.


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