As a skin care professional, I’ve been witnessing an epidemic lately--an epidemic of oily skin. Have you seen it, too? 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.
So what’s the cause for this upswing in oil production? Now more than ever, clients are searching for the solutions to turn back the clock; and, in the process, they may be indirectly causing their own surge in oil production as their skin tries to protect itself. 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 overcleanse, overexfoliate, scrub with too much pressure or apply too much product.
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.
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.
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.
6. Hormonal changes. In women, fluctuations of hormone androgens throughout life (i.e., pregnancy, peri- and pre-menopause) can kick sebaceous glands into high gear.
7. Stress. In response to stress, the body produces more androgen hormones, which leads to more oil production.
8. Use of unnecessary skin care tools. 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.
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.
The oil-blotting paper myth
For years, clients 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.
A true excess oil solution
Bioelements new Oil Control Mattifier blots breakthrough oil, gives skin a perfect matte finish and keeps surface shine at bay. Pores look smaller, skin is free of shine without feeling stripped and makeup stays put. Here’s how it works:
From the inside. Oil Control Mattifier’s breakthrough blend of saw palmetto fruit extract, sesame seed extract and argan oil work together with Chinese peony to go deep into the hair follicles of the skin, where oily sebum forms. Here, it helps to balance and reduce oil, especially in the t-zone.
From the outside. Oil Control Mattifier’s formula works on the surface of the skin to soak up excess oil with tapioca starch, eliminating the greasy sheen that can accumulate throughout the day, causing midday makeup meltdowns.
The test of thyme. For thousands of years, thyme was considered “medicine in a bottle,” and was depended on for its ability to gently control oil. Today, researchers are celebrating thyme for skin that experiences excess oil, congestion and problem pores. To utilize the full benefits of the herb, both thyme white oil and thyme extract are included in Bioelements Oil Control Mattifier.
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