Our body produces oil (sebum) to moisturise our skin and help keep our skin soft and supple. However, if our sebaceous glands are too active and produce too much oil, it can lead to acne breakout. Oily skin is mainly caused by hormonal changes and hereditary factors.
HORMONAL CHANGES Precipitated by hormones, fluctuations in testosterone causes oil production levels to increase. It requires strict discipline to take good care of your skin if you are plagued with excessive sebum on your face. Several life events can lead to fluctuations in hormone levels such as puberty, menopause, perimenopause, changes in work environment or family life.
HEREDITARY FACTORS One of the major factors in determining whether you have excess sebum or not is due to your genetic makeup. If many of your family members have oily skin, there is a chance you will too.
Oily skin is extremely common in hot and humid Singapore. Oily skin can create social inconveniences – your skin may look shiny before the day ends, and your make up may run. More importantly, skin that secretes too much oil is more prone to acne. The excess sebum in the skin forms comedones (whiteheads and blackheads), clogged pores, and acne.
Several options are available to improve oily skin. For example, laser treatments and microinjections of Botox signal oil-secreting glands to lower oil production. Regular facials also help prevent your pores from clogging.
Know Your Problems
- Oily skin is very common in hot and humid climates. While it tends to get better with age, some people still complain of the problem later in life.
- Oily skin predisposes to clogs and acne.
- Treatments such as lasers help reduce oil production in your skin.