Most people have combination skin. (We’re not big fans of the term “normal” anyway.) Everyone has the greatest density of oil glands in the T-zone of the face – the nose, chin, and forehead. So you might be noticing dryness at the periphery of your face along with an oily sheen in the center. Your overall oiliness/dryness is determined by your genes and regulated by your hormones, the same two primary causes of acne.
You know when you have oily skin. Your complexion is shiny, pores look larger and you may see blackheads and whiteheads. Oily skin is common, especially during the teenage years when surge and ramp up oil production.
The oiliness of your complexion is subject to change. Living in a hot, humid climate, exercise, and stress all stimulate oil production. Taking medicines that impact your , like birth control pills or androgens make your skin oilier too. Washing your face more than 2 or 3 times a day or stripping your skin with a harsh toner or rubbing alcohol may also temporarily increase oil production by drying out the skin’s surface, causing your oil glands to overcompensate and produce more oil.
For women, oiliness can vary with your monthly cycle, and will decrease as you produce less estrogen in perimenopause and menopause. Just as you can have dry skin with acne, you can have oily skin that is not acne-prone. When pores are not plugged (the first step in the acne process) oil flows freely from the inside of the follicle to lubricate your skin’s surface, giving you an oily but clear complexion.
While you cannot “turn off” oil production, you can help your skin look more balanced with the help of oil-absorbing products or blotter sheets. Read More...
Acne Scars form at the site of an injury. These are the visible reminders of injury and tissue repair. In the case of acne, the injury is caused by the body’s inflammatory response to sebum, bacteria and dead cells in the plugged sebaceous follicle.
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