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Oily Skin: Are Your Concerns Justified?

Aug 17, 2007
Recently you have realized a bit of an extra shine to your skin. Or perhaps you have noticed increased breakouts or sudden unexpected acne flare ups for apparently no reason.

There may be a few different things you have realized about your skin, either for quite some time or as of late, and now you have become concerned with this change in your skin. Have you become a person with an oily skin type?

People who have oily skin have several different symptoms. If you occasionally have one or two mild symptoms, then you can probably discount an abrupt overproduction of oil in your skin.

However, if you find that you have multiple symptoms or several of these symptoms are more severe than you would like them to be or think they should be, then you may want to look into making an appointment with your dermatologist or trying a few different tips to put a stop to oily skin.

Shiny or greasy look. Yes, this may seem like the most obvious, but many people can experience the occasional oily skin from time to time. Certain points in time when you can get worked up, such as a stressful moment, or during certain conditions within seasons, the glands that produce sebum may be triggered into making more than necessary.

A small hiccup in your normal body functions is nothing to worry about and can simply go away on its own. Appropriate cleansing should take care of this problem. However, if you find yourself with an extreme shine and several other symptoms, more work will be needed.

Enlarged pores. In normal skin, pores are small and sometimes can be hard to see at all. When you have oily skin, all the excess oil production can lead to enlarged pores. Squeezing enlarged pores may show an excess of a fatty substance; too much oil and probably foreign elements that are beginning to get caught in your skin.

Large pore size is a good indicator that you have oily skin and will probably have future problems due to these large pores. A good cleansing along with an astringent can help clean and tighten pores, or an appointment for a microdermabrasion treatment can help clean out pores as well.

Prone to blemishes. Oily skin quite often leads to blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and other skin blemishes. This is because the oil traps dirt, dry skin, and other particles which clog up pores and lead to infections of bacteria or other general inflammations.

Acne breakouts frequently occur with people who have oily skin and this is not always restricted to the face. Too much oil on the back, shoulders, and chest can also lead to breakouts. Cleanse, exfoliate, and use products that will not aggravate acne further. Put medications on any outbreaks to help control and to prevent them later on.

Dull complexion. Having a dull complexion may sound contrary to the symptom of having a shiny face. However, your complexion refers to the overall look and coloring to your face. People with healthy, problem free skin (or as much as possible at least) have a healthy glow to them with the occasional rosy color.

It may sound like a fairy tale, but skin that is treated right and kept in top notch shape can achieve this great look. Oily skin drags down dead skin cells and other extra debris, adding to the dull look to your face. The changes in your body or in your environment can also be contributing to your oily skin and dull complexion.

Following your skin care regimen, exercising, and making sure of good nutrition in your diet can help your oily skin and ultimately adjust your complexion from dull to healthy.

With this information, you can make a better decision regarding whether you truly have oily skin or not. If so, you can begin making changes by finding out the underlying cause of your oily skin and making the necessary adjustments.

If you realize you do not actually have an oily skin problem, you can wait for your skin to balance itself out and stop worrying about any drastic changes in your choice of skin care products and practices.
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