Oily skin?

One of our PREP Girls sent in this email:

QUESTION:  “What can I do to treat my oily skin?  I scrub my face clean 3 times a day but it seems like no matter what I do it is always oily!”

ANSWER: Unfortunately most of the common causes of oily skin are ones that you really don’t have much (if any) control over. Genetics – If one or both of your parents struggled with an oily complexion, chances are you will, too.  And as much as you may wish you could at times, you just can’t change your parents (or the genetic material they pass along to you)! Hormones – Starting at puberty, the same hormones that help your body begin to grow and change also make the oil glands in the skin of your scalp, face, chest and back become larger and more active.  Depending on your skin’s sensitivity to these hormones (which is determined by genetics), this may lead to a little or a lot of extra oil.  And if you’ve ever noticed oilier skin just before your period, that’s also due to – you guessed it – hormones! Stress – Stress makes your body produce another type of hormone called cortisol which can also lead to oily skin – because shiny skin is just what you need when you’re studying for finals!! Weather/climate – Warm, humid weather can make your skin oilier as well. (See, you just thought you hated winter!) Medications – Lastly, certain types of medications can make your skin produce more oil or be prone to breakouts.  So if you notice a sudden increase in your skin’s oiliness that seems to coincide with starting a new medicine, you may want to check with your dermatologist or family doctor to see if a change may be helpful. Oil isn’t all bad, though. A little bit of oil is actually good for your skin – it protects and prevents dryness and irritation.  And studies have shown that people with oilier complexions generally have fewer wrinkles when they get older!  But if you feel like your skin is just too oily, here are a few tips on organic skin care for oily skin that may help. Cleanse…but not too much! – Wash your face every morning and evening with a gentle cleanser like P.R.E.P. purifying daily cleanser. Use warm water and your fingertips to gently remove excess dirt, oil and makeup.  Avoid hot water, scrubbing and too frequent use of soap or exfoliating cleansers since they can cause irritation and actually make the skin produce more oil to try to protect itself. Primer/makeup – If your face is consistently oily by mid-afternoon, you may want to try using a primer under your makeup to help absorb oil and decrease shine.  Primers have the added benefit of making your makeup look fresh longer.  You could also try an oil-control or oil-absorbing makeup – these basically have the primer already mixed in. Blotting paper – I recommend keeping a pack of blotting papers in your bag to quickly treat problem areas like the forehead and nose any time you notice a little extra glow.  Just dab and toss and your oil problem is solved – for a little while, at least! Protection – Even oily skin needs sun protection, so don’t forget your sunscreen! Our SPF face+body lotion is lightweight and non-greasy and will help keep your skin protected from the sun’s damaging UV rays without having to worry about your face feeling sticky or extra oily. Stay healthy,