Sebum—a.k.a. the oil on your skin—is a fatty, thick liquid produced by your sebaceous glands1 to keep hair and skin moisturized. Excess sebum, however, can lead to acne breakouts in addition to unwanted shine and an oily complexion.
Both hormones and genes affect how much sebum your skin produces2. During puberty, the skin’s oil glands mature and go into overdrive, creating an abundance of the androgen hormones that increase sebum production and eventually lead to acne.
While there are no cure-all oily skin remedies, there are plenty of daily habits and preventative measures you can use to mitigate uncomfortably oily skin—regardless of stress or hormone levels. Ahead, seven ideas for how to stop oily skin.
The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes.
1“University Health Service.” Acne | University Health Service, www.uhs.umich.edu/acne.
2“Oily Skin.” MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002043.htm.
3“What Can I Do to Take Care of My Very Oily Hair and Skin?” What Can I Do to Take Care of My Very Oily Hair and Skin? | Go Ask Alice!, goaskalice.columbia.edu/answered-questions/what-can-i-do-take-care-my-very-oily-hair-and-skin.
4“Moisturizers: Options for Softer Skin.” Mayo Clinic, 13 Oct. 2016, www.mayo.edu/diseases-conditions/dry-skin/in-depth/moisturizers/art-20044232.