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The Most Common Causes of Oily Skin

Everyone’s skin has some degree of oil, but it shows on some of us more than others. Not only can oily skin hamper your look and style, it can lead to an increase of acne breakouts and other related issues. The key to eliminating oily skin is to identify what’s causing it, and we’re here to go over some of the most common culprits.

Some causes behind oily skin are easier to take care of than others, and unfortunately for many people, it has to do with their genes. Skin that produces too much oil is a trait that is often passed down in families. In this case, a more proactive approach needs to be taken in order to reduce the side effects of oily skin. There’s no way to change your genes, but you can take steps to prevent breakouts.

The amount of oil your skin produces also changes throughout the year, and for some people they find their skin produces too much in a particular season. For example, because skin tends to become dry in the winter, the body can sometimes overcompensate, producing more oil than it actually needs.

One of the most common causes of oily skin is medication, particularly any pills that alter your hormones. For example, certain forms of birth control pills can cause your body to produce more oil, but that’s not the only culprit. In addition to medication, overusing certain skin care products can also have the same effect.

Try to identify whether your oily skin is being caused by the environment, medication, your genes, or some other factor. Pinpointing the cause can be tough, but doing so can go a long way towards solving the problem.

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