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Summary

A skin is described as oily when it:

  • Has a shiny and greasy appearance
  • Displays pores which are slightly dilated
  • Has an uneven tone
  • Is thick
  • Is prone to blackheads

In reality, few people really have greasy skin, that is to say shiny skin over the whole of their face. A « shiny nose » is indeed more the characteristic of a person with combination skin with which only the ‘T’ zone (forehead, nose and chin) is affected.

The causes

The skin is normally protected by a hydrolipidic film composed of sebum and sweat. Sebum, produced by the sebaceous gland in the epidermis, therefore constitutes a proper barrier against external aggressions.  Sometimes they excrete so much or there are more of them than normal. This is called sebaceous hypersecretion where the skin tends to be greasy. It also explains why people with oily skin tend to be those with greasy hair – this also has sebaceous glands which cause excessive production of sebum…

Aggravating factors

Obviously, you can’t do anything about the size and number of your sebaceous glands. Neither can you fight the hormonal changes which take place inside you, during a pregnancy or menopause, for example. However, there is some good news, you can fight against some internal factors which intensify the oily appearance of the skin, such as:

  • Use of unsuitable products or products which are too harsh
  • Stress
  • Pollution
  • Severe tiredness
  • An unhealthy diet.

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