Do you have oily skin? What are the causes and how to deal with it?

Oily skin occurs when sebaceous gland in your skin produce too much of a waxy, oily substance known as sebum. Sebum keeps your skin lubricated and protects it against excess moisture, but can leave you with a greasy complexion and increase your risk of pimples and acne breakouts if there's too much of it.

Stress, humidity, genetics, and fluctuations in hormones are just a few of the reasons why your face may be oily. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce oily skin and the risk of breakouts.

Wash Your Face Twice Daily

One of the most effective ways to manage oily skin is by washing your face twice daily. Use a gentle cleanser with water every morning and night; wash again after a vigorous workout. There is no need to wash more frequently since that could be irritating to the skin and produce more oil. When washing your skin, use gentle circular motions instead of scrubbing.

Another face wash to use is an activated charcoal face wash, which helps pull the impurities away from your face.


It may feel counterintuitive, but using a daily moisturizer is an important way to manage oily skin. When your skin is overly dry, it stimulates your body to produce more oil to moisturize it. 

Face Mask & Exfoliating

Using a face mask or facial scrub once a week will also help you combat your oily skin.

Or do you suffer with dry skin?

Dry Skin Symptoms

Dry skin can be different for everyone, since the symptoms depend on factors such as your health, your age, and the cause of your dry skin. But chances are, when you have dry skin, you’ll have symptoms, such as:

  • Cracked skin (the cracks could be deep and bleed)
  • Itching
  • Peeling, flaking, or scaling
  • Redness
  • Skin that feels rough or is gray and ashy
  • Skin that feels tight, especially after you’ve been in the water (bathing, showering, or swimming)

Some of the things you can check  is, your laundry detergent and soaps, heat, hot showers or baths, swimming pools and the chlorine and weather.

It's always best to find a natural cream or lotion use. Check the ingredients, as so many products have artificial ingredients and chemicals which is another cause for skin problems.

Always moisturize after a warm shower and use a gentle soap or body wash (hot showers, although they feel nice, cause your skin to dry out too much), being in a swimming pool, being out in the sun, use gloves when using cleaning products and after washing dishes, which dries hands out. 

If symptoms persist, it may be something that a doctor should look at.