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April 15, 2014

Oily skin affects adults, too!

With your teen years well behind you, you probably thought oily skin would be a thing of the past by now. Think again! A growing number of adult women are faced with this problem and its related inconveniences. Read on to learn how to fight it!

What causes oily skin?

Sebum (oil) is a protective lipid barrier that is naturally produced by skin to defend it from external irritants. When too much sebum is present, it blocks the pores of the skin, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Once this happens, blackheads and pimples are never far behind!

Its sources…

Many factors can be involved in this dermatological issue. For adults, hormonal imbalances are less likely to be the culprits than the irritants of daily life, such as:
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Pollution
  • The use of the wrong cosmetics for one’s skin type
  • Premenstrual period
  • The wrong birth control pill

Diet seems to have very little impact on oily skin. The same goes for smoking and alcohol. No scientific study has demonstrated their influence on this skin condition. That being said, you can stack the odds in your favour by adopting a healthy diet, limiting your intake of alcohol and, while you’re at it, quitting smoking!

… and its solutions!

Would you like to solve your recurring oily skin problem? Start with a thorough skin care routine, every day, from now on! This will help you eliminate from the surface of your epidermis all traces of impurities trapped by sebum, as well as tighten dilated pores, reduce the formation of blackhead and clarify your complexion.

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, morning and night
  • Use moisturizer
  • Remove your makeup every day, no exceptions!
  • Exfoliate your face, once or twice a week. Use a very gentle scrub to avoid stimulating your skin’s defence mechanisms.
You must use products that are especially made for your skin type or else you run the risk of irritating it further. Lightweight, hypoallergenic, matifying and non-comedogenic formulas are recommended. Moisturizers made with AHA (fruit acids) are also suggested, since they combine several beneficial actions. 

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Would you like to know for sure what your skin type is? Interested in finding out which dermo-cosmetic products will suit you best? Come meet a Uniprix dermo-cosmetic consultant. She can guide you in the right direction!