Oily skin (seborrhea) is caused by excess skin oil (sebum). During puberty, increased androgen levels, which are male hormones present in both males and females, signal the oil glands of the skin to mature. At this time the body begins producing much more skin oil. For some people, oil glands go into overdrive and the skin takes on an oily look. This oily appearance normally subsides to some degree after puberty, but can persist into adulthood, and is often seasonal, coinciding with humid weather. The good news is that most experts agree that oily skin helps skin age more slowly with fewer wrinkles. The bad news is that oily skin can look, well, oily. Also, as a whole, people with oilier skin tend to suffer more with acne.
What to do about it
Blotting papers / Oil absorbing sheets / Paper towels / Tissues:
Oily skin is an unavoidable part of adolescence for many people and often cannot be eliminated entirely. Blotting the skin with over-the-counter oil-absorbing sheets/papers/cloths/tissues, or even run-of-the-mill brown paper towels are inexpensive and helpful options that can keep shine down on particularly oily days. Many people will only need to blot the skin during adolescence until nature kicks in and reduces oil production on its own. However, even adults sometimes suffer with oily skin and these products are always there to assist when needed. Just be sure not to wipe the skin with them. This can cause irritation, which can aggravate acne. Instead, blot the skin extremely gently to avoid irritation.
Note: If using facial tissues, use regular variety and not “lotion ” or “menthol” containing tissues which sometimes have ingredients which may clog pores.