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Oily-Acne Prone Skin

The cause of oily skin is not fully understood, but it is very likely that hereditary and lifestyle choices play a part. As well, those pesky hormone imbalances that occur most often in the teen years and also at menopause are a big part of the problem. Since the skin is the largest organ on the body, it also reflects the state of our general physical and emotional health, and problems on either front will
have a negative impact on the skin. Pregnancy and birth control pills, which alter hormonal activity, also affect the oiliness of the skin, as will diet, humidity, and the use of cosmetics.

While this stimulation is not directly responsible for acne, the extra sebum for which they're responsible produces more fatty acids when a comedo plug (blackhead) closes off a pore opening. The additional fatty acids increase the amount of inflammation, and more severe acne occurs.

Despite all the trouble that oil can cause, it is very important to the maintenance of the skin. When the system is working properly, oil performs the important job of helping to lubricate your skin. Oil also carries with it dead skin cells shed from your hair follicle walls. If you over strip your skin of its natural oils, it can leave skin more vulnerable to infection, dryness, and environmental damage.

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