Top 9 Reasons You Suffer from Oily Skin

Oily Skin reasonsOily Skin has been a battle for women and men for many years.   As those who suffer from oily skin know, the excess oil on your face can feel thick and greasy.  This can increase the size of your pores and make acne more intense, making you feel more self- conscious.  Understanding what causes oily skin is the first steps to making your skin look amazing and balanced.

The top reasons your skin becomes oily:

1)   Your Genes– a great indicator of genetic oily skin is looking at your family.   This usually indicates you and your family have larger sebaceous glands which produce more oil.  Genetically, oily skin will make you more likely to have clogged pores and more blemishes and breakouts.

2)   Sun Tanning – tanning is so bad for reducing oil.  It dries out your skin as a temporary reaction and it actually triggers an injury response that will cause your sebaceous glands to create more oil to protect your skin’s surface.

3)   Your Medication – hormonal birth control and hormonal replacement medication will also increase your oil production.  Also, medications having a side effect of causing dehydration can also create excess oil production.

4)   Women having hormonal changes – including pregnancy, peri & pre-menopause can cause your sebaceous gland to overproduce to the max.

5)   Washing too many times per day – it’s true, we all use products to cleanse, moisturize, scrub and exfoliate.  But when we  cleanse too much or apply too much pressure when scrubbing and exfoliating, it will cause our skin to get more oily.

6)   Use of unnecessary skin care tools – For example, scrubbing with a rotating cleansing brush (NOT the Clarisonic.  The Clarisonic Brush oscillates making it a safe tool for your skin), strips and buff puffs can irritate the skin and also dry it out.

7)   Change of the seasons – as you might have already realized, in the spring and summer humidity increases, which can cause oil production in your skin to increase.  Also, in the winter months when the air becomes dry, your skin will get dehydrated.  Your skin produces more oil to overcompensate!

8)   Stress – A huge culprit for the overproduction of oil due to increase of more androgen hormones.

9)   Using the wrong skincare products. – for example, if you are using an oily skin cleanser but actually have combination skin, it can over strip your skin of the oil you need and as a result, your skin will overproduce oil.

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  • Acne Complex

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What Your Acne Number Tells You

We’ve all experienced the occasional break out, or even a full blown attack on our face, but have you ever wondered what might be the reason behind it? Here is some insight to the why, when, and what you can do to manage your skin issues.

Follow the diagram to see where your most frequent breakouts happen. Then use the information below to help kiss blemishes good-bye!

1 & 2: Digestive System — This is typically caused by excessive amounts of fat in your diet, binging on processed or ‘junk’ food, and lack of water in your diet. Cut back on the packaged stuff and reach for more water and water dense foods like cucumbers.

3: Liver —This is the zone where allergies show up first, so check your ingredient lists. Avoid alcohol, dairy, and fried foods and make sure to get in that thirty minutes of exercise everyday. The most important thing to do is to let your liver take a break by getting adequate sleep.

4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!

6: Heart — Sometimes this can mean your blood pressure and cholesterol are  high. So don’t hesitate to check your levels with your doctor. Not to mention your Vitamin B could be low. Decrease your intake of spicy foods, red meat, and try to get outside for some fresh air. Increase your Omegas 3 and 6 with more nuts, avocados, and flax seed. Don’t forget this area of your face is full of dilated pores so check the dates on your makeup to be sure it hasn’t expired and that it isn’t skin-clogging.

*Come by the Skin and Body Spa and check out Jane Iredale’s line of Mineral Make-up for healthy skin!

7 & 8: Kidneys — Cut down on your coffee and alcohol intake. You need to hydrate! Drink up!

Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Smoking and allergies can be the cause of these breakouts. If neither of these are the cause for you your body maybe too acidic. Decrease your intake of meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar and try to increase your snacking on green veggies and wheatgrass juice.

*Dirty cell phones and pillow cases are also popular culprits!

Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is a classic zone for stress and hormone changes. You can help decrease their effect by getting enough sleep, keeping hydrated, eating leafy veggies, and keeping you skin clean.

*Breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

Zone 13: StomachUp your fiber intake and decrease toxins. Try an herbal tea to help aid in digestion.

14: Illness — Break outs that occur in this zone can mean your body is trying to fight off bacteria to avoid getting sick. Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a break, relax, and drink plenty of water!

So next time you’re surprised with a unexpected visitor, look to your map for answers. Your body could be trying to communicate with  you! However, do remember that, as with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermatologist for a proper prognosis. You can always visit the Skin and Body Spa for a specialized facial and skin consultation. We would love to help you with all of your beauty needs!

Stress Solutions: The Ins and Outs of Stress

It’s that time of year. Summer is ending and our stress-levels are rising. But why does our body start broadcasting our stress to the world? And how can we avoid being “stressed to kill?” Refinery29 explains why our stress is problematic both inside and outside. “Our body protects us from a stressful situation by starting the stress response and releasing hormones to prepare our body for emergency action,” says David E. Bank, MD, a dermatologist and director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York.

Sweaty palms, a crazy fast heartbeat, and your mind reeling is your body’s natural way to help you not only cope with whatever comes your way, but totally rock and make it out alive and well, on the other side. The problem is that it’s not acute, one-time stress that you’ve got to worry about as much as never-ending worrying. It’s when your body finds itself constantly facing stress that you end up facing issues with not only your health but also your appearance.

“When you face a stressor, all functions that are deemed unnecessary to fight off the emergency are put on hold,” explains Bank. “Then, when you face prolonged stress, your body never gets the opportunity to return to homeostasis — so you could have breakouts, high blood pressure, weight gain, and wrinkles all the time.”

Read on for some great stress tips