Oily skin is a skin type that is characterized by an excess production of sebum, or oil, from the sebaceous glands. While some have skin that’s oily all over, others have combination skin where excess oil accumulates in certain areas more than others. The T-zone, or the forehead, nose and chin, is one of the most common areas to have excess oil, regardless of skin type. Many factors can contribute to oily skin, including the weather, hormones, genetics and nutrition. In the summer months, we’re more likely to have oily skin when the weather is warmer and more humid. When we’re in our teens, our hormones are in a constant state of flux which impacts our sebaceous glands, in turn contributing to acne and clogged pores associated with puberty.
Oily skin is quite normal and by itself is not a serious concern, however, it can lead to a variety of other skin conditions such as acne, clogged pores and enlarged pores. While we can’t change our skin type, there are options to help alleviate excessively oily skin. In addition to following an at-home skincare routine for oily skin, there are many aesthetic treatments that can combat the skin concerns that accompany an overproduction of oil. Professional facials, chemical peels and LED therapy are just a few of the many services offered to help those who wish to manage their oily skin.