Lipids or fats are essential to the skin. They are secreted by the sebaceous glands. Water and lipids compose the protective hydro-lipid film of the skin. However, various factors can lead to an excess of lipids on the skin surface: a natural physiological pattern, stress (adrenaline stimulates the sebaceous glands), an unbalanced diet, hot, humid weather, for example.
Manifestations of excess sebum on the skin are: shiny skin (particularly on the "T zone" of the forehead, nose and chin), enlarged pores, blackheads, or in more severe cases skin imperfections and even a tendency to skin irritation
Effective dermatological molecules
There are three types of molecules to regulate excess sebum on the skin:
'Absorbing' molecules, which have the effect of micro-sponges to reduce shiny skin due to sebum.
Keratolytic or exfoliant ingredients, which release excess dead cells from the skin, loaded with sebum, reduce pores and improve skin quality, for example, Salicylic Acid or Glycolic Acid.
Ingredients that inhibit lipid production, by acting on the sebaceous gland to regulate the flow of oil.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle can reduce oily skin. Here are some daily routines to adopt:
Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight, which causes 80% of skin aging.
Minimize sun exposure, or use adequate protection (clothing, sunglasses, hat, sun cream with very high anti-UVA-UVB protection ...).
Opt for treatments with as few ingredients as possible to prevent intolerance, fragrance-free and colorant-free for example.
Avoid cleansing your skin with soap and water. Opt for soap-free cleansers.
Do not stress your skin with abrasive exfoliants, in the medium-term they can increase lipid secretion (rebound effect).
Adopt a balanced, varied and moderate diet.
Respect your sleep cycles.
Avoid smoking as much as possible.
Get active, do some sport, reasonably but regularly.