1.) Consider seeing an endocrinologist.
Many people suffer from oily skin, mood swings, a lack of energy, acne, and other hormonal symptoms well beyond their teenage years, but never think beyond the dermatologist. In females with polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS), testosterone is too high. In times of menopause, it tends to be a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) that is too high. Both of these hormones send sebum levels through the roof (Cosmetic Dermatology, 2007).
Hormonal therapy can be a godsend for oily skin. By taking oral drugs, such as antiandrogens, estrogens, and retinoids, many people find that their oily skin is better-controlled.
2. Remove dairy and sugar from your diet.
The reason for no dairy? Hormones like DHT (androgens) in the milk, which increase oil production (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2008).
As for sugar, spikes in blood sugar levels can trigger not only glycation, but also widespread inflammation and sebum production. The Standard American Diet is filled with simple sugars that inflame skin and provoke excess oil production. In one particularly poignant study, people placed on a low-sugar, low glycemic index diet (i.e., leafy greens, lean meats, brown rice) for 12 weeks experienced dramatic clearing of the skin – and lost three pounds on average (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007).
3.) avoid drying anti-aging ingredients.
Many people with oily skin simultaneously want to fight signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin as they get older. However, many of the agents used to treat signs of aging, like retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acid, can be super drying for the skin.
When you apply super drying agents to oily skin, the skin at first appears better. But after a few hours, the skin’s natural homeostasis is off. In turn, more oil production is triggered — leaving you needing even more product!
Instead, use amino acids, which have been found to do everything from increasing antioxidant and UV protection (Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, 1999), to promoting tissue repair (Journal of Clinical Investigation, 1993), to conditioning the skin (Conditioning Agents for Hair and Skin [book], 1999).
You can also get a double boost by using amino acids and peptides together. I love Preventhelia™, a patented new peptide that helps protect your skin from both oxidative and carbon free radical damage.
The major component behind the complex Preventhelia™ , tripeptide-33 has been suggested by manufacturer studies to additionally prevent photoaging (Monaster.AU). A rare peptide, tripeptide-33 has been suggested in limited studies to take down free radicals in the skin (International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2013).
Help can be found! You don’t have to live with very oily skin! Try each of the following:
- 1.) see an endocrinologist for Anti-androgen, estrogen, or retinoid oral drugs, if you suspect you may have an underlying condition.
- 2.) Eliminate non-hormone-free milk and dairy products, as well as sugar and simple carbs, from your diet as much as possible.
- 3.) Try a gentle skin care regimen, with agents that don’t strip your skin of oils and cause reflexive oil production! We love amino acids, antioxidants, and peptides.