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Posted on: October 13, 2015

What Is Sebum

One might say that you and your body have a love-hate relation with sebum. When you have the perfect amount of this slick substance, your skin is healthy and protected. On the other hand, when you have too much sebum, you can be prone to acne. What's even more upsetting is if you have too little, your skin can be as dry as a desert snake.

 

You have sebaceous glands all over your body excluding the bottoms of your feet and the palms of your hands. Although sebum plays a very important role in keeping your skin healthy, an abundance can equate to shiny facial skin. Although not detrimental to one’s overall physical well-being, it's a major cause of distress for many people. For certain individuals, following a daily skin care routine religiously makes no difference because it appears as if they just ran five miles by lunchtime.

 

The key to solving the problem could be as simple as a visit with an experienced esthetician. There are many factors that influence the levels of sebum we produce such as menstrual cycles in females and hormone production in males during puberty. An esthetician help to identify the source and treat accordingly.

 

If you happen to suffer from excess sebum, following daily cleansing steps can help alleviate the problem. Knowing what products work and what don’t is the best place to start. Just as no two people are the same, neither is their skin. Everyone needs to take a different approach when it comes to skincare.

 

Following a skincare regimen with cleansers that are strong enough to counteract excessive sebum production can help clear your skin and keep it shine free. Keep in mind that using overly harsh chemicals on your skin will not help if you have excessive sebum production. This will only cause irritation to the skin. Sebum, as previously stated, is directly connected to hormone levels.

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