Friday, February 15, 2008

Oily Skin And Puberty

Oily Skin & Puberty by Louise Forrest

Most of us do not look at our skin at all, except on our faces. It is only then it is realized that there is a little more oil on the face, and then we look at our arms and find we have oily skin.
Oily skin is generally present after puberty begins, and the transition to teenager starts. Oily skin also starts during the hormonal changes that take place when people enter the post-menopausal stage. In some people, it is present for a variety of other reasons, which includes diet, climatic conditions, and lifestyle.

Oily skin takes mainly because of the changes in hormonal activity within the body. In the young, it is because of a small subset of cells in the hormone change, which triggers a reaction on the body's immune system that there is a problem on the skin, and the skin, alerted, as an early warning system, gets more white blood cells to that area, and the oil glands also started producing oil in excess. The excess oil is sought to be released via the skin route, and thus begins the journey of the oily skin. Since the body oil is exposed through the pores, with the skin having taken what is necessary for it, the skin pores open to let the excess oil out.

On contact with the environment, some of the oil evaporates, but since it has been received in excess, it forms a form of a blister, or scales, and thus people with this hormonal imbalance get pimples, acne, blackheads, etc., on the face or scales in the folds of the skin, especially in the abdomen, armpits, or the legs.

These symptoms of oily skin disappear once the hormonal change has completed its transition. And slowly the oily skins returns to normal color.

The problem that presents itself is when oily skin, with it pimples, acne blackheads, happens to a teenager, it creates an immediate impact on that person. That is the age, when the teenager is reaching out and learning the cycle of life, and also the various means of attraction between the opposing sexes. This is inherent in all human genes, and should not at all be surprising to anybody. Nature has made us all this way.

The first treatment that anybody having this oily skin problem is first to restore their self confidence. The teenagers must be made aware that they are not alone in this phenomenon, and that millions others suffer from the same problem. A look at various websites should assure to some extent your teenager.

The second is to be clean physically; A regular bath with warm water at least twice a day; use of a soft soap which has less detergent, and more oil removing properties, use of moisturizers which contain less oil, and also less alcohol base and conditioners which contain some palliatives to ease the itching sensation, etc. A large number of them are available, and they should be used, after carefully going through their contents. The very fact that a large number of lotions, ointments, creams, are available, should indicate to the affected that they are part of a very large group; otherwise there would not be so many facial products available for their condition!
Diet control should be practiced. Regular exercise and cleansing of the outbreak area with warm water, 2 to 3 times a day should help.

However, if you are not satisfied, you can and should consult a dermatologist who possibly can explain better, and help you in this condition.
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