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#1 Bluegreeneyed

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:02 PM

Hello everyone!

I have been thinking about this alot lately, why is it when I was younger around till I hit about 18 (I'm 23 now) my skin became super oily! But looking back on pictures and remembering..I never had oily skin as a younger kid but now being a young adult I feel like I have someone else's skin now..it's really discouraging and embarrassing. My skin is very oily, I will apply my makeup, my skin will loom greasy moments later. Just curious if anyone has an answer to why our skin becomes oilyer as we become older?? Is this hormone based? Or something else factoring in?

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:32 PM

Hormones and genetics as far as I know. My father has always had super oily skin. I inherited it apparently. Frustrating thing is that while it's always been oily since I was a teen, now that I am well into my adult years, it continues to get oilier. Even after a course of Accutane about 13 years ago. It's frustrating. Perhaps menopause will help. saywhat.gif

 

Here's Dan's oily skin info page: http://www.acne.org/oily-skin.html



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:32 PM

Yea is hormone ...as you get old they change.

Edited by nakedsmurf, 26 May 2013 - 03:32 PM.


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:38 PM

Hormones and genetics as far as I know. My father has always had super oily skin. I inherited it apparently. Frustrating thing is that while it's always been oily since I was a teen, now that I am well into my adult years, it continues to get oilier. Even after a course of Accutane about 13 years ago. It's frustrating. Perhaps menopause will help. saywhat.gif
 
Here's Dan's oily skin info page: http://www.acne.org/oily-skin.html


Mine isn't genetic..my mom has dry skin and my dads is normal..I have no idea how mine is so oily :( dang yours is just getting worse? I really hope mine subsides as I get older!

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:47 PM

Im the same way. Ive had oily skin since probably 15 but now that Im 21 its really oily even after a course of Accutane. I hate it.



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 04:05 PM


Im the same way. Ive had oily skin since probably 15 but now that Im 21 its really oily even after a course of Accutane. I hate it.


Ugh! I was thinking about going on accutane but I'm to afraid of the side effects. Have you tried birth control? (If you are a girl) I have heard it works because they say ppl with oily skin sometimes have to high of the male hormone, & certain birth controls balance it out

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 05:43 PM

I always thought oiliness tended to reduce as we got older - but I guess not!  eusa_think.gif

 

I've seen a little reduction in oiliness since I was around 14 or 15 (I'm 20 now) but my skin is still quite oily. Can be quite annoying! But I do remember hearing that people with oilier skin tend to show less signs of ageing in their skin or that their skin ages slower... I don't know how true that is though.

 

It's not directly genetic for me I don't think - both my parents seem to have normal skin - and they never had issues with acne like I do. My younger brother's skin is pretty normal too and he rarely breaks out. It must be more hormonal for me - both oiliness and acne... I have been considering birth control to help with this but the side effects still worry me...



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:27 PM

I always thought oiliness tended to reduce as we got older - but I guess not!  eusa_think.gif
 
I've seen a little reduction in oiliness since I was around 14 or 15 (I'm 20 now) but my skin is still quite oily. Can be quite annoying! But I do remember hearing that people with oilier skin tend to show less signs of ageing in their skin or that their skin ages slower... I don't know how true that is though.
 
It's not directly genetic for me I don't think - both my parents seem to have normal skin - and they never had issues with acne like I do. My younger brother's skin is pretty normal too and he rarely breaks out. It must be more hormonal for me - both oiliness and acne... I have been considering birth control to help with this but the side effects still worry me...


Yup that's what I was thinking also that mines hormonal because both my parents have always had perfect skin (lucky!) but I know alot of women that have been on BC for years and nothing went wrong..I think the benefits outway the risks..but that's just my opinion.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 02:15 AM

I always thought oiliness tended to reduce as we got older - but I guess not!  eusa_think.gif
 
I've seen a little reduction in oiliness since I was around 14 or 15 (I'm 20 now) but my skin is still quite oily. Can be quite annoying! But I do remember hearing that people with oilier skin tend to show less signs of ageing in their skin or that their skin ages slower... I don't know how true that is though.
 
It's not directly genetic for me I don't think - both my parents seem to have normal skin - and they never had issues with acne like I do. My younger brother's skin is pretty normal too and he rarely breaks out. It must be more hormonal for me - both oiliness and acne... I have been considering birth control to help with this but the side effects still worry me...


Yup that's what I was thinking also that mines hormonal because both my parents have always had perfect skin (lucky!) but I know alot of women that have been on BC for years and nothing went wrong..I think the benefits outway the risks..but that's just my opinion.

 

I thought that as well. Oily skin is caused by androgens binding to the sebaceous glands and triggering then to grow and produce oil. So I thought as one ages and their hormones decrease, their oil would too. But it makes sense that it's not just the amount of androgens that causes excess sebum. Maybe oily skin can also be caused by an imbalance of androgens and other things that bind to the sebaceous glands, such as estrogen and vitamin D. Without those other things binding to the sebaceous glands, which would both block androgens and trigger the glands to shrink, the androgens are free to bind and cause excess oil production.

 

Women are somewhat lucky, because you can take hormonal treatments like birth control and spironolactone.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 02:53 AM

Not sure though but high sugar or insulin spikes messes up hormones and makes skin oilier. 



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 12:12 AM


I always thought oiliness tended to reduce as we got older - but I guess not!  eusa_think.gif
 
I've seen a little reduction in oiliness since I was around 14 or 15 (I'm 20 now) but my skin is still quite oily. Can be quite annoying! But I do remember hearing that people with oilier skin tend to show less signs of ageing in their skin or that their skin ages slower... I don't know how true that is though.
 
It's not directly genetic for me I don't think - both my parents seem to have normal skin - and they never had issues with acne like I do. My younger brother's skin is pretty normal too and he rarely breaks out. It must be more hormonal for me - both oiliness and acne... I have been considering birth control to help with this but the side effects still worry me...

Yup that's what I was thinking also that mines hormonal because both my parents have always had perfect skin (lucky!) but I know alot of women that have been on BC for years and nothing went wrong..I think the benefits outway the risks..but that's just my opinion.
 
I thought that as well. Oily skin is caused by androgens binding to the sebaceous glands and triggering then to grow and produce oil. So I thought as one ages and their hormones decrease, their oil would too. But it makes sense that it's not just the amount of androgens that causes excess sebum. Maybe oily skin can also be caused by an imbalance of androgens and other things that bind to the sebaceous glands, such as estrogen and vitamin D. Without those other things binding to the sebaceous glands, which would both block androgens and trigger the glands to shrink, the androgens are free to bind and cause excess oil production.
 
Women are somewhat lucky, because you can take hormonal treatments like birth control and spironolactone.

Yeah true we are if the BC actually works though. I'm thinking about trying it out.

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 12:20 AM

Over ten years, Ive been on 5 different birth controls, a few low dose estrogen, one regular dose (awful) and now depo provera which is no estrogen. None of them ever affected oil for me. Some made acne a touch worse and then over months and months, it got better but really i saw no difference in really anything skin related.

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 12:30 AM

Over ten years, Ive been on 5 different birth controls, a few low dose estrogen, one regular dose (awful) and now depo provera which is no estrogen. None of them ever affected oil for me. Some made acne a touch worse and then over months and months, it got better but really i saw no difference in really anything skin related.


Yeah I have been looking through reviews of different BC on here and some of the bad reviews scare me ! Alot of people say it gets really bad but better after a few months or it never improves at all O-O it seems like it works differently for all women

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 04:59 PM

Honestly the birth control had more of an effect on my mood. I would get very emotional on the regular dose birth control, very stressed out, horrible sleep. Maybe it wasn't the birth control causing cyclical acne, maybe it was my stress and lack of sleep. But  I get very mild acne around my cycle anyway so for me it was worth a shot to try it. The thing that sucks is that you have to go through different kinds to find the right one. Which can take a long time. My doctor made me try each one for at least 6 months up to a year before trying a new one. I wish there had been a way to know at the beginning that low dose was what I needed. 



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 11:04 AM

Honestly the birth control had more of an effect on my mood. I would get very emotional on the regular dose birth control, very stressed out, horrible sleep. Maybe it wasn't the birth control causing cyclical acne, maybe it was my stress and lack of sleep. But  I get very mild acne around my cycle anyway so for me it was worth a shot to try it. The thing that sucks is that you have to go through different kinds to find the right one. Which can take a long time. My doctor made me try each one for at least 6 months up to a year before trying a new one. I wish there had been a way to know at the beginning that low dose was what I needed. 


Yeah that's what I'm worried about its like a hit or miss. Ugh! Are you still using birth control? Do you think it helps your acne?

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 05:15 PM

Yes, I'm still on it but I see no difference either way with acne. But at least it doesn't make it worse! I'm only on mine because I have severe issues with my lady parts. (Endo, back pain, cysts-works wonders for this!)



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 11:55 PM

Yes, I'm still on it but I see no difference either way with acne. But at least it doesn't make it worse! I'm only on mine because I have severe issues with my lady parts. (Endo, back pain, cysts-works wonders for this!)


I have really bad bad menstral cramps so that's one reason I want to get on it also because I have heard it help alot with that! You give alot of helpful tips .I like you! Lol

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 01:28 AM

Yay!! I love that im helping! Ill do my best to keep up with that.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 02:08 PM

Less time in the sun (less vitamin D3) can make skin more oily. D3 has a lot to do with how your skin retains moisture and produces oil. A lot of people spend less time outside as they get older.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:20 PM

Less time in the sun (less vitamin D3) can make skin more oily. D3 has a lot to do with how your skin retains moisture and produces oil. A lot of people spend less time outside as they get older.


Would taking Vitamin D3 capsules help you think?