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Yep, hormones and genes usually. All the males on one side of my family have oily skin and as a result I have oily skin. Throw in the fact that I'm a teenager and you've got an oil machine - hurray.

However, don't think that what you eat will increase or decrease your oil production. That would only be the case if what you ate caused your hormones to stimulate your sebaceous glands can cause you to produce more oil. Makes sense, right?

If you want to control your oil or make it less apparent there's certain things you can do. From the top of my head...

1. Use oil free make up and moisturizers (you would be anyways if you had acne since you wouldn't want to risk clogging your pores)
2. Use a soap that doesn't dry your face out too much.
3. Moisturize where you need to.
4. There are blotting sheets you can buy or just tissues or paper towels you can dab your face with. They will pick up the oil, but the oil will return and it's not the most efficient solution.
5. I believe there's products out there called "shine control" that make the sheen caused by oil on the skin to be less prevalent.
6. Prescription medication. The most popular around here (and I love it, my derm gave me a few sample tubes and you just need a little bit and boom, oil free all day long) is Clinac OC Gel. There's normal Clinac OC which is a oil absorbing gel you put on your face, and there's a new Clinac BPO which is all the power of Clinac OC Gel with 7% Benzoyl Peroxide.

There are plenty of other ways to control oil but I can't come up with any right now =P





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