Oily skin and gut health: How can gut health affect your skin and why?

Having oily skin can be a struggle to manage, between reapplying powder or using blotting papers, looking after the appearance of your skin can become tiring. Understanding why your skin is oily can help you to eliminate the causes for unwanted shine. The connection between the gut and our skin demonstrates how our microbiome affects our appearance. By addressing the causes of oily skin, you can drastically improve the look of your skin long-term.

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What causes oily skin?

Oily skin is caused by the overproduction of sebum. Sebum is important in maintaining hydration and protecting the skin. Sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. While some sebum is good, when too much is being made, you’ll find yourself with oily and greasy skin. Having oily skin can trigger other skin problems, particularly acne. People with oily skin are more prone to acne as the oil on the face can trap dead skin, dirt and bacteria. This causes inflammation, breakouts, and blackheads will appear more frequently than for someone with non-oily skin.


Why is my skin so oily?

Your skin may be oily due to a number of factors including genetics, diet, hormones or environment. A poor diet can cause oily skin, as certain foods can influence our natural hormones and stimulate oil production. Sugar and dairy trigger high insulin levels which stimulate a hormone that causes the production of oil, leaving you with an oily face. In addition, these hormonal changes can be triggered by lack of sleep, stress or natural changes throughout the hormone cycle. As well as diet and hormones, another causer of oily skin is your environment. If you live in a humid and hot climate, chances are your skin will be oilier than someone living in a colder area. This is due to the high temperatures triggering overproduction of sebum causing that shiny skin we all try and avoid.

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What are the characteristics of oily skin?

People with oily skin will experience the feeling of having greasy or shiny skin due to the excess amount of oil on the face. People with oily skin will also have enlarged pores which may become clogged with dirt and oil, leading to blackheads or breakouts. People with oily skin will typically have less visible wrinkles.
You might experience dry-oily skin. This type of oily skin is usually confined to the T-zone, meaning you’ll have an oily nose and oily forehead, but see dry skin on their cheeks and other parts of the face. This means that you might get breakouts and blackheads, but also see fine lines and wrinkles because of dryness.

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The best skincare products for oily skin

The best skincare products for oily skin will clear away excess oil without causing dryness. This is particularly important in order to prevent your face from producing more oil to compensate for the dryness it is now experiencing. Using a cleanser for oily skin containing glycolic acid, like the Bioglycolic Oily Skin Cleansing Gel, will clear the skin whilst maintaining hydration thanks to the sorbitol in this product. Equally, a cleanser with lactic acid, like PCA Skin’s Facial Wash Oily/Problem will wash away dead skin and oil, preventing breakouts and clearing out your pores.

Toner for oily skin should contain ingredients to eliminate oil and clogged pores at the deeper levels of your skin. Products containing algae extract will eliminate oil, while toners containing salicylic acid will penetrate the pores and clear away dirt and oil that can cause blackheads and acne.

The best typeface cream for oily skin is a lightweight gel moisturizer, like Indeed Lab’s Hydraluron Moisture Jelly. The jelly texture of this moisturizer makes it perfect for oily, and dry-oily skin. Containing hydrating hyaluronic acid, this product draws moisture into the skin, thereby reducing the amount of oil your face produces thanks to its intense hydration.

Great sunscreen for oily skin is Heliocare’s Gel Oil-Free SPF-50. This product is oil-free and, thanks to dry-touch technology, doesn’t have that greasy sunscreen feeling that can aggravate your oily skin.

Although all these products are vital in maintaining your skin and reducing the oil already visible, these skincare products act as a response to your problem rather than resolving the root of the issue. The absolute best product for oily skin is the Skin Clear Biome Capsules. These skin supplements target the internal cause of oily skin: your gut. A microbial imbalance in the gut is the main causes of oily skin. This imbalance can be caused by diet or stress, as well as antibiotics. These capsules contain good bacteria, minerals and yeast to restore your gut health and prevent oily skin.

What are the signs of an unhealthy gut?

The gut microbiome contains bacteria, yeast and other microbiota that balance each other and keep our gut healthy. An unhealthy gut, or dysbiosis, occurs when these micro-organisms are out of balance, for example after taking antibiotics your levels of gut bacteria might be low in comparison to your gut yeast and other microorganisms. Having an unhealthy gut can manifest in a number of ways. Fatigue and disturbed sleep as well as stomach irritation are linked to an unhealthy gut. Most prominently, an unhealthy gut is visible through the appearance of the skin. Eczema, acne and oily skin are all signs of an unhealthy gut.

Unfortunately, the gut is an under-researched area. However, the most proven way to help reduce gut sensitivity is dietary change. Taking supplements or following a healthy or specialized diet have been shown to help eliminate symptoms of gut-related problems.

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How can gut health affect your skin and why?

Having an imbalance in your gut’s microbiome can cause oily skin, this occurs when one of your microbiota occurs with more frequency in the gut. Having an inequality in gut microbiota can affect your skin’s microbiome thanks to the gut-skin axis. The gut-skin axis is the connection between the gut and our skin. This means that when the gut microbiome is unhealthy, there is a lack of regulation in our skin’s microbiome. This can trigger the skin to overproduce oil and can trigger acne breakouts thanks to a lack of microbes and metabolites such as the anti-inflammatory retinoic acid.

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How can I improve my gut health for oily skin?

To improve your gut health for oily skin, you should restore the balance in your microbiome. Taking supplements like the Skin Clear Biome capsules is the quickest and most effective way to introduce missing microbiota and restore harmony in your gut microbiome, which prevents oily skin.

Avoiding foods that are damaging to gut health will also improve your skin’s oiliness. Reducing your intake of dairy and other animal products will help your gut health. Cutting down on processed foods or sugars will also improve your microbiome as these can irritate your gut.

As well as avoiding these foods, introducing prebiotic and probiotic foods to your diet will benefit your gut. Prebiotic foods such as apples, oats onions are superfoods that contain fibre that helps your restore gut balance, while fermented foods like yoghurt are probiotic, introducing good bacteria into the gut to maintain your microbiota levels, and minimize oil production.

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How to stop oily skin and how to treat it?

As well as improving your gut’s health, by taking supplements or changing your diet, following an oily skin routine to clean your face will better the look of your skin. Incorporating products like exfoliators and face masks into your routine will regulate your skin and diminish the production of oil. Exfoliating your skin will clear away dirt and oil and reduce the chances of a breakout. A good exfoliator for oily skin is the Pore Refining Treatment, which uses mandelic acid to exfoliate and kaolin and bentonite clay to absorb excess oil and reduce the appearance of greasy skin.

An excellent face mask for oily skin is the Detoxifying Mask. This treatment contains while charcoal and Kaolin that absorbs oil, while tea tree oil detoxifies the skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. This face mask treats your oily skin by reducing the amount of oil on your face and neutralizing bacteria that can cause oily skin acne to appear.

As well as applying masks and exfoliators, using a serum will help target oily skin and clear out oil and dirt at the lower levels of your epidermis. Using a serum containing alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid will exfoliate the skin and clear your pores, preventing the overproduction of oil. The Bioclear Lotion is an excellent serum for oily skin as it contains salicylic acid and glycolic acid which clear excess oil and prevent acne. This treatment also included antioxidants to soothe any irritation and rehydrate your skin.


Author: Isabella Dockery