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why am I producing more oil?

My hair and skin have recently become way more oily, and usually they are pretty dry. what causes more oil production? The only change I can think of is that I've started drinking alot of green tea, could it be the anti-oxidents getting toxins outta my body? its quite confusing!

Fri. Dec 1, 7:30pm

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Is it possible you're going through some kind of hormonal change, e.g. pregnancy, menopause? That's the only thing that sprang to mind, but a dietary change would make sense also. (p.s. Sorry if you're a gentleman. You post didn't say!)

Saturday, December 02, 2006, 3:54 AM

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When I saw the title of your thread, I just assumed you were exercising more. Sweat and oil production seem to be related in my case.

Saturday, December 02, 2006, 7:58 AM

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The less I drink the oilier I am (and I'm already pretty oily) - mainly because that's my body's way of compensating for drier conditions. I would probably notice this with increased activity, but for me that spurs water intake which helps considerably. Have you increased your activity and not compensated for it?

Having seen various docotors in the past about my complection - the general info I've been given is that foods do not stimulate oil production, which is mainly linked to homornes but can also be aggravated by too many harsh face products (which over-dry your face) and exercise. Have you changed your birth control in any way? It could just simply be a seasonal change and your body is reacting to winter dryness by upping the oil production. It may be counter-intuitive but if you don't already use a daily moisturizer consider trying one for a couple of weeks.

Saturday, December 02, 2006, 10:07 AM

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I sometimes get extremely oily skin...
I read online and in a magazine somewhere that when your skin is oily, the worst thing to do is to use drying products--they just trick your skin into thinking it is too dry and the oiliness will get worse.

I've found that by changing my facial cleanser to a cream-based one, the oiliness got a lot better. Give it a try and see if it helps. That's also what I found when I had a problem with dandruff-- using the dandruff shampoos might help for a little while, but because it tended to dry out my scalp too much, the dandruff would eventually come back with a vengence... Now, I make sure to use a light-weight conditioner for my hair whenever I wash it--I've found that the dandruff went away, too! :-)

Sunday, December 03, 2006, 3:43 AM

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To OP: Often times a change in your skin can be triggered by hormones (pms, menopause, etc), as well as extreme weather changes, stress, products that strip the skin, etc. I would love to know a bit more about your individual issues...I am a skin therapist and could try to help trouble-shoot....

Monday, December 04, 2006, 12:14 AM

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I'm assuming you didn't stop smoking (bcz you probably would have posted that), but when I quit smoking I got REALLY oily. The reason was that the smoke dried out my face. So, while you get cancer, it is a great beauty product (for you who are about to bash me, I am definitey being sarcastic about the irony of the product).

Anywho, the point is, maybe you had been in a place that makes you more dry, and that dry spot has...dare I say it...dried up?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006, 4:12 PM

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