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How come my skin is so dry but it used to be oily?

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From moisturizing to nourishing, our skin gives us the protection we need, and it’s constantly adapting and changing to the environment surrounding us.

But sometimes, despite the careful thoughtfulness our skin has for us, dryness marks its appearance on spots that used to feel oily. It can be an exceptionally confusing and pesky experience.

Questions start filling our heads: what could be causing it? Why is my skin all of a sudden feeling like this? 

Relax, help is here!

Let’s take a look at some common factors that could understand your skin’s desire for hydration when it was previously feeling balanced with bits of oiliness!

Changes in Hormones

Ever looked in the mirror and noticed changes to your skin? Well, hormones might be to blame. In fact, hormones play a huge role in how healthy and attractive our skin looks.

When hormone levels vary, for example during puberty when we start producing more androgens, our skin tends to become oilier as a result of an increase in oil production.

As we age however, our hormone levels start decreasing leading to our stretch becoming drier over time.

Environmental Factors

Hot or cold weather, low humidity and artificial environments like air conditioning or central heating can have an impact on our skin’s health.

When we’re exposed to conditions like these over time, our skin’s natural oils are stripped away, which then causes dryness.

Our climate and lifestyle can become contributing factors too; if you live in an arid region, or spend a large amount of your day in air-conditioned locations, this may be why your condition has deteriorated.

Investing in extra humidifiers around your home could help add much needed moisture for daily activities as a first step towards balancing out the effects of nature and industry on healthier skin!

Skincare Products

When it comes to skincare, the products you use can make a big difference in your skin’s oil production.

If you recently switched up your beauty routine and incorporated some harsher formulations that contain alcohol, this could be the culprit for why your complexion feels progressively dryer even despite how much moisturizer you’re slapping on!

These types of formulas strip the skin of its natural oils, while formula that are too thick can block your pores preventing oil flow.

Finding the right balance is key and oh so worth it when you manage to strike gold with products perfect specifically for your own skin type. 

In other words, tailor made treatments beat one size fits all every time!

Age

As our skin ages, its capacity to maintain hydration begins to decrease.

Suddenly those extra shiny T-zone days may become a thing of the past as you transition from oily to dry skin. Unfortunately, this age associated transition also occurs on a microscopic level when you look closely.

The rate in which our skin cells turnover slows, resulting in apparent dullness and dryness that can quickly knock your confidence down a few pegs.

Medications

Certain medications can also cause dry skin as a side effect. 

For example, medications that treat acne, high blood pressure, and cholesterol can all cause dryness.

If you’ve started taking a new medication and noticed a change in your skin, it’s worth speaking to your doctor to see if there’s an alternative treatment available.

Steps you can take to restore your skin’s moisture balance

If you’re experiencing dry skin and it’s causing discomfort or affecting your confidence, there are several steps you can take to help restore your skin’s natural moisture balance:

  1. Adjust your skincare routine: Making small changes to your skincare routine can go a long way in helping you restore your skin’s natural moisture balance. Start by finding products that are specifically formulated for dry skin, while avoiding those with harsh ingredients such as alcohol and fragrances that can have an adverse effect and dry out the skin. Keep an eye out for formulas that contain moisturizing key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerine, and ceramides for extra hydration.

  2. Hydrate from within: Start your day with a tall glass of refreshing water – this is an important step to make sure that you are hydrated from within! Hydration is key if you want to take care of your skin, so don’t forget about fluids other than water too. You could for instance reach for herbal teas or freshly made smoothies. Eating a well-balanced diet also helps– include healthy fats into your daily meals which helps in keeping the skin nourished and dewy. Whatever you do, make sure that your body gets an adequate amount of liquids every day to stay hydrated from inside out.

  3. Avoid hot water: Taking long, hot showers may feel luxurious, but it could actually be wreaking havoc on your skin. Hot water can strip away some of the natural oils that your skin needs to stay balanced and healthy. Get the best of both worlds by switching to lukewarm when showering or washing your face. You’ll still get all the suds and bubbles without having a negative impact on your complexion!

  4. Use a humidifier: Secure yourself a humidifier, if you find yourselves in normally dry climates or more often than not in air-conditioned places. By doing this, you’ve taken the initial step of adding moisture back into your environment, helping your skin remain hydrated. It truly can make a huge difference when it comes to helping keep those annoying dry patches away and preventing any damages that may be the result of lack of humidity. If a humidifier isn’t your thing, you can also use plants that hold an abundance of water like aloe vera and other similar ones! That’s a sure way to give yourself greater control over moisturizing your skin for beautiful results!

  5. Consult a dermatologist: Are you still fighting with dry skin, no matter what remedies you’ve tried? It might be time to check in with a dermatologist. A quick conversation can help identify if there’s an existing condition that could be causing the problem. Plus, a professional can provide some insight on treatments so you can get your skin back to normal in no time! Don’t be afraid to take that step because consultations like these are beneficial in the long run.

Conclusion 

Dry skin can be an annoying problem, but once you understand what could be causing it, finding a solution is much easier. Factors like changes in hormones, environmental factors, the products you use, age and medications could contribute to dry skin.

It’s important to have a holistic approach to your skincare routine. That means finding the balance which is best for your skin between avoiding harsh external elements as much as possible and finding the right kind of product combination for you. You should also consider consulting a medical professional if you’re worried about underlying factors affecting your skin’s health conditions.

Taking these tiny steps can pay off and make a huge difference in protecting your skin from extreme dryness and rebalancing its natural moisture. Plus, everyone’s skin is different, so it won’t hurt to be patient as you experiment with what works best for yours! 

About author

Selma Durmo M. Pharm

“As far as I can remember I have always struggled with sensitive skin. The issues culminated in my mid-twenties when I started having rosacea flares and redness. My personal quest for effective, safe solutions took a professional turn, and I was given the opportunity to apply my (Pharma) background in developing a new skin friendly product line. My goal was to create something new, a clinically proven sustainable skincare brand. This science backed probiotic skincare derived technology is a product of years of research and innovation in personal care products. Metabiotics contain naturally produced hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, SMase, lipoteichoic acid, over 40 peptides and enzymes. All assigned with specific tasks for activating the skins native repair mechanisms.” 

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Clean

Following the principles of Clean Beauty, we have joined the dedicated stream of safe, non-toxic beauty enthusiasts.

Our products contain carefully selected hypoallergenic ingredients suitable for sensitive and reactive skin.

We’re committed to formulating with natural, organically-derived, and skin-friendly synthetics while excluding popular “good feeling” and potentially harmful compounds to provide the best skincare solutions.

“It is easy to get hooked on conventional products, with inviting perfumes and the instantly pleasant skin feeling. The sooner you understand that those sensations are short-lived the better! Choose Clean Beauty and allow the science backed ingredients time to work wonders on your skin.”

Cinically proven

Our products’ superiority has been proven in a controlled study on 50 volunteers where it was shown that four-week product use leads to a significant increase in skin moisture levels (39%), increased skin elasticity (50%), and a decrease in the appearance of wrinkles (23%).

Other beneficial effects include decrease in skin sensitivity, increase in skin cleanliness, evenness of the skin tone, decrease in acne formation.

This study serves as proof of the skin’s gradual return of its protective layer, integrity, and balance. All study results have been published in a peer reviewed journal as well as the full study report.

“Putting all science aside, we are most proud of our users’ testimonials. All tested volunteers claimed visible and tangible improvement in skin feel and appearance.”

Transparency

The greatest breakthrough discovery we stumbled upon is that skincare and cosmetics should not be sensational.

Personal care should be comprehensive, accessible, and efficient, just as all solutions that come from nature are.

We are often faced with labels such as anti aging skin care, organic skin care, natural skincare products, which lack the necessary explanation… What do these phrases actually mean?

“Grown tired of all the misleading, incomprehensive, irrelevant information used in the beauty industry we decided to stick to a no-nonsense approach. It is what it is, and skin care is not magic! It requires commitment, patience and understanding your skins’ needs.”

Sustainable

We are dedicated to neutralizing our negative impact on the environment as much as possible and have joined the stream of sustainable skincare brands. We’re taking you on for the ride (we’ve even packed the goodies)!

To help minimize our carbon footprint, for every product order a tree will be planted thanks to our amazing planters at One Tree Planted. It’s estimated that a mature tree nullifies around 20lbs of CO2 a year.

We’re doing our best to reuse, reduce and recycle. Wishing to inspire a circular economy we have partnered up, to create a customized recycling program. Collect three empty plastic packages to receive your Anbiome Recycling Envelope and follow the instructions on how to take part in our recycling mission. 

Your good deed shall be rewarded. For every three products recycled you receive one product gift!

Technology

Today’s trends in skincare require the use of synthetic active ingredients which interact with the skin. Our approach is to distinguish natural alternatives, which mimic the skins native repair mechanism and are more efficient and ecologically sound.

Translating solutions from nature into industrial settings is hardly an easy task, but it’s one we enjoy undertaking.

We have screened 500+ different wild probiotic strains from the nature, to find the most powerful ones.

Special fermentation process was developed to harvest powerful molecules (HA, LTA, SMase, LA and 40 peptides).

Result is the composition of native signal components and molecules that keep the skin balanced, healthy and protected.

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