Overproduction of Oil is one of the main causes of Acne

Overproduction of OilYour sebaceous (oil) glands should naturally produce the right amount of oil to keep your skin hydrated and protected.

You can easily understand how too much oil can be a problem for your skin, but again, what makes your sebaceous glands produce too much oil in the first place?

One primary cause is a high amount of androgens, or male hormones, in your bloodstream. Androgens occur in both men and women; in men androgens are produced in the testicles and in women they’re produced in the ovaries. How much androgens are in your bloodstream is determined by another very important hormone called the sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which is produced in the liver.

When your SHBG levels are too low, the bioavailability of androgens in your blood increases—and therefore also increases in all the tissue your blood nourishes, including your skin and your oil glands. And guess what? Too much androgen in the bloodstream causes your oil glands to produce too much oil!

The opposite is also true: When your SHBG blood levels are high, you don’t have as many androgens available to bind to your tissues and stimulate so much oil production.

By the way, have you ever heard women say that when they went on the birth control pill, their acne cleared up? It’s actually a scientific fact, and now you understand why: The birth control pill raises the SHBG levels in your blood, which decreases the availability of androgens, which decreases oil production. I am not at all promoting any type of birth control whatsoever just thought it would be an easy explanation.

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