As far as skincare goes, sebum is a bit of a paradox wouldn’t you say? We need this skin-nourishing oil our sebaceous glands produce to stay balanced and hydrated. However, when they go overboard, excess sebum can leave skin looking shiny, congested, and acne-prone!
If you feel like you’re constantly battling breakouts, clogged pores, inflammation, and an uneven complexion, your oil glands may be in overdrive. And while genetics, hormones, and stress can hit the gas on sebum production, nature has provided us a perfect solution…
I’m talking about sea buckthorn oil of course which iis rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids proven to normalize sebum, curb breakouts, and restore a healthy glow to your naturally beautiful skin.
So read on to learn how sea buckthorn can help soak up all that excess shine while still leaving your skin supple!
What is Sebum and What Causes Excessive Sebum Production?
Our sebaceous glands produce the nurturing oil called sebum to lock in moisture and shield skin from harsh environments, but sometimes these glands get a little overzealous.
While it’s true that puberty primes the sebum pumps to work overtime, for others, genetics, shifting hormones, stress, or medications keep oil production in overdrive well past adolescence!
While a little grease can be good, too much sebum accumulation clogs pores and breeds bacteria. This congestion leads to inflammation, breakouts, and an imbalance of the skin’s harmony. Cue congestion, inflammation, and problem skin….
Problems Caused by Too Much Sebum
When your sebaceous glands are overactive, the excess sebum can cause a whole host of frustrating skin concerns. Here are some of the top issues too much sebum can lead to:
This is when sebum has nowhere to go when your oil glands are in overdrive. The excess gets backed up in your pores along with dead skin cells, allowing comedogenic bacteria to thrive. And the result? Congested pores that appear enlarged.
With pores congested by the extra sebum, you become prone to whiteheads, blackheads, and inflammatory acne. From minor pimples to painful cystic breakouts, excess oil creates the (not so) perfect environment for blemishes.
Oily Skin Texture/Shine
When sebum is overproduced, it leaves a visibly slick sheen on the skin’s surface. This oily complexion looks and feels greasy and unfortunately lacks that healthy glow you may be after.
Inflammation & Redness
The trapped sebum and bacteria lead to irritation, redness, and swelling. Inflammatory acne erupts as the immune system responds.
Why Sea Buckthorn Oil Helps Control Excess Facial Sebum
Sea buckthorn oil packs skin-balancing nutrients that become overactive sebaceous glands’ match! This golden elixir extracted from berries and seeds normalizes sebum thanks to an abundance of vitamins and fatty acids.
Rich in vitamin E, sea buckthorn oil promotes sebum regulation while protecting against inflammation. It also contains sebum-mimicking acids that signal glands to slow down production.
Brightening vitamin C joins the lineup alongside pore-friendly omegas. With antimicrobial power to boot, sea buckthorn tames excess oil and restores glow without stripping your skin.
Backed by science, sea buckthorn balances sebum beautifully. Say goodbye to oily shine and hello to clear, hydrated skin.
Sea Buckthorn vs. Other Sebum-Reducing Ingredients
Sea buckthorn isn’t the only natural ingredient used to help control excess facial sebum. But how does it stack up against other options?
Like sea buckthorn, niacinamide helps regulate sebum production, however, it may cause flushing in some skin types. Sea buckthorn is gentler while still normalizing oil.
This botanical extract helps absorb oil and tighten pores but can also dry out your skin. Sea buckthorn absorbs oil without stripping the skin barrier.
Retinol, adapalene, tretinoin and the like boost cell turnover to prevent clogged pores but often cause dryness and irritation. Sea buckthorn is non-irritating.
While other actives have their place, sea buckthorn oil stands out for its versatility. It helps normalize oil production while delivering nourishing vitamins and fatty acids. For gentle yet effective everyday sebum regulation, sea buckthorn is the clear winner!
Applying Sea Buckthorn Oil to Oily, Acne-Prone Skin
Ready to add this sebum-regulating super oil into your routine? Here’s a breakdown of how to put sea buckthorn oil to work for oily, acne-prone skin:
When? Apply sea buckthorn oil once daily, either morning or evening. Limiting use to once a day prevents over-application that could worsen oiliness.
How much? Start with 3-5 drops applied to clean, dry skin. Sea buckthorn is potent, so a little goes a long way. Adjust amount as needed.
Where do I apply it? Concentrate application on areas prone to excess sebum like the t-zone. Avoid applying directly on active breakouts.
Can I pair it with anything else? For best results, use sea buckthorn oil along with sea buckthorn oil cleansers (instead of salicylic acid cleansers which strip your skin). A great option is our BARE FACE sea buckthorn bar cleanser. Follow by spritzing a facial toner before moisturizing your face with the oil.
How often should I use it? Sea buckthorn can take 10 days or so to see results for persistent acne but oftentimes users report overnight success for healing a few active pimples.
If your sebum is in overdrive, don’t lose hope! Sea buckthorn oil can gently restore harmony as a natural sebum regulator. This gorgeously golden elixir contains fatty acids, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories that rebalance oil production without stripping skin. With patience, it reduces congestion and blemishes. Say bye bye to pronounced pores, nonstop shine, and recurring pimples as sea buckthorn works its magic. Rediscover your clear, balanced skin glowing with its natural radiance!