Nature’s rejuvenating mechanism often works overtime leaving you with oily skin. Sebaceous glands are triggered by the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) into producing sebum, a natural lubricant and water protectant. Imbalances are common with DHT, a metabolite of testosterone, and can lead to an oversupply of sebum and often to inflammation and acne. In trying to deal with high sebum levels ourselves, we often strip the skin of its natural oils and paradoxically stimulate further production. By measuring and tracking your skin’s sebum production we can monitor the progress of acne treatments and recommend appropriate, non-irritating products – essential in ensuring you don’t over or under-moisturise.
What is sebum?
Sebum is a complex mixture of lipids (oils) and other substances produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It is composed mostly of triglycerides, wax esters, squalene, and free fatty acids. The main function of sebum is to lubricate and waterproof the skin and hair. It also helps to protect the skin from environmental damage and keeps the pH of the skin within a healthy range. In addition, sebum contains antimicrobial peptides that help to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi on the skin. However, an overproduction of sebum can lead to the development of skin conditions such as acne.