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Moisturizing vs Sebum Control Skin Care Routine


The age-old skin care conundrum, how does one actually control sebum production? For those that have been plagued with oily skin trying to find the right skin care routine is a challenge in itself.

There are generally 2 schools of thought regarding adequate sebum control.

The Moisture Theory

This theory postulates that oily skin is actually just a product of dry skin. Because the skin is so dry, the sebum glands are working overtime to compensate and keep the skin cells protected and nourished.

Based on this conviction, some sebum control product lines advertise the need to gently remove excess sebum coupled with proper moisturizing. This will, in theory, correct the dryness of the skin and in doing so, halt the production of excess sebum.


The Dysfunctional Sebum Glands Theory

Now this one is more straight forward. Simply put, your sebum glands are just producing sebum willy-nilly and with no apparent reason. It is just how they are, how you were born.

Many products were created based on this assumption and aim to remove excess sebum all while doing their best to control sebum production and excretion.


The Battle of Sebum Control Skin Care

Well, we have had enough of guessing, and thus we put the 2 theories to the test. The oily skinned guinea pig (and author of this article – because talking in the 3rd person can be so fun) treated half of her face using gentle moisturizing products and the other half using sebum control products.

We did not do an extensive 10 step skin routine on the basis that well most of us find even 3 steps skin routines a real chore.

The steps involved: Foam Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing.

*A quick note, yes even if you have oily skin, moisturizing products that aim to control sebum production exist and have been used in this experiment.

Who won the Epic Sebum Control Battle of the Century? Results in the video – because seeing is believing!

Author’s Note

If you enjoyed this video and would like to see more DIY tutorials, here is a particularly fun one: DIY – Turmeric Face Mask

If you would like more details on the subject or if you have any questions, objections, hateful comments or highly deserved praises to offer please do not hesitate to leave a comment.

Also, if you have a product that you would like me to review and research, I gladly welcome the challenge.
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