I had never heard of sebum before I started using Korean skin care. But what is sebum and what does sebum control mean in Korean skin care?
What does sebum mean?
What is sebum?
Sebum is kind of an oily fatty substance secreted by the sebaceous glands everywhere on the skin. Sebum makes the hair and skin waterproof and protects against dehydration. An excess of sebum production makes the skin oily, greasy and shiny (or makes the hair greasy).
A sebum excess is very common in the adolescence and often causes oily skin, combination skin, troubled skin, enlarged pores, blackheads and acne. Even the elderly can get a kind of acne caused by enlarged sebaceous glands.
The sebum production in the skin can vary throught life, or during the year. Excess sebum can be caused by many reasons such as hormones, sun tanning, climate, medication, stress or diet.
If you have naturally oily skin, it means that your sebaceous glands produce an extra amount of sebum. You might often have shiny skin and your foundation might melt away? You look sweaty all the time and maybe have enlarged pores? The T-zone tend to suffer the most, ie the forehead, nose and chin.
Sebum control in Korean skin care
In Korean skincare one often sees “sebum control” as a characteristic of different skin care products. It’s simply skin care products that helps oily skin, acne-prone skin, combination skin and troubled skin to balance the sebum. Sebum control products might reduce the shiny oily feeling and get rid of clogged pores and blackheads.
Skin care with sebum control is often free of oils and has a low pH. Dehydrated skin increases the sebum production in the skin, meaning the hydration is extra important to keep sebum levels down. Exfoliation also helps when dealing with sebum. Exfoliation keeps the skin clean and free of dead skin cells and other things that might clog your pores.
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There are advantages with high sebum production! Sebum keeps the skin extra plump, thick and moista, and you get less wrinkles than your friends with dry skin.