Al-Sanabel Al-Thahabeyah (Sebamed) held an awareness lecture yesterday for students at Bayan high school for girls. Many teenagers suffer from acne due to changing hormones, diet and stress. Sebamed offered the lecture to provide girls with information about how to take care of their skin.
Hana'a, a pharmacist with Sebamed, opened the session by talking about skin types and cleaning treatments and methods. "There are several types of skin. One of them is normal. This is the best type of skin, its nice, soft and easy to deal with. Normal skin is smooth and firm to the touch. Another type is oily. Many teenagers have this skin because of hormonal changes. Oily skin is greasier and more shiny, and has a sort of hardness to it, not like the firmness of normal skin. The pores in oily skin are larger and more visible. This is because they are saturated with oil. This skin is more vulnerable to pimples, blackheads and white heads," she noted.
She then said, "The third type is the dry skin, where the skin is rough and feels tight. Dry skin is caused when the oil glands do not supply enough lubrication to the skin. As a result, the skin becomes dehydrated. Skin gets exposed to the elements especially in winter. However, sometimes this dryness can be brought on by not drinking enough water, certain types of heating in winter, and being in wind for prolonged periods. If your skin starts to feel abnormally dry, this could be cured by a change of soap, because ordinary soaps tend to dry the skin out, otherwise you should look at other, environmental factors for the cause".
Combination skin is when the skin carries both dry and oily features. The term "T-zone" refers to combination skin types where the forehead, nose and chin are oily but the cheeks and the area around the eyes is either normal or dry.
There are several causes of oily skin. The most important factors are hormone levels, heredity, pregnancy, diet, birth control pills, cosmetics and humidity or hot weather. All these are factors that affect the skin.
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