It seems like we can blame our hormones for just about anything—check out this list of hormonal troubles. Your skin also is also a potential victim: Hormonal imbalances can be caused by everything from diet, exercise, birth control use and, of course, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. “These hormonal changes lead to overactive sebaceous glands in our skin and excess oil production which makes the outer layer feel greasy,” explains Joel Schlessinger, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist and RealSelf contributor. He recommends a gentle cleanser that will remove excess oil without stripping the skin and causing irritation, like Epionce Lytic Gel Cleanser.
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Some of our favorite foods fall into the dairy category—cheese, milk, yogurt, butter. But studies have shown that these products, milk especially, stimulate oil glands in the skin and even lead to acne. “Due to the amount of hormones they contain, dairy products can cause an imbalance in oil production and lead to greasy skin, which is especially problematic for those who are acne-prone,” Dr. Schlessinger explains. (Here are some dairy myths you can stop believing right now.) If you can’t find the strength to cut back on your consumption of dairy, he recommends using a detoxifying mask like Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque when your skin is feeling particularly oily.