Those Things About Sebum

Those Things About Sebum

I concluded for myself after having a deep thought and research yesterday regarding having acne. I passed my teenage over ten years ago, but still getting server breakouts every year.

First, my skin type is the type that produces more sebum than other average people. I think genetics plays a big part in my skin type because when I look around in my family, my cousins did suffer from acne-prone skin when they were younger, but they did grow of it eventually. I might be an extremely odd one out in the family because not just my face that is oily, I also have an oily scalp.

What is sebum?

Sebum is what our body produces to protect our skin and hair from losing moisture. Sebum is a substance that is oily and waxy produced by our sebaceous glands. Based on research, there are as many as 900 sebaceous glands per square centimetre around the skin of our face. There are few sebaceous glands around the other area of our bodies, such as our palms and shins.

Overproduction of sebum?

Lifestyle factors, hormones fluctuations, and certain medications may cause sebum overproduction. An overproduction of sebum will result in oily skin. When our skin gets oily, our pores become visible, and our skin appears shiny and greasy. When we have excessive sebum in our pores, the oils attracts bacteria, impurities and dead cells. If we don’t exfoliate our skin regularly and use the right cleanser, it will eventually get clogged up. Then the clogged pores are inflamed, which will cause acne lesions which could be painful.

Products that I use to control my oily skin, gentle yet effective:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • Retinoids
  • L-ascorbic acid
  • Probiotic
  • Hormone supplements

Is underproduction of sebum good?

What happens if your sebum is underproduction? You will experience dry, flaky skin and itchy skin. Reasons that cause underproduction of sebum include malnutrition, exposure to harsh chemicals and allergens, certain oral contraceptives, prescription retinoids and pituitary glands disorder.

Products that I would recommed from my work experience:

  • Jojoba oil
  • Squalene
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Glycerol
  • Collagen


Sebum is an oily and waxy substance produced by the sebaceous glands. The purpose of the sebum is to keep our skin hydrated and prevent moisture loss.

Either having excessive production of sebum or underproduction of sebum is good for our skin. Excessive sebum production will result in having oily skin, which is more prone to acne. Too little sebum will result in dry, flaky and itchy skin conditions.

We need to adjust our lifestyle and skincare routine to rebalance our sebum production level. I recommend these products for those suffered from oily and acne-prone skin. I’ve used them in the past and they did its trick. I will definitely repurchase them when I get my acne breakouts. Those are the Clear Action System and Lumispa facial cleansing device with the acne treatment cleanser.

Clear Action® System

It’s a comprehensive system that helps to clear the signs of past and present blemishes and ensures the future health of your complexion.

ageLOC® LumiSpa® Acne

Little indulgences are some of life’s most rewarding luxuries. With ageLOC® LumiSpa®, skin care transforms into one of your everyday indulgences.  

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