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Why does the skin gets very oily after waking up? How to avoid skin oiliness while sleeping?

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When you have a problem with your sebaceous glands, perhaps the reason lies in the lack of proper skin care or understanding of your skin. Dermalogica will help you understand why your skin secrete oily after waking up & how to improve secreting excess oil overnight??

The reason why the skin gets very oily after waking up

Scientifically speaking, pores distribute on our entire body. But in the scalp and face, the sebaceous glands are often more active than other areas of the skin.

These glands produce cellular debris and fat. It is then secreted through the sebaceous gland ducts near the hair follicles. At that time, on the surface of the skin, a layer of excess oil will be created, which has function of retaining skin moisture and preventing water loss. In addition, it helps to maintain skin elasticity. But when we have unscientific skin care habits, it will lead to overactive sebaceous glands. So what make skin very oily?

2 common causes of skin getting very oily after waking up

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The increase of sebum production

The sebaceous glands are most active at midday and slow down at night.

This means that when you sleep, your body loses water through the epidermis or the top layer of your skin. That's because of the lack of protection provided by excess oil. When the body loses and uses its reserved water. It automatically activates physiological processes to prevent transepidermal water loss including excess oil secretion. So when you go to sleep, these glands double their production, which leads to secreting more oil which ends up accumulating on the surface. Excess sebum also leads to acne, so did you know if people with acne should use suncreen or not? Find out more in this article.

The mixture of excess oil and sweat on the skin

This is the second cause of very oily skin after waking up.

Sweat glands are distributed throughout the body. They are secreted through ducts located in the dermis of the skin. When sweat glands and sebaceous glands are active, the amount of lipids or fats is increased. At that time, the skin does not lose water through sweat glands, but a thick layer of oil is deposited on the surface of the skin.

3 simple ways to improve skin oiliness after waking up

From the above answers, we may be able to explain "Why is the skin very oily after waking up?". We really can't control your skin's oil production or water loss. However, Dermalogica's advice for your skin to avoid excessive oil production at night while you are sleeping is:

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Drink enough water

The best way to balance skin moisture is to drink enough water. Drinking water throughout the day not only hydrates the skin but also the body. In addition, drinking water also helps the body to effectively eliminate toxins.

8 Best times to drink water

  • The first glass in the morning upon waking up.
  • The second glass is at 9 a.m, about an hour after having breakfast and starting work.
  • The third glass at 11:30 a.m, drinking water 30 minutes before lunch is very beneficial for the digestive system.
  • The fourth glass of water is after an hour of lunch break, helps absorbing nutrients better.
  • The fifth glass of water is at 3 p.m, helps the body to focus more.
  • The sixth glass is at 5 p.m, creates a false effect of feeling full to avoid eating too much at night.
  • The seventh glass is at 8 p.m, at least an hour after dinner and before taking a bath to help balance blood pressure.
  • The eighth glass is just before bedtime, supports the body to regenerate cells, avoid stroke and heart attack while sleeping.

Have a nutritious and varied diet

In addition to drinking water, providing enough nutrients for the skin from the inside is also based on food consumption and proper diet.

Eat or drink water-rich vegetables such as cucumbers, apples, lettuce, cabbage and watermelon. If you are lazy, you can drink aloe vera juice or coconut water.

Sometimes you can also take a supplement to help moisturize your skin like vitamin e or fish oil.

Limit sugar consumption

Consuming sugar-rich foods increases the production of hormones called androgens. When there is a hight quantity of androgens secreted. Oil or sebum production becomes more active. If you like sweets, choose foods with natural sugars like fruit instead of processed candies.

Always keep your mind relaxed and have a good sleep

Stress contributes to the increase of sebum production. The body then releases the hormone cortisol. This is the reason that stimulates the sebaceous glands to secrete more for both the scalp and the face.

To limit stress, you should make it a priority to have a short rest routine. This is very simple, stretch and drink a glass of water after 45 minutes of work. In the afternoon, you should take a short nap of at least 15 minutes. Thus the body will recover and increase alertness after half a day of work.

At the end of the day, to have a good night's sleep, you should take a warm bath or read a book before going to bed. You should sleep for 7 to 8 hours a day. This is a very simple habit, but it has huge benefits for your entire body and mind.


Through 2 big questions: Why does the skin become very oily after waking up? How to avoid skin oiliness overnight? Dermalogica hopes you've got your answer. In addition to the method sharing above, readers need to have products suitable for their skin type and skin problems. You can also read about Dermalogica's oil control cleanser for acne skin here. Wish you always have the best skin ever.

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