What is sebum?
In simple terms, sebum is the oil secreted by your skin’s sebaceous glands. What are sebaceous glands then, you wonder? These are small glands that are attached to your hair follicles. These glands hold the fat or sebum and push them out into your hair follicle from where it is carried to the surface of the skin. It is interesting to learn that every inch of your skin contains sebum except the palms of your hands and soles of your feet.
The ‘good’ effects of sebum
Since sebum is an essential part of your skin, it actually protects your skin from losing moisture. Sebum contains Vitamin E, which protects your skin against premature ageing.
The downside of sebum
The problem really happens when there is excess sebum production. This often results in oily skin, acne, etc. When sebaceous glands are in overdrive, dirt and skin cells block hair follicles and sebum starts collecting in the hair shaft. When this blockage is under the skin surface, your skin suffers from whiteheads while when the sebum reaches the surface, this bump oxidises and takes the form of a blackheads. You’d be surprised but even dandruff is made of sebum and dead cells.
What you can do to combat excessive sebum production...
The right way to control the excess sebum production is using a face cleanser that goes deeply into your skin and cleanses it while controlling the excess sebum. For that, we suggest you rely on the Fair & Lovely Multivitamin Face Wash. It removes dirt and grime from deep inside the skin as well as exfoliates to remove dead cells from the skin. The result? Brightened, deeply cleansed skin!