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Why do most American Native Indians have oily skin?

Asked by john65pennington (29080 points ) April 16th, 2011

My wife has b______ched for 45 years, about my oily skin. I am ⅓rd Cherokee Indian. No matter how many times a day I wash my face, I still have a shiny, oily face. And, this also includes an oily bed pillow, after two nights of sleeping on it. I have run out of excuses. I can thank my oily skin for not allowing many face wrinkles at age 67. Question: is having oily skin an indian curse or am I just one of the lucky ones?

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Vunessuh's avatar

My mother and I are both Cherokee and we don’t have this problem. In fact, I’ve never made a correlation between the two and I know a lot of people with American Indian in their blood. Perhaps you just have oily skin and it’s not necessarily due to being Indian.

everephebe's avatar

I believe @Vunessuh is correct.
You’re just “one of the lucky ones.”
Good luck with the wife though, cheers. :D

Afos22's avatar

If you guys are really native American, it is strange that you don’t call yourself ‘native American’ instead of American Indian. Anyway, there shouldn’t be a link between nationality and skin oil content. It’s just you. Try using more lotion.

Haleth's avatar

This is correlation without causation.

gailcalled's avatar

I had oily skin and four grandparents from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland. Now I, like John, am lucky to have the skin I do at the age I am. As teen-ager, I was always daubing my face with astringent wipes.

faye's avatar

I’m from Irish ancestors and I have oily skin. My dad had oily skin. I think oily skin spreads itself around to any color of skin.

seazen_'s avatar

Our skin produces sebum. This sebum is mainly made of lipids. The sebum protects us from microbial infections and keeps our skin moist. Along with sebum, we also produce sweat. Our skin also sheds dead skin cells. All these combine and form a layer on the skin. Those who have oily skin, produce more of sebum. Hormones mainly activate the sebum production and some of us are genetically conditioned to produce more oils.

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ragingloli's avatar

From a purely probabilistic stand point, it is more likely that the oily skin comes from the other ⅔rds, don’t you think?

skfinkel's avatar

I have trouble with a question that lumps a group of people together—even if it’s not meant in a hurtful way. “Why do most….” is usually not true, and usually racist or sexist in some way. If you are asking about a problem, why not just claim it as your own?

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