Finding the best cure for oily skin can really be expensive and frustrating, and this condition is usually accompanied by other skin problems such as blackheads , clogged pores, whiteheads and pimples.
It’s a fact that there’s no real cure for oily skin, only control. And the only way for you to deal with it effectively is for you to understand its causes.
Some Reasons Why Your Skin Gets Overly Oily
- Genes. This skin type usually runs in the blood and can be passed on from parent to child. Either one or both parents will have this skin type. But this doesn’t mean that you have to give up and that there’s nothing you can do about it. There is still hope. A good skin care routine will help to keep your oily face in check, and keep this annoying problem under control.
- Hormones. Hormonal imbalance is the invisible trigger that signals to your oil glands to produce more sebum. When too much of the hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is first released during puberty, a lot more oil is produced which normally causes acne. DHT also appears to be high during a woman’s monthly period cycle and also during pregnancy and menopause, causing the skin to be more vulnerable to clogging and pimple infection.
- Diet. Even if most experts say that food doesn’t have a scientific connection to having acne or oily skin, still, a lot of people testify that they experience otherwise. You are what you eat! Filling your body with foods that are fried and greasy, sweet and salty treats, too much red meat, saturated and hydrogenated oils and dairy products can and may result to bad and greasy skin. If your body cannot effectively break down the oil, chances are that it’s going to be released through your pores.
- Climate & Weather. Summers are usually the worst time for people with oily skin. Pores seem larger and the face becomes greasier because of sweat and high humidity.
- Cosmetics. Ingredients and chemicals (such as mineral oil and harsh soaps) found in most cosmetic products can be too hard on your skin. These irritants can cause your skin to produce more oil and can also clog your pores. This is why using specially formulated makeup products for oily skin is preferred.
- Stress can also take its toll on your skin and hormones, resulting in an overly greasy complexion. So does an unhealthy lifestyle.
How To Control Oily Skin
- It begins first with good skin care. If hyperactive sebaceous glands are in your genes, you have to accept just it and resolve to taking better care of your skin to prevent this condition from getting worse. It all begins at home with 3 simple steps – cleanse, tone, moisturize. Remember that your face needs some exfoliating once or twice a week too.
- Change your lifestyle. Vices, sleeping late, lack of exercise and stress, especially, can greatly affect your hormones that cause oil glands to work overtime. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help keep your entire body in better balance, causing your endocrine system to function better too. Include simple exercises to your routine and make sure you get sufficient sleep daily. People who sleep more overall have better and smoother complexions, less oil and less visible pores.
- Relax and treat yourself! Below are some quick Bath oil – 4 drops of chamomile oil, 1 drop of geranium oil and rose petals should make for a relaxing, warm bath.
- Eat right and drink more fluids throughout the day.Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, foods high in protein and fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. These foods benefit your skin by increasing its immunity, normalize stress levels, stimulate blood circulation and encourage fast healing and new cell reproduction.Drinking lots of water also flushes out toxins in your body and prevents dry skin. When your skin is dehydrated, your sebaceous glands will kick in to protect it from moisture loss.
- Cleansing and refreshing your skin. Keep a clean face all the time by washing with alcohol-free facial cleansers and by avoiding harsh soaps that can irritate your skin. You can make a really great natural face refresher out of some lemon juice, cucumber juice, witch hazel and water mixed in a squirt bottle. Keep this cold mix in the fridge together with your other skincare products for a cooling effect once you apply them.
- Wear less makeup and use oil-free or powder-based cosmetics in general. This will help to prevent that shiny complexion and will also aid in the prevention of clogged pores. Use a good sunscreen when you’re outdoors to prevent sun damage, but choose a sunscreen with SPF 30+ (there’s even SPF 50+ these days). Try a few different product till you find a light sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin and won’t feel too greasy on your face.
Natural Remedies To Try:
- Facial cleanser – mix 2 tbsp of milk with 2 drops of lavender or sandalwood oil. Use this to wash your face. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
- Do-it-yourself Facial Scrub Treatments – lemon juice, 1 tbsp of rice powder and corn flour – the rice powder is a natural exfoliant that leaves the skin shine-free and radiant, while the lemon adds a refreshing scent and acts as a brightening agent for dark spots and acne marks. Avoid use if you have sensitive skin.
- Home-made Facial Masks – This is great for those of you who want to reduce shiny complexions. Make a paste out of water, 2 tbsp green clay, 1 tbsp each of honey and yogurt, plus two drops each of lemon juice and lavender oil. Put it on the same way you use a facial mask. Allow it to dry and suck up excess oil and dirt from your face then rinse with tepid water.
By using some of these natural oily skin remedies and tips, you can make a big difference in the way you feel and look.