For those plagued with oily skin, it can be irritating. Oily skin — brought about by your genetic makeup — is caused by the excess of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which triggers the sebaceous glands to produce an oily, waxy substance called sebum. If you’re predisposed to having oily skin, you could experience blocked pores that eventually lead to acne flare ups.
That’s not to say that sebum is all bad. It isn’t. In moderation, sebum helps to protect and moisturize the skin and keep hair shiny and healthy. Too much sebum, however, may leave you feeling like a frustrated seventeen year old with a bad case of pimples. Other factors can also exacerbate oily skin. Daily activity, the environment and certain foods are also contributers.
Oily skin can be challenging to manage and can require expensive skin-care regiments and prescription drugs. Home remedies, however, can often reduce the symptoms. Here are six ways to be less frustrated:
1. Find the cleanser that works for you. Oil cleanser actually help in getting rid of excess oil on the skin. The oil in the face wash attracts your skin’s sebum so both can be washed away at once. Cleansers containing salicylic acid can be used for anyone who does not like oil based cleaners. These exfoliate the skin and remove pimple causing buildup.
2. Use blotting papers. Blotting papers won’t prevent the production of sebum but they’ll allow you to blot excess oil from your face to help minimize that greasy feeling. Blotting papers are readily available over the counter, and you can use them as necessary throughout the day.
3. Hydrate your skin. Look for light weight moisturizing lotions or serums containing hyaluronic acid or glycerin. These act like sponges and pull moisture into the skin and hold it there.
4. Heard of honey? Thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic abilities, honey could benefit skin prone to acne. It’s also a natural humectant, so it helps keep the skin moist but not oily by pulling moisture from the skin.
5. Cosmetic clay helps to absorb skin oil and treat many skin conditions. French green clay, which comes in powder form, is a popular treatment for oily skin and acne since it’s highly absorbent. To make a clay mask, add filtered water to about a teaspoon of clay until it forms a pudding-like consistency. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on until it dries. Remove the clay with warm water and pat dry your skin with a warm soft towel. Clay masks that can be removed with water are more gentle on your skin than those that are peeled off.
6. Use an oatmeal based face mask. Oatmeal helps calm inflamed skin and helps to absorb excess oil and also exfoliates dead skin. To use oatmeal as a mask, combine 1/2 cups ground oats with hot water until it becomes a thick paste. Stir in a tablespoon of honey. When thoroughly mixed, apply the oatmeal mixture onto your face and leave it on for about fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a warm soft towel.
There are many concoctions you can use as a face mask that will help with oily skin. Almonds ground into a powder and mixed with honey and egg whites mixed with lemon juice are both alternatives that you can use as well.
7. Make the right choice when it comes to make up. Avoid pore-cloging foundations that are way too thick and heavy. Look for lighter textures and something that has oil controlling properties. Chooses powder over foundation if you think you can get away with it. Your choice of toner needs to be thought about as well. Use toner sparingly, and if it contains drying alcohol, menthol, camphor or peppermint, avoid it altogether. Overusing toner can lead to sensitive skin which may not be able to tolerate an acne regime.
8. Avoid foods like milk, butter and cheese which contain high levels of hormones such as testosterone. Eating these types of foods can lead to increased oil production and blocked pores, which lead to breakouts and acne.
Chocolate, grains, white bread, rice pastas, cereals, deep-fried foods and red meats such as beef, lamb and pork are all contributers to oily skin. Opt for leafy green vegetables, nuts, fruits, brown rice and quinoa and lean meats such as poultry and turkey and oily fish like salmon and mackerel.
Using these eight suggestions in your daily routine to fight oily skin will help you gain control of that glowing smooth skin that you want. If it’s hard to incorporate everything into your routine, start small with a few pointers and go from there.