Living with oily skin can be very exasperating and often, as far as your skin is concerned, it feels like you never moved on from being an awkward teenager, constantly pestered with bouts of pimples and blackheads.
WHAT CAUSES OILY SKIN?
Oily skin is the result of the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands. These glands are located under the skin’s surface. Sebum is vital for keeping the skin healthy. However, too much sebum can lead to oily skin, clogged pores, and acne. Managing oily skin often requires a person making regular skin care a habit.
There can be many reasons for over production of Sebum.
Genetics, hormone changes, or even stress may increase sebum production.
Heredity plays a part: For instance, people with dark hair make more oil than fair-haired folks. But there are other contributing factors, including stress and changes in hormone activity. Pregnant women and those taking oral contraceptives are more likely to have problems with oily skin.
Oily skin and acne are challenging to manage. Still, home remedies often reduce symptoms without the use of prescription drugs or expensive skin care regimens. Here are some remedies for oily skin you can try at home.
While all skin types need care, it is essential to give more attention to oily skin to prevent acne breakouts and other issues. Here are some tips to prevent oily skin:
These thin, small papers won’t prevent your sebaceous glands from going into overdrive, but they’ll allow you to blot excess oil from your face to help minimize shiny, greasy skin. Blotting papers are inexpensive and available over the counter. Use as needed throughout the day.
Aloe vera is naturally cleansing and incredibly versatile, whether you’re drinking its juices to support healthy digestion or apply it to your skin. Aloe vera can also help to soak up excess oil, giving you a more balanced complexion. However, it is worth noting that aloe vera can be quite abrasive on sensitive skin so it is always recommended to test aloe vera gel first before applying it directly to your face.
Lifestyle changes and practicing a skin care routine:
- Eat a well-balanced diet and maintain hydration. Consuming foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin C, and zinc can help in controlling oil production.
- Do not touch your face. Touching your face repetitively can transfer oil, dirt, and bacteria from your hand to your face. Touching or pressure (leaning on your hand) can also increase oil production, leading to acne.
- Skin care regimen. With oily skin, it’s all about achieving balance. If you don’t wash your face, the excess sebum can trap dirt or dead skin in your pores, causing a breakout. If you wash your face too much (or too harshly), then your skin will produce even more oil to compensate for your dried out face. So, it’s good to establish a face washing routine that finds a happy medium. Also, wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser and be sure to use a moisturizer. Ditch any harsh soaps or products that make your skin feel dry.
- Don’t sleep with your makeup on! A face full of makeup overnight is like asking your pores to get clogged. Even if you’re the sleepiest person on earth, take five minutes to wash your face before bed. Your not-broken-out skin will Thank you in the morning.
Foods that help to keep the oil at bay:
- Buttermilk: Lactic acid is used in all kinds of skin care as it helps improve the texture of your skin. Buttermilk is naturally high in lactic acid. The high acidity gives the milk its bitter taste, but also skin-smoothing properties. Feel free to simply coat your skin in buttermilk mask for acne free skin.
- Honey: Honey is one of nature’s most revered skin remedies. Thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic abilities, it may benefit oily and acne-prone skin. Honey also helps keep the skin moist but not oily. This is because it draws moisture from the skin without replacing it. To use honey to treat acne and oily skin, spread a thin layer, preferably raw, onto your face; let it dry for about 10 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes hold a number of surprising benefits for your oily skin. They can help to balance your skin’s pH, limiting the production of sebum oil and tightening open pores. They’re also rich in vitamin C and capable of relieving inflammation and detoxifying your skin. So what’s the best way to unlock their potential? Just place one medium tomato in a blender and puree. Once you have a smooth paste, apply to your face for 15-20 minutes before washing off.
Try these very easy home remedies for healthier and softer non oily skin. Consult your doctor if you have a sensitive skin and for a complete skin analysis and choosing a skin care routine which is suitable for you. For a holistic approach and natural remedies, book your appointment today at Herbz & Healz AYUSH Hospital! Call 9043336444.