Do you have oily skin, continually feel the need to wash your face, and wish you could find a way to make those pores look smaller?
You and millions of other people with oily skin are in the same boat. Mind you, oily skin doesn’t get lines and wrinkles as fast or as deep as people with dry skin… So that has to be a plus, although it probably won’t make you feel any better about your oily skin problem, right? ? it’s.
Oily skin is often associated with acne, however here we will focus on the classic oily skin type and look at the causes and solutions for oily skin.
Oily skin can be the result of several causes:
- Hormone levels; Age (puberty/adolescence, menopause/change of life, etc.); Morning after pill; Other medicines
- The pregnancy
- Cosmetics and/or skin care products that you are currently using
Oily skin may well be in your genes. People from the Mediterranean, some Asian and Middle Eastern countries can inherit oily skin from their parents. This is a genetic mechanism to help protect your skin from the high radiation of the sun. However, if you have inherited this type of fur, but do not live in the climate for which it was designed, this can be a problem and needs to be addressed.
Diet can be both the cause and the solution for oily skin. Eating greasy and oily foods will eventually lead to oily skin. It is the fat content of the diet (and the sugar that is converted to fat) that ends up on the surface of the skin and is a relatively easy cause to fix. Fix your diet and you’ll fix your oily skin.
Hormonal changes, especially during adolescence and the changing years of life, can cause oily skin, often associated with acne. Similarly, pregnancy, during which hormones change drastically, can lead to oily skin. This usually resolves soon after giving birth, the menopause has passed, or once the adolescent’s body reaches maturity.
However, often the very products you are using are the reason for your oily skin. They can be cosmetic products or products for the skin and personal care.
Products for personal use, such as soaps, are especially “dangerous.” The reason soap is a no-no when it comes to oily skin is that the soap you use to wash your face will initially remove the oil, but it will also dry out the skin, causing the skin to overreact and produce excess oil. it is then secreted onto the surface of the skin and whoops, you have oily skin again. This is a condition known as reactive seborrhea.
Another factor that can lead to oily skin is the climate in which you live. Hot and humid weather can make your skin oily.
Many people have fatty areas on one area of the face, but other areas may well be normal or dry. This is known as combination skin. Often the oily area is on the
Zone T. That is the area covered by the forehead, the nasal section and the chin. However, you may only have oily skin in one of these areas or on another part of your face. Regardless of where your oily skin is located, you will need to address the cause to fix it.
How to fix your oily skin
It’s okay, you can’t do much with the genes you’ve inherited, or the fact that you’re pregnant or going through a change in your hormonal balance. But it can still help your skin function at a more “normal” level. You can influence how oily your skin is, and you can take steps to normalize your skin’s oil secretions.
Let’s take a step-by-step look at how you can normalize your skin.
Basic steps applicable to all causes of oily skin type:
- Wash your face no more than 2 times a day. Doing so will likely overstimulate your skin and this will cause it to produce more oil, not the result you want.
- Use hot water to wash your face. Hot water is best for dissolving the oil. Cold and lukewarm water just don’t work as well.
- DO NOT use commercial soaps to wash your face. These types of soaps will dry out the skin and again this will cause the skin to produce more oil to protect itself against the drying effect caused by the soap.
- Eat a healthy diet. What is a healthy diet? Simple, use fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables; do not use food that has been pre-prepared and/or preserved; Do not eat junk food. Stay away from high-fat foods.
- Drink plenty of clean, fresh water (minimum 2 liters per day).
The next step is to choose the right type of skin care products. Yeah, it’s a little more difficult than just buying a cleanser and moisturizer that smells good and hopefully helps your oily skin.
- Only buy natural and organic skin and personal care products. There are many reasons for this, but suffice it to say: why put more garbage in your body than is necessary?
- Take a good look at the ingredients. You will want to look for ingredients that will benefit your oily skin type. Therefore, look for the following essential oils:
- lemon scented tea tree,
- orange flower,
- witch hazel,
- juniper berry,
- Pink grapefruit,
- niaouli and
- Sweet orange.
Many of these essential oils specifically help normalize sebum production.
One of the biggest problems with oily skin is that the excess oil that is produced tends to clog the pores and lead to bacterial growth (acne) and/or oil oxidation (blackheads).
So looking at this as a 3 step process:
1. Follow a daily skin care regimen:
- Cleanse your facial skin with warm water and/or a natural (alcohol-free) cleanser that contains essential oils and herbs to help remove oxidized natural oils and makeup residue. This will leave your skin feeling fresh and clean.
- Use a natural toner to help remove any remaining cleanser and close open pores. This prevents further moisture loss and, by closing the pores, prevents bacteria and other microbes from entering the open pores.
- Even if you have oily skin, you should use a light moisturizer that contains oils like jojoba or avocado as the main ingredient.
- There is one more thing you will need to do: use a clay face mask twice a week. Use green clay as it is the most drawing out of the clays and will help oily skin the most. Then follow with the above cleansing, toning and moisturizing.
2. Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water.
- This step is important because regular exercise will promote increased blood circulation helping to nourish your skin, while providing a better blood supply to your skin’s surface. Sweating (and additional water consumption) will help flush toxins from your skin pores, but remember to increase your water intake by at least 0.5 liters on days you exercise.