Troubled by oily skin? Looking for some easy home remedies to tackle your skin issues? Skin that shines is not always healthy. Oily skin is the result of excess secretion of skin oil or sebum. Although oily skin is mostly associated with teenage years or puberty, some people possess clear and flawless complexion for their entire lives. Oily skin deserves proper care, if you want to look beautiful.
What Causes Oily Skin?
Oily skin is a common problem for many, the midday makeup meltdown adds to the skin woes. You must have experienced your sunscreen or foundation melting in the scorching heat, making your skin feeling greasy. So what is the exact reason behind oily skin? Let’s take a close look at it.
If you inherit oily skin from your parents, you will be more susceptible to acne and clogged pores. This is because you have larger sebaceous glands that produce excess oils.
2. Overuse of Skincare Products
Everyone desires to have a younger looking, smoother and clearer skin. So many people make this common mistake of over cleansing and over exfoliating the skin. They scrub the skin using too much pressure. The skin on the face is far more sensitive and it needs proper care. However, this doesn’t mean you will overuse a particular cosmetic product. Since, it can have adverse effects on your skin and make it oilier.
3. Seasonal Changes
A rise in heat and humidity during summer and spring can lead to an increase in skin’s oil production. Sometimes, in winters the skin becomes dehydrated, so the skin produces excess oil to compensate for the loss of moisture.
Hormonal birth control and hormone replacement medications can cause increase in oil production. Sometimes, medicines can cause dehydration and this leads to excess oil production by the skin to compensate for the loss of natural moisture.
5. Use Of Incorrect Products
You have to know your skin well before using a product. For instance, if you use a cleanser for oily skin when you have a combination skin, then the skin will automatically lose its natural oil. As a result the skin will produce excess oil to compensate for the loss.
6. Hormonal Changes
A woman’s body goes through numerous hormonal changes at the various stages of her life. Hormonal changes happen during pregnancy, adolescence, pre and post menopause. So these hormonal changes often trigger excess oil production by the skin.
Stress is not only bad for health but it is equally bad for your skin. Since, stress triggers the secretion of androgen hormones, which leads to more oil production.
8. Use Of Unnecessary Skincare Tools
Scrubbing with a washcloth, using a rotating cleansing brush, hand mitts, buff puffs and strips can cause dehydration, as a response the body produces excess oil to compensate for the loss of natural sebum.
9. Sun Tanning
Sun tanning is never a good option for reducing oil production by the skin. It may temporarily dry out the skin, but as a reaction to the loss of natural oil the sebaceous glands will produce excess oil in order to protect the skin. Tanning also causes pigmentation problems.
10. Biotin Deficiency
Seborrheic Dermatitis (flaky and oily skin) could be due to biotin deficiency. Biotin deficiency is a rare nutritional disorder; it can be fatal if it is left untreated. It can happen to a person belonging to any age-group and gender. Biotin is a part of vitamin B family. Biotin deficiency is very rare in healthy people because the daily requirement of biotin is actually very low. Different types of food replenish the biotin needed by the body and even intestinal bacteria synthesize small amounts of biotin.
Biotin deficiency can be caused by regular intake of raw egg whites. Since egg whites have a large amount of avidin, which binds biotin strongly. Also genetic disorders like biotinidase deficiency, multiple carboxylase deficiency and Holocarboxylase Synthetase deficiency can lead to inborn or late-onset forms of deficiency. Supplementation with biotin is a primary method of treatment.
How To Recognize Oily Skin?
The hormones called androgens stimulate healthy oil production, which is beneficial for our skin. But, the same thing becomes a problem when the oil production happens in excess amounts. This excess oil makes our skin appear greasy.
A simple test can be performed to check whether your skin is oily or not:
- Take a paper napkin and press it on your face.
- Specially the T-zone area (the entire forehead down to your nose and chin).
- Press the napkin for few seconds.
- The paper will appear translucent with oil when you pull it out.
Dos And Don’ts
Here are a few things, which you should keep in mind, if you have oily skin:
- It is important to take care of oily skin. Whether it is less oily or more, proper care should be taken to avoid further damage.
- Avoid experimenting with your skin.
- Never treat oily skin with newly launched products without proper knowledge.
- Too much of exfoliation and toning will make your skin even more oily.
Home Remedies To Treat Oily Skin:
If your skin produces excess natural oil, and if your genes are responsible for it, then you can only try your level best to make the oily skin look great. Here are some oily skin care home remedies that you can follow to keep your skin fresh and flawless.
- Washing your face with lukewarm water 3 times a day will help remove excess oil and stop acne formation. Try to splash cold water on your face; this will close the pores and maintain the pH balance of your skin.
- Remember, washing your face too often can dry out your skin.
Deep cleansing is essential for a healthy skin. Remember that some amount of oil is essential for healthy skin; if your cleanser removes too much oil then the layer of protection will be lost. So avoid cleansers that contain oils, waxes and soaps. Cleansers containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid) or glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy acid) may also be helpful for gently cleaning and exfoliating oily skin. These two acids are found in cleansers which are used to treat acne-prone skin. However, if you have a very sensitive skin then you should go for cleansers that have very low concentrations of this acid. Using a right daily cleanser is a good start and it should be the part of daily skin care regimen.
Exfoliating oily skin with a gentle scrub removes dead skin cells, grime, excess oils and makes it smoother. You can prepare an exfoliator at home with any of the following available resources. Here are the exfoliation homemade remedies for oily skin:
a. Oatmeal Scrub
- Take plain, unsweetened oatmeal.
- Blend in a food processor to break it into smaller bits.
- Mix with aloe vera gel (raw) to form a paste.
- Rub your face and neck area for 2 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water.
- Follow up with toner.
b. Honey, Baking Soda and Lemon Scrub
- Honey has anti-bacterial properties and moisturizes oily skin.
- Take ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon honey.
- Mix them well.
- Rub the mixture onto your face using clear finger tips.
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Toning improves the blood circulation to the surface of the skin. It closes the pores, refreshes the skin and adds a glow to the skin. You can use the following home-made toners to give that healthy touch to your skin.
a. Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
- Mix equal parts of vinegar with water in a small spray bottle and use it as a toner.
- Spray the mixture directly on your face. It is an effective toner remedy for oily skin.
b. Green Tea Toner
- Green tea is known for its anti-oxidant property and as a skin purifier too.
- Take a teaspoon of green tea.
- Brew it a little strong.
- Cool it down and store in a spray bottle.
- This natural toner can be used twice daily.
- A great option for oily skin.
4. Face Mask
The use of facial masks makes the dull face soft and bright. Make your own face mask by using the following household ingredients.
a. Clay Mask
- Take facial clay; it can be obtained from any chemist.
- Mix 2 teaspoons of clay with warm water and apply evenly on your face and neck.
- Leave it for 5 minutes.
- Don’t let it dry.
- Then rinse it off.
b. Egg White Mask
- It can be used to soak up the excess oil.
- Take 1 teaspoon honey with an egg white.
- Stir well.
- Add a little gram flour to make a paste.
- Apply for 5 minutes and then rinse off.
c. Mashed Mango Mask
- Mash a little bit of mango.
- Rub it on your face.
- Keep it for a few minutes. Then rinse off.
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Even the gentlest cleansers can have drying effect on the skin, and this becomes prominent with increasing age. So to reduce the drying effects of cleansers, you need to use a lightweight oil free moisturizer right after cleansing. Like cleansers, many moisturizers contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic and lactic acids. Age and sun exposure makes it difficult for the new skin cells to replace the older ones; this causes a layer of dead skin cells to come to the surface.
Alpha hydroxyl acids or AHAs can help to improve skin tone by removing dead skin cells and excess oil. The moisturizers remove the glue like substance that holds the dead skin cells to your skin. Once the dead skin cell layer is removed, the skin looks visibly glowing and healthy. So if you feel moisturizers are not essential for oily skin, think again!
6. Need to Use Sunscreen
Regardless of skin type, all skins need protection from the damaging ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays of the Sun. Sunscreen also prevent wrinkles and age spots from appearing on the skin. Since Sun protection is imperative, it is best to make an informed decision before you buy your sunscreen.
The sunscreen should be gentle and light and it should not clog pores. Choose one with little or no fragrance if you have sensitive and acne-prone skin. Choose a sunscreen with sun protection factor of 15-30. If you are hitting the beach or going for swimming then the SPF should be higher than 30. Apply the sunscreen again after taking a bath or washing your face.
7. Fuller’s Earth
Fuller’s Earth or Multani Mitti acts like a natural cleanser and skin purifier. Fuller’s Earth is rich in Magnesium Chloride that can help to fight acne and blemishes.You can blend fuller’s earth with rosewater or milk and use it on your skin as an effective face pack. People with oily skin can use fuller’s earth as a natural drying agent.
This is one of the best home remedies for oily skin as Fuller’s Earth doesn’t rob skin of its natural oil and moisture, and gives the skin a natural glow. It also removes dead skin cells and improves skin texture. To get a glowing skin you can make a face pack using one beaten egg, a spoon of yogurt and a spoon of Fuller’s Earth. Keep it for 20 minutes and then wash it off. You can add some ground almond and pieces of glycerin soap to the fuller’s earth and use it as a scrub to remove blackheads and whiteheads. Blend neem paste, clove powder and rose water with Fuller’s Earth to remove acne and acne marks. Fuller’s Earth also reduces suntan and pigmentation.
A Word of Caution
Remember that we all fall into one of these skin types – normal, dry, combination or oily. But our skin type changes with the change in weather conditions. Your oily skin may turn combination when you visit a cool place. So, always pay attention to your skin. Your skin will produce more oil (sebum) to keep it moisturized. So, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Don’t let your diet, stress, and lifestyle affect your skin. Your skin type fluctuates and changes due to these factors.
A Few Skincare Tips
Be very consistent with your skin care regime. Cleaning and moisturizing your skin before retiring to bed is very important. Apply powder based make-up and don’t forget to clean it off before sleeping. Use oil blotting papers during the day to absorb excess oil. Eat more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. And apply aloe vera gel at bed time to keep your oily skin well-moisturized without making it greasy.
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A balanced diet and proper lifestyle can make your skin less prone to problems. Some people, who have oily skin genetically, must be extra cautious while using skincare products. A daily skincare regime and making healthy choices while eating can go long way to solve oily skin problems. After all we all desire to have a healthy flawless skin, but we need to work towards achieving it.
Hope you found these tips and home remedies to cure oily skin useful. Leave us your feedback in the comments section below.
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