Oily skin is caused when your skin secretes too much sebum oil. People with oily skin often tend be more prone to pimples, dark skin spots, and blackheads due to the skin’s pores becoming clogged with debris.
There are two types of ways to describe oily skin:
– Somewhat Oily Skin Type: When your skin is somewhat oily it feels and appears normal without having to wear a moisturizer, especially in the summer months. It will occasionally suffer from acne breakouts and it is not uncommon for your skin to flake due to varying hydration issues.
– Very Oily Skin Type ( excessive oiliness): is caused by too much sebum being produced in tiny glands just under the surface of the skin. Very oily skin never dries. It is oily all year round and it may feel like you would never have to wear a moisturizer. Very oily skin typically appears very shiny with enlarged pores. Very oily skin is prone to acne breakouts.
Solutions for Oily Skin
• Drink a lot of water: When you have oily skin, you need to consume at least 10 glasses of water a day to help flush out all of the toxins.
- Make a natural juice cleanser consisting of 4 tomatoes, 4 peppercorns, and a teaspoon of honey. Drink this first thing before eating and the antioxidants of your natural juice will cleanse your body.
- Detoxify your body and help keep your acne at bay by doing the boiled food diet for a week at a time every month. This will help detoxify your skin and help it bring its pH balance back to normal.
- Keep your Oily Skin Clean and moisturized
It may be tempting to buy the most potent beauty products promising oil-free skin to wash away the oil, but this is not going to help.
The key to looking after your oily skin is to try and reduce its oil production which can be done by making sure your pores remain clean to avoid oxidation. Re-balance oil secretion, the best kind of cleanser that works for oily skin can be a light foamy one, which has the power to break through all of your skin’s oil and grime without causing any irritation. Here are a few other tips to bear in mind regarding your oily skin:
- Do not over scrub your skin as this will just inflame your skin and stimulate oil production.
- Do not use harsh abrasive cleaners as these will also irritate and inflame.
- Only wash your face well twice daily in the morning and before sleeping. Avoid washing it more than twice otherwise, you will end up stripping your skin of all its essential natural oils.
- Use your Natural toner sparingly. Only ever use your toner in the oilier areas such as your T-zone. If you apply toner onto the areas that are not oily, it will result in dry patches.
- If you experience an excessive oil buildup between the times that you wash, it is advisable to use either blotting paper or medicinal cleansing pads to remove all the excess oil.
- There is a misconception that oily skin does not need to be moisturized; this is not true. You do, however, have to be careful when choosing the right moisturizer for your oily skin. Opt for moisturizers which are either oil-free moisturizers or water-based ones.
- When choosing a cleanser for your oily skin, look for cleansers and products with the following ingredients: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, and/or beta-hydroxyl acid.
- Exfoliate only once a week. This will help to free and remove debris such as dirt, oil, and dead skin from your pores. Exfoliating more than this will increase oil production and/or skin irritation possibly cause red blotches. To exfoliate does not mean that you should scrub your face, find products with ingredients that exfoliate naturally.
- If your pores are clogged more than usual and you notice the first signs of acne reemerging, try steaming your face to open your pores.
- When you have very oily skin, it is necessary to give your face a deep cleanse with a face mask. When choosing your mask for oily skin, opt for mud or clay-based mask. Such masks will open your pores up while cleansing and tightening your skin.
Essential oils can help these problems directly by reducing the amount of sebum produced, and indirectly by controlling the bacteria which thrive on the surface of the skin. EO such as but not limited to Geranium Lavender, Sandalwood, cedarwood, Cypress are a few examples of the effectiveness.
NB: you should always dilute EO in a carrier oil before application.
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