Oily skin is caused by an overproduction of sebum pumped out from your sebaceous glands. When there’s too much sebum the skin looks oily and you need to keep cleansing the over productive pores. Moreover, it leads to the outbreak of acne. However, the good thing about oily skin is that it tends to age better and produces lesser wrinkles than dry or normal skin.
There are many factors responsible for oily skin. They include:
- Changes in hormonal activity.
- Women taking oral contraceptives.
Oily skin can be treated at home with natural, economical and easy remedies. A few of them are:
- Washing your Face Well: The first and most basic treatment for oily skin is washing your face with hot water, since it soaks more oil than cool or lukewarm water.
- Choosing the Right Cleanser: Selection of the right cleanser is very important. Use soap especially formulated for oily skin. Avoid products that have added moisturizers.
- Selecting an Antibacterial Soap and Liquid Face Wash: Choose an antibacterial soap formulated with benzoyl peroxide or triclosan to stop growth of bacteria causing acne. Similarly, the liquid face wash must contain AHAs, which decrease the oil in your pores and fight infection.
- Toning Your Skin: Homemade toners are ideal for oily skin. To make a homemade skin toner, put a tablespoon of sage or peppermint in boiling water and cook for half an hour. Strain the liquid and apply.
- Massaging Your Face: To make a homemade massaging mask, mix 2 teaspoons of dry oats with witch hazel and make paste. Massage into your skin and then rinse. Buttermilk is also another good moisturizing agent for oily skin.
- Using Oil Cutting Facial Mask: Masks may be of two types – Clay masks or mud masks, which help to decrease greasiness as well as assist in toning the skin. One such mask is made of egg-whites. Mix a teaspoon of honey with one egg white and little flour to form a paste. Leave the mask on your face for around ten minutes and rinse with warm water. Another good homemade mask to help unclog the pores is prepared by using mango pulp. First mash the mango until pulpy and soft. Then apply to your skin for a few minutes till it dries. Rinse off with warm water. Similarly, lemon juice can also be used for the same purpose. Mash an apple and mix one teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of sage or peppermint. Keep mask on your face for 5 minutes and rinse off.
- Drinking Water: Clean and healthy skin requires being hydrated. This can be obtained by drinking at least 10-12 glasses of water daily. The excessive uses of beverages that contain caffeine like tea, coffee and fizzy drinks should be avoided.
- Eating Right: Avoid oily and fried foods in your meals. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. This will lead to a healthy and glowing skin.