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Oily Skin Remedies

Sonia Nair
It is really difficult to maintain oily skin that looks greasy and dull. This story provides some remedies for curing this skin condition.
Some people, especially teenagers, have oily skin due to overactive sebaceous glands. These glands produce excess oil that is released to the surface of the skin, through skin pores. Those with extremely oily skin has enlarged pores that make the skin coarse. Blackheads and blemishes are common in those with oily skin.
Oily skin can be caused by various reasons, like hormonal shifts, heredity, diet, climate, menstruation, pregnancy, and use of birth control pills and cosmetics. The changes in hormone levels during various stages, like adolescence, pregnancy and menopause, can result in this skin condition.
This is the reason why teenagers are more prone to oily skin, acne and blackheads. Hot weather with high humidity levels is another reason for the skin becoming oily. This is a condition which can affect both sexes. In men, oily skin is mainly caused by the fluctuating levels of the hormone androgen.

Oily Skin Care

Though maintaining oily skin is a challenge, it can prove beneficial in the long run. It has been observed that, oily skin ages slowly as compared to other skin types. The oil released to the surface of the skin helps to retain moisture level and inhibits formation of wrinkles, which are among the first signs of aging.
In some cases, treating the underlying cause is sufficient to cure oily skin. For example, if the condition is due to the diet, a change in the diet may work wonders. If it is due to use of some cosmetics or birth control pills, you can stop using such products
  • If you have oily skin, you should refrain from using skin care products, which make your skin feel taut. Such cosmetics lead to shrinkage of the upper skin layer and clogging of the pores.
  • Cleansing is very important for oily skin, in order to prevent clogging of pores. 
It is best to cleanse the skin with lukewarm water and soap, but avoid harsh products that make the skin flaky, by ripping off the oil.
  • It is always better to use oil-free moisturizers. Moisturizers are not necessary for oily skin, but those who are above the age of 30 can use it sparingly around the mouth, eyes and neck.
  • People with oily skin should not use heavy cleansing creams. Choose a soap that does not contain any artificial additives. It is a common misconception that washing the face several times a day is good for oily skin. This is not true, as frequent washing may trigger production of more oil.
  • According to beauty experts, people with oily skin must use cosmetics which are specially made for their skin type. It will be beneficial to use an antiseptic day cream (before applying make-up) with benzyl peroxide as an active ingredient, in order to minimize the secretions of the sebaceous glands.
  • In case of scaly and oily skin, you can use a deep-cleaning exfoliant on alternate nights. Never forget to apply a small amount of moisturizer after the exfoliation.
A good skin care regimen is essential to maintain an oily skin. You can absorbent tissues to wipe the face frequently, as they absorb excess oil on the skin. Always keep your hands and hair off your face.

Natural Remedies

Most of the natural remedies are easily available and are least expensive. So, they are preferred to commercial skin care products. Given below is a list of natural remedies for oily skin.
  • Mix equal amounts of apple juice and lime juice. Apply this mixture on the skin, and rinse off after 15 to 20 minutes, using cold water.
  • Clay masks are always recommended for those with oily skin. Take a teaspoon of green clay powder in a bowl and add a teaspoon of honey. Mix them well to make a smooth paste, which has to be applied on the face. Rinse off using cold water, after 20 minutes. 
  • You may also use a paste of 'multani mitti' and honey. Clay masks can be used twice a week, for good results.
  • Make a solution of equal parts of water and lemon juice, and apply it on the face. Use warm water to rinse off the solution, and wash the face with cold water. This can be done once or twice a day.
  • Aloe vera gel is claimed to be good for oily skin, as it absorbs excess oil and prevents clogging of pores. Dab a small amount of aloe vera gel on your skin, and rinse off after 15 minutes.
  • Mix aloe vera gel with equal amounts of organic yogurt and crushed strawberries, to make a paste that has to be applied on the skin. 
  • Gently massage the mixture into the skin, and leave it for ten minutes, before rinsing with warm water.
  • You may also use tomatoes as an oily skin home remedy. Make some tomato puree, and apply it on the face. Rinse off after ten minutes.
  • Yogurt is also popular as a natural remedy for oily skin. Use it as such, or mix it with fuller's earth, to make a paste that has to be applied on the skin. Wash the face after 20 minutes.
  • Mashed papaya is also good for oily skin. Apply it on the skin and rinse off after 20 minutes.
Most of the natural solutions are found to be effective and free of side effects. However, it cannot be said that all natural products are safe. So it is always advisable to avoid using anything that causes skin irritation, allergic reactions, or any other side effect.
Herbs, like witch hazel, burdock root, lavender, chamomile, horsetail, oat straw, and thyme, are found to be beneficial as oily skin remedies. Lemon grass, licorice root, and rosebuds are also used for oily skin treatment. If you intend to use herbs, consult a qualified herbalist, and follow his instructions.

Other Solutions

It is commonly believed that diet is an important factor in making the skin oily. Even though, this contention is rubbished by some health experts, switching to a balanced diet may prove beneficial for overall health.
So include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, along with green leaves and food items rich in proteins. Increase the level of water intake and reduce consumption of fat, oil, sugar, chocolate, salt, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and junk food. Vitamin B2 deficiency may cause oily skin.
So include foods, like whole grains, beans, nuts, nutritional yeast, and wheat germ, as they are rich in vitamin B2 and B5.
Even lifestyle changes are recommended for those with oily skin. Refrain from smoking and excess alcohol consumption. Oily skin remedies include exercises too. Regular exercise and good sleep are indispensable, as far as skin care is concerned.
Disclaimer: This story is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.