Oily skin is not a disease, it is just a skin texture that bothers you and that you want to get rid of. Due to the lack of proper guidance and information on oily skin care available, it has become one of the major skin problems leading to pimples, acne, blackheads and many more.
Several factors are said to be responsible for the aggravation of oily skin:
CAUSES OF OILY SKIN
1. Inheritance is very responsible for oily skin, but so do hormones. Pregnant women sometimes notice an increase in skin oiliness with changes in hormonal activity. So do women looking for birth control pills.
2. Stress it can also lead to overdrive of the sebaceous glands.
3. The wrong cosmetics can easily aggravate a mild case of oily skin.
Some of these causes are within your control, but you will have to learn to live with others.
In most cases, oily skin can be treated at home. But sometimes the situation calls for more than just a home remedy. You should call a doctor if you develop severe acne or if you notice any sudden changes in your skin. Otherwise, follow these tips and try them at home:
TIPS FOR THE CARE OF OILY SKIN
1. Keep your skin absolutely clean – You may be well aware of the fact that the oilier your skin, the dirtier it looks and feels. And to get rid of this, keep your skin clean by washing it at least twice a day.
Generally, some doctors recommend using detergent-type soaps on the face. As a substitute, you can add 1-2 drops of dishwashing detergent to your regular soap.
While some doctors condemn the use of detergent-type soaps, as they are too harsh for oily facial skin. Instead, they recommend using glycerin soaps to cleanse your face twice a day.
If using a detergent soap irritates the skin on your face, try glycerin soap, readily available without a prescription.
2. Try Aloe Vera – This wonderful houseplant is the best for absorbing oils from the skin. Cut a leaf and spread the gel on your face 3 times a day. Let it dry. Or you can also keep a small amount of gel in the refrigerator during summers for a refreshing facial rejuvenation.
3. Clean with Astringents – Clean oily spots on your face by rubbing alcohol or a combination of alcohol and acetone which helps degrease your oily skin. Many pharmacies even sell individually wrapped alcohol wipes that are truly portable—you can carry them in your bag for quick touch-ups throughout the day.
4. Take tissues with you – Facial tissues are the best substitute for astringents, as they help absorb excess oil in the blink of an eye. Get those special oil-absorbing wipes from a cosmetics counter that come in handy for removing excess oil between cleansings.
5. Rinse your face with cold water – Simply splashing your face with cold water and blotting it dry a few times a day is equivalent to applying chemicals to your skin. These cold water rinses remove excess oil from your face.
6. Say NO to moisturizers – Never chase those enticing ads that force you to buy facial moisturizers for oily skin. These are the fatal temptations that lead to disastrous skin. Instead, apply a sunscreen to your face before you face the sun or go outside. And yes, do not forget to check the labels of products specially designed for oily skin.
7. Make your own scrub – Make a paste of a small amount of ground almonds with honey and apply it as a facial scrub to remove oil and dead skin cells. Now gently massage this paste on your face with a warm cloth. Finally, rinse with cold water.
Another oatmeal scrub mixed with aloe vera can be very beneficial for you. Gently rub into your skin and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse well. And if you suffer from acne on your face, then you should probably skip the scrub as it can aggravate your already irritated skin.
8. Apply masks on your oily face – Masks prove to be very beneficial in reducing oiliness. Either clay masks or you can mix Fuller’s Earth (easily available) with some water and make a paste. Apply this paste on your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off.
9. Choose only water-based cosmetics – Try to make your skin breathe by living without makeup, especially foundation. Using oil-based makeup or foundation blocks the skin pores, leading to blemishes. And if necessary, use only water-based makeup, especially blemish correctors instead of covering the entire face. In general, prefer to use powder or gel blushes and avoid cream foundations as much as possible.
10. Put your hair up well – Keep your hair away from your face as oily hair accompanies oily skin.
11. Do not touch the skin of your face – Avoid touching your face throughout the day as your hands produce excess oil and dirt.
12. Choose a powder for yourself – For that extra shine-free protection, use simple products for your oily face like Johnsons Baby Powder. This makes an excellent face powder when lightly dusted over makeup.
13. Splash the hot foam – Hot water is a great solvent. Therefore, warm water should be used to wash an oily face and that with plenty of soap. Hot water plus soap dissolves skin oil better than cold water and soap.
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