Stop stressing "why is my skin so oily?" and start taking measurable steps to improve your skin read on for a complete overview of oily skin and how it can be treated
MARY QUINN 17/05/2020
The causes of oily skin are varied factors from genetics and environment to lifestyle choices. While you can’t necessarily get rid of oily skin (and you wouldn't want to) you can take steps to make your skin less oily.
What is my natural sebum oil anyway, why do I need it? Everyone has oil in their skin. Under
each pore is a sebaceous gland that produces natural oils called sebum.
This helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy, moisturised. With some people, however the sebaceous glands
can produce too much oil. This is what creates oily skin.
This problem of oily skin comes and goes with most of us. We have it and its a problem and then it clears up.
I see there being two halves to the problem.
1. equally, how to treat oily skin when it occurs, and
2. how to prevent the sebaceous glands from over producing
Treating Oily Skin
Twice wash daily. Once in the morning and last thing late in the evening but no more.
First thing in the morning because this washes off the excess oil and dirt built up during the night. You pick up the
dirt from your pillow and you tend to sweat, even a little if you don't notice but you do.
Late at night, you wash again to remove the dirt and grease accumulated during the day. From pollution
found in the air to the sweat excreted and your makeup, everything wants to clog your pores.
If your pores are large they'll clog up quicker. Sebum builds up making your oily skin more prominent and making you
more conscious of "it".
And don't use hot steaming water, rather use lukewarm water and pat dry your skin ― never rub or brush a towel over
Use a Toner
Avoid anything that could dry out your skin, kicking off your glands to produce more oil than what is needed. Anything
based on alcohol, put it in the bin because skin-friendly astringents are the best choice.
Witch hazel is one such astringent that is toning. I also know a lot of people can't use it, they've found it to be
irritating. Salicylic acid-based toners can be damaging1, tending to strip off far too much oil from the skin.
Ideally, you should be looking at a DIY (do-it-yourself) solution.
A favourite carrier oil, cold-pressed,
to match an oily skin complexion with a few drops of an astringent essential oil. With so few(er) drops you shouldn't
experience an allergy. As always, do a patch test before to be sure of no complications.
Use roughly 10 to 15 drops of essential oil per 100ml of carrier oil, that'll work for most people.
And, let's not forget about Honey for the toning of skin it works every time to calm almost any complaint you can
imagine. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, avoid it as the beauty industry claims Honey is an animal
Use a natural bar of soap containing an exfoliating ingredient as you wash and shower to exfoliate your whole body.
Any handmade, oil-rich soap will be suitable for daily use but personally, I list my recommendations later.
But soap will dry out my skin..
Soap won't dry out your skin. Not real soap and not an oil-rich soap handmade, it won't.
You will find that a) shop-bought soap bars are drying and b) much of factory mass-produced soap is not (oil
and saponified lye) soap but consistent with detergent surfactants, instead.
(Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl
Sulfate) are drying to your skin. Originally they were created for removing oil and grease from
By using an exfoliator daily you'll ensure pores are cleansed, and eventually smaller preventing clogging and build up
beneath the hair follicles. If you experience drying simply change to another, non-exfoliating, soap for a few days.
There is such a thing as too much exfoliation.
You must also apply a face mask regularly. The drier your skin is, the less often you'd use one. The oilier your skin
is, the more often you use one. But twice weekly and no more otherwise you may find your facial skin inflamed and
suffering redness (drying out too quickly).
If you've sensitive skin, rinse off your mask after 5 minutes otherwise keep it on a little longer, say 10 minutes,
Experiment to see what works best for you personally.
Q. Experiencing an uncomfortable stinging or burning sensation?
A. Wash off immediately, because your skin may be telling you it is dehydrating2
Key ingredients to look for in a facial mask include, but not limited to, the following.
A mask containing minerals like kaolinite or bentonite can absorb oils and reduce skin sheen. Sebum levels
are brought under control with no skin irritation.
Natural raw honey has antibacterial and antiseptic capabilities. A ten minute Honey based face mask may
reduce Acne and oily skin while keeping the skin subtle.
Oatmeal helps cleanse your skin. Gentle, containing cleansing saponins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory
compounds, Oats soothe irritated skin.
After washing, showering and once rinsed off a facial mask, when your skin is moist, apply a moisturiser to protect what
you've worked for.
But never moisturise in the evening before bed without first washing or showering. You must have clean, hydrated skin
to absorb the moisturiser more easily, without further causing blockage of your pores. A thorough wash of your skin
clears out much of the old sebum, dirt and grease, from sweat and makeup.
3 All oils will breakdown and decompose at a certain temparature. Olive has a lower smoke point (but not the lowest) compared to Sunflower or Soy, why I suggest either of those two oils as a first choice to cook with. Because every oil releases potentially harmful gases during decomposition, an oil with a high(est) smoke point is obviously more welcomed.
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