Getting a shining, shimmering splendid feeling on your face and body? Then you might be having oily skin which is a major turn off. But why do we get oily skin by the way? And how do we get rid of oily skin?
Oily skin is a big problem not only for teenagers, but also for the majority of adults especially men. Increased androgen hormone is the main culprit of excessive sebum production. During puberty, there is an increased male hormone which triggers the oil glands to produce more sebum. For some people, there is an abnormal production of sebum that results to oily skin and acne breakouts.
We get oily skin mainly because of the excess oil or sebum our sebaceous glands produces on our skin. The sebum that we get on our body is the waxy, oily substance which helps in protecting and hydrating our skin. While the sebum may be vital in keeping our skin healthy and hydrated, too much sebum production can bring about the opposite effects which are oily skin, clogged pores and acne.
Increased androgen hormone is the main culprit of excessive sebum production.During puberty, there is an increased male hormone which triggers the oil glands to produce more sebum. For some people, there is an abnormal production of sebum that results in oily skin and acne breakouts.
Our oily skin affects our face and the symptoms of having an oily skin include:
Due to having oily skin, some people, mostly women may find it hard to find a makeup that would fit their skin type. Other factors such as genetics and hormonal imbalances may also play a role in contributing to oily skin, so do age, environment/climate, enlarged pores, using the wrong skin care products, overdoing your skin care routine and failure to moisturize.
Different causes of having oily skin have been pointed to genetics, diet, stress or hormonal changes in the body during adolescence. Women are prone to oily skin during menstrual period, pregnancy, or menopausal stage. Moreover, some findings say that taking birth control pills can also trigger excessive oil production. Oily skin may also be caused by stress, taking a bath using a hot shower which strips your skin of natural oils, or even having a poor diet.
Oily skin may be tough to prevent but practicing consistent skin care and avoiding junk foods may help in getting rid of them. We may also be tempted to use heavy cosmetics just to cover the effects of oily skin only to worsen the condition we are already in.
While some oily skin causes due to hormonal and genetics can't be changed too much, there are ways to manage and get rid of oily skin topically.
Here is a list of 5 effective home remedies on how to get rid of oily skin:
Whip one egg white. You can also add a teaspoon of lemon juice for better results. Gently apply the mixture on your face, allow it to dry for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Do this twice a week.
Another household product or home remedy that works great for getting rid of oily skin would be lemon juice. Lemon is a citrus fruit high in vitamin C. It works as a strong antioxidant capable of enhancing your beauty, by rejuvenating your skin from within bringing a glow to your face.
Prepare one teaspoon of lemon juice and stir it with one-half teaspoon of distilled water. Apply liberally on your face using a cotton ball. Leave it on your face for 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water. You can also apply some oil-free moisturizer afterward. Do this once daily before going to bed.
Prepare one tablespoon of lemon juice, one-half tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of evaporated milk. Mix them together. Apply the paste on your face. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Do this once a day.
Prepare two or three drops of sandalwood or lavender oil and mix them with two tablespoons of milk. Apply the mixture on your face using a cotton ball. Gently massage the skin for a few minutes to improve blood circulation and leave it on over the night. Wash your face with cold water upon waking up in the morning. Do this daily.
Honey works to reduce excess oil on the skin’s surface, minimize large pores and can also prevent wrinkles. It has moisturizing properties that nourish the skin and keep it sufficiently moisturized. In addition, it has natural antiseptic property that prevents acne breakout and oily skin.
Gently apply a thin layer of honey on your face, massage the skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then wash your face with clean water. Do this twice daily.
Prepare a sliced tomato and gently roll it on your face. Allow the juice to dry into your skin for at least 15 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water and pat until dry. You can also apply an oil-free moisturizer.
You can also create a face mask by mixing three tablespoons of tomato juice with one tablespoon of honey.
Aside from these, there are other home remedies you can use to treat or get rid of oily skin:
This home remedy is also known as a healing clay and it’s used to absorb the skin oil as well as treat many skin conditions. One popular example of a cosmetic clay would be the French green clay as it is effective in treating both oily skin and acne.
Aside from the fact that it’s yummy to eat for breakfast, oatmeal helps calm one’s inflamed skin and absorb dead excess oil. It also helps slough off the dead skin cells. Oatmeal is usually ground when it comes to being used as a facial mask.
Ground almonds both work as exfoliator and absorbent of excess oils and skin impurities.
You can also get rid of oily skin by washing your face regularly, applying blotting papers and medicated pads, using toners (natural astringents like witch hazel), patting your face dry, applying facial masks, moisturizing and so on.
Oily skin may also be treated or rid of with the following products:
Sure, shiny looks good on your hair but definitely not on your face. Given the following examples of treatments or home remedies, which of these is your favorite thing to use to get rid of oily skin?