Everyone’s skin is different, but most people fall into three categories: oily, dry, and combination skin. Each type comes with its own challenges, but if you have oily condition it’s easy to feel like you got the short end of the stick.
Keep reading for oily skin care tips, home remedies, and recommendations for over-the-counter products that will help you manage your skin problems.
Oily Face: Causes
Our bodies naturally produce oil – called “sebum” – to keep our skin supple. This oil is secreted through the pores in our skin, which is why people with oily skin tend to have larger pores.
When the body produces too much oil, it leads to acne breakouts and other skin problems.
The medical term for this condition is “seborrhea.” The main causes are genetics and hormones. Oiliness is typically worst during puberty, when fluctuating hormones cause an increase in androgen levels. It is associated with large pores and higher levels of acne.
Androgens are “male” hormones present in both sexes. They are responsible for oiliness and hair. The increase in androgens during puberty signals the maturation of the sebaceous glands, which are the glands in our skin that produce oil.
Higher levels of androgen = more sebum = more acne.
When excess oil combines with dead skin cells and bacteria and gets stuck in your pores, you get blackheads, pimples, and other blemishes.
You can’t technically get rid of oily skin forever or “cure” it, but there plenty of home remedies, treatments, and products you can use to manage the condition and significantly reduce the problems associated with it.
For some people, oily condition clears up all on its own with age; for others, its as easy as changing your diet.
If you have oily skin, avoid the following foods:
- Greasy foods (like pizza, potato chips, and doughnuts)
- Refined carbs
- Foods high in saturated and trans fats (like lamb, sausage, pastries, cakes, butter, and cheese)
- Excess sugar (like sweets and soda)
- Excess salt
Some alternatives to the foods mentioned above:
- Almond milk
- Brown rice
Alcohol has also been linked to oiliness, mainly because it causes people to sweat and eat more fatty foods. It’s also more tempting to go to sleep without washing your face after you’ve had a few drinks. If you change your diet, expect to see results in 2-4 weeks.
Sometimes the solution to your beauty troubles is no further than the kitchen. Here are three home remedies you can make with common kitchen ingredients:
1. Tomato exfoliant
Tomatoes are another old remedy for oily condition. Tomatoes have a high acidity and contain salicylic acid, which is often used in anti-acne skincare products.
Mix the pulp from 1 tomato with 1 teaspoon sugar. Use your hands to apply the mixture to your face in a circular motion. Let sit for 5 minutes and rinse.
2. Oatmeal mask
Oatmeal absorbs oil and can help soothe inflamed skin. It’s also an effective exfoliant.
Mix ½ cup ground oats with hot water and stir until it forms a paste. Using your fingers, gently massage the mixture into your face for 3 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
Note: You can use a coffee or spice grinder to grind the oats.
3. Lemon and egg mask
Lemons and egg whites are an old folk remedy. The high acidity in lemons enables them absorb oil, and both ingredients are believed to tighten pores. Lemons also have antibacterial abilities, which can help prevent acne.
Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice with 1 egg white. Apply to face and let sit until mixture dries. Rinse with warm water.
Click here to learn more about lifestyle changes that can help prevent and reduce acne.
Don’t feel like rubbing tomato on your face? There are plenty of drugstore products out there that effectively combat acne and oiliness Even if you utilize home remedies, a non-comedogenic face wash should be part of your routine.
Here are our recommendations:
- Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion
- Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Face Wash
- Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Wash
- Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh Deep Clean Face Wash (with mint extract)
Note: It’s important not to wash the face too frequently (this can cause increased oil production).
Use hot water to help break down oil and open up your pores. Follow up with a splash of cold water to tighten pores (even better, use hazel or rose water).
Professional treatment for oily skin
Feel free to visit a dermatologist if you desire a stronger treatment for your acne. He or she may recommend prescription-strength topical treatments or oral medication.
You may also want to try laser therapy or a chemical peel.
Click here to learn more about your pores and why they sometimes appear larger.
Beauty tips for oily face
You can easily identify people with oily condition from that dreaded “shiny” look that appears on the nose and cheeks. For people with oily condition, keeping makeup in place all day is difficult, not to mention that pesky acne that keeps showing up.
If your “T-zone” (forehead and nose) are oily but other areas of your face are dry, you have what we call “combination skin.”
Sticking to a consistent and effective beauty regimen is one of the best ways to prevent and manage oily skin. When I say “beauty regimen” I just mean a routine or habit you do to keep your skin healthy.
Perhaps the most important element of daily face care for oiliness at home is washing your face twice per day: once in the morning and once per night. It’s also a good idea to take a shower, or at least wash your face, after sports and other sweaty activities.
Never go to sleep with your makeup on. Speaking of makeup, avoid excess cosmetics and foundation. Look for water-based products and avoid oil-based products.
Look for cosmetics, face washes, and sunscreens labeled “non-comedogenic.” Carry blotting sheets in your purse, and use them gently (wiping and rubbing can cause irritation).
More tips to prevent oiliness:
- Get adequate sleep
- Manage your stress
- Always wear sunscreen
- Drink plenty of water
- Change any towels/pads you use on your face regularly
It’s always a good idea to consult a dermatologist if you have any questions about your skin type and what products you should use.