Written By Anjali Goel
Oily skin is, of course, too oily, but also irritating and full of viscosity. It is basically caused by too much moisture on your skin, more than the amount of what’s required. But do you know the scientific reason behind it?
Oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands, that are located inside your skin’s surface, produce too much Sebum. Sebum is basically an oily, waxy substance that contains fats and is responsible for protecting your skin as well as keeping it hydrated.
Sebum, produced by the sebaceous glands is important for keeping your skin healthy. Although, too much of it can lead to oily skin, clogged pores and acne. Most cases of oily skin arise in the monsoon. That’s why your oily skin needs extra care in the heavy rains. This article will provide you everything you want to know about taking care of your oily skin.
HOME REMEDIES AND OTHER TREATMENTS TO TAKE CARE OF OILY SKIN
- WASH YOUR FACE
For people suffering with oily skin, washing your skin twice a day can solve your problem. Without even doing anything else, just by washing your face. That’s why this is the topmost point in our list.
Use a gentle, balanced pH level soap while washing your face with warm water. Avoid soaps that contain harsh chemicals, fragrances and other chemically added stuff as all this can make the skin dry that’ll result in your sebaceous glands producing more sebum. Also, you have to avoid using loofahs or other rubbing substances as added friction may stimulate the skin to make more oil.
There are medicated soaps available in the market that contain particular acids that can tackle oily skin easily such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, beta-hydroxy acid and benzoyl peroxide. However, these acids can act differently on different skins. That’s why, it is advised to apply the product on a certain area of skin first and observe it’s reaction first. Use a less oily moisturizer afterwards to see better effects.
Honey can add that cherry-on-the-top flavour in your food. It is loved not just by your tongue, but by your skin too. Mankind has been using honey for its skin benefits since ages.
This sweet yellow-coloured liquid contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties. This makes honey beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin. Honey is also a natural humectant, so it helps keep the skin moist but not oily. This is because humectants draw moisture from the skin without replacing it. It can be applied on your skin with different food items to remove that extra oil from your skin.
Apply a mixture of half a cup of milk and half a cup of honey on your face and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Wash your face with water. Milk and honey will add the right type of moisture on your skin. Do this daily for some time to notice effects. Another beneficial mixture is that of honey and fuller’s earth. Crush a small stone of ‘multani mitti’ and take half a cup of powder from it. Now mix 2 tablespoons of honey into it. Mix it well. Now apply this mixture on your face and let it dry for 20-30 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water. Fuller’s earth helps in taking out the dirt from your skin which unclogs the pores and prevents acne. Honey on the other hand kills bacteria and moisturizes your skin.
Tomatoes are a common thing in the kitchen. It is used in a number of food items, especially in India. Other than its consumption benefits, the skin benefits of tomatoes can’t be ignored.
These red balls are rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s most important nutrients are Vitamin C and Potassium, which not only helps in building the strength of the body, but also helps in adding glow to the skin. Face masks, made with the help of tomatoes are really beneficial for the skin as it helps in restoring the pH balance, which can get disrupted by harsh soaps and cosmetics. It’s most important benefit is that it reduces oil from the skin. Tomatoes have an astringent effect that helps in reducing the oiliness and in cleaning and closing the pores. It unclogs pores that prevent acne, blackheads and whiteheads.
You can apply various tomato face packs to treat your oily and acne-prone skin. One of them is made with the help of cucumber juice. All you have to do is make a mixture of 1 teaspoon each of tomato juice and cucumber juice and mix them well. Apply this mixture on your face daily for sometime. This will remove the excess sebum from your face and will also help with your tanning issues.
- BLOTTING PAPERS
Blotting papers are useful for everyone. They help in removing the extra grease and shininess from your skin after a heavy workout or a dance session. Apart from this, they are a must for people suffering with oily, sebum-filled skin textures.
To use blotting paper, buy a pack of it from the market. Now, take a sheet out and put it on your face. Press the sheet against your oily areas on the face. Leave it there for a minute and remove it. Throw the sheet away. It will absorb all your sweat and greasiness away which will make your skin clean and healthy. Do this whenever you feel glutunosity because of your sebum filled skin.
These sheets are also beneficial for women who use make-up. These papers will keep the oil and shine away so that you can get proper beauty benefits of applying make-up.
- ALOE VERA
Aloe vera is skin’s best friend. That’s why, it also helps with your excess sebum production issues. You can either excrete the gel from it’s plant or buy it from the market. Either way, the benefits will be the same.
Aloe vera gel is really beneficial in regulating oil production in the skin and treating a large number of bacterial and fungal infections that arise due to grease and excess hydration. The anti-inflammatory properties make Aloe Vera an excellent remedy for oily skin and acne. It also treats other skin-irritating problems caused due to excess oil. It is a very good coolant that helps in soothing dull, and greasy skin.
Excess of anything is harmful, even if it’s the sebum on your face which is there to protect your skin from the day-by-day increasing dirt and pollution. It needs to be regulated, otherwise, it will cause damage to your skin. We hope you found the article helpful.