How to Take Care of Oily Skin

Published: 12th March 2008
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Use an astringent daily to remove excess oils. Don't use an alcohol-based products -- if you strip too much oil from your face, the skin will overcompensate and produce even more oil.

When choosing makeup, especially foundation and blush, buy oil-free products. Makeup that is water based and noncomedogenic won't clog pores. (There are also oil-absorbing foundations that help keep oil off the face.)

You can tell if your skin is oily because it usually has a shine to it. It may be prone to black heads and acne. Oily skin contains a lot of sebum which helps prevent the skin from drying out. However, oily skin tends to attract more dirt and dust than dry skin. It benefits from soap and water, so washing with a cleansing bar is an ideal way of caring for it. Use warm water to loosen the dirt, then use cold water to rinse. Use toners and astringents containing alcohol and always use a light, non-greasy liquid cleanser. Very oily skin needs no extra moisturizing at all while you are in your teens.

Fruit acids are known to have positive effects. These acids attack the surface layers of dead skin and remove the dead cells and stale oil. The pores unfettered by this combination appear to shrink in size and the overall effect is one that is less oily and smoother. The advantage of fruit acids is that it helps the skin to retain its moisture.

Cucumber juice with a few drops of eau de cologne has known to work wonders. It keeps the oil at bay and also prevents acne. In fact a little cucumber juice only on the oily areas prevents make up from becoming patchy. Just ensure that the cucumber juice dries well before you apply make up. Aloe Vera, organic yogurt, crushed strawberries and a little borax acts as an efficient astringent for oily skin. Just massage the mixture well and wash with warm water. A mixture of Multani matti and honey works wonders for oily skins especially in tropical countries like India. Apply this mask at least a couple of times a week. Keep it on for about 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. The use of a light antiseptic day and night cream can keep the oil at bay.

Oil (sebum) is produced by sebaceous glands. Normal sebum production performs the important job of lubricating your skin. Sebum also carries with it dead skin cells shedding from your hair follicle walls. The amount of sebum an individual generates is determined by genetics (and often increases during adolescence). While excess sebum is not directly responsible for acne, it can contribute to clogged pores.

You should be using two different types of moisturizer to keep your skin healthy. The first is our Moisture Magic Lotion. This lotion is light enough to wear under your make-up this way it will soften your skin all day long. The other type is our Moisture Glow White. This moisturizer is great for use at night while you sleep. These moisturizers will normalize your skin and balance the amount of oil your body needs to produce.

Even a slight deficiency in vitamin B2 can cause oily skin. Nutritional yeast, wheat germ and organ meats provide both vitamin B5 and vitamin B2. Other good sources of vitamin B2 are whole grains, beans, nuts, and royal jelly. Buckwheat, black beans and whole rice are excellent to supply the body with iron and rejuvenate pate skin.

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