OILY FACIAL SKIN
What Causes Oily Facial Skin?
- Excessive cleaning
- Personal care products
- Or working in an oily environment
Sebum is oil produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. The glands are located inside some of the skin’s pores.
Sebum serves several purposes. It acts as a lubricant. It helps to hols moisture in the skin’s outer layers. It also helps to limit bacteria overgrowth.
Excessive sebum production is unusual, but it does occur due to the hormonal changes of puberty. Diet can contribute to excessive sebum production, although greasy foods are not believed to be the culprit. Some studies suggest that milk and simple carbohydrates are the problem.
Excessive cleansing can cause excessive sebum production. When the glands sense that the skin has become dry due to lack of sebum, they will be stimulated to produce more of the oil.
Many hair and skincare products contain petrolatum, mineral oil or other petrolatum-based oils. The ingredients may be in your body wash or shampoo. They are almost always included in the less expensive moisturizers.
Petrolatum, mineral oil or other petrolatum-bases oils often contribute to the problem by causing the skin to react by producing more oil.
When you work in a kitchen or other greasy environment, the oils get in the air and they get on your skin. Regard-less of the cause, there are ways to get rid of excessive oiliness and prevent it.
Preventing Oily Facial Skin:
You may be able to prevent oily facial skin by using gentle cleansers and following up with a non-oily moisturizer. There are specific ingredients found in some of the better natural moisturizers that help to balance sebum production. If sebum production is correctly balanced your skin is neither too dry nor too oily.
Eating a healthy diet and avoiding junk food can help. If you work in an oily environment, there might be nothing you can do to change that. But certain skincare products may help. You’ll learn about helpful ingredients in the last section of this page.
Choosing your hair and skincare products carefully is a must. You can’t to avoid all products that contain petroleum-based oils. You also want to avoid those that contain petroleum-based alcohols, because they cause excessive dryness that could stimulate excessive sebum production.
Solution for Oily Facial Skin
There are many products on the market that are supposedly designed bases on a person’s skin “type”. Skin type is supposed to refer to oily, dry or “normal”.
High quality skincare products are compatible with all skin types. The solution for oily facial skin is not a toner, astringent or cleanser designed for oily skin. Those products will ultimately make the problem worse.
The true solution is to balance sebum production. It may be necessary to absorb some excessive oils and then start using skincare products that will help prevent the problem coming back by balancing sebum production. So, it may take a couple of steps to completely solve the problem.
Home Remedies You Can Make for Oily Facial Skin:
There are nearly as many home remedies for oily facial skin as there are people who have the problem. Some of them make sense. Others do not. The recipe and directions that follow are for a mask that makes the most sense.
- One ripe tomato
- One tablespoon honey
- One tablespoon lemon juice
- Mash the tomato, removing as many seeds as possible
- Mix the mashed pulp and juice with the other ingredients
- Apply the mixture to the face, avoiding the area around the eyes. The juice will sting the eyes.
- Leave the mask on for ten minutes
- Rinse with warm water and then
- Splash with cold water to close up the pores
- Pat your skin dry with a clean towel