It’s imperative to first understand the cause behind oily skin. Put simply, oily skin is a result of excessive production of sebum, an oily substance that is naturally produced by the skin.
As is known to everyone, an excess of everything is bad. So, excessive sebum is bad too.
It leads to clogging of skin pores, resulting in accumulation of dead cells and hence the formation of pimples or acne.
Moreover, oily skin spoils your looks too. Thus, it is as important as the skin care for other types of skin.
Oily skin can be really tricky to take care of because one wrong move can spell disaster for the skin.
One must remember that among the basic skin types, oily skin is perhaps the most sensitive and easily triggered.
Although having oily skin will lessen the possibility of developing wrinkles and lines early in life, one will compensate by being prone to acne, pimples and all sorts of blemishes.
Over-activity of the sebaceous glands makes it more likely for the pores in the skin to get clogged.
Clogging of pores with grime, dead skin cells, and bacteria trapped inside can result to swelling and red bumps.
The basic aim of oily skin care is the removal of excessive sebum or oil from the skin.
However, oily skin care procedures should not lead to complete removal of oil.
Oily skin care starts with the use of a cleanser. Nevertheless, not all cleansers will work.
You need a cleanser which contains salicylic acid like beta-hydroxy acid that retards the rate of sebum production. Cleansing should be done twice a day and even more in hot and humid conditions.
Most of the oily skin care products are oil-free. However, it is always good to check the ingredients of the product, before you actually buy it.
This is especially important if a product is marked as ‘suitable for all skin types’, instead of ‘oily skin care product’.
This is also dependent on the degree of oiliness, if you aren’t too oily, so some of these ‘suitable for all’- type of products might be work for you too.
For extremely oily skin, only oily skin care products are suitable. Your skin care routine can include an alcohol based toner for an extremely oily skin.
This can be the second step in your oily skin care routine just after cleansing. Take note also that excessive toning can harm your skin.
The next step in your oily skin care routine can be a mild moisturizer.
Again, the degree of oiliness of your skin will determine whether you need to include this in your oily skin care routine. If you do decide to include a moisturizer, be sure to use one that is oil-free, wax-free and lipid-free.
You could also use a clay mask like once a week, as an oily skin care measure.
As far as the oily skin care products go, you might need to try out a few before you arrive at the one that is really suitable for your skin.
In case these measures don’t give you the desired result, consult a good dermatologist for advice.
Your dermatologist could prescribe stronger oily skin care products like vitamin A creams, retinoids, sulfur creams , which can help counter the problems of oily skin.
Oily Skin Care Tips
Below are some additional tips that will help you take care of your oily skin.
1. Choose what you put in your face
Oily skin can be very sensitive to irritation. This makes choosing the products that will not irritate the skin all the more difficult.
For despite having products that are made especially for oily skin, there are skin types that are very allergic to some ingredients.
It is also recommended that people with oily skin refrain from using cosmetics and skin care products that are oil-based or those that are oily.
Using oily products will only add to the oil already on the skin. They should instead use water-based products that are easily removed.
2. Wash your face
Another solution to a problem is the frequent washing of the face.
This is done to prevent the build-up of oil on the skin which in turn will prevent the occurrence of acne.
Basic hygiene is the single best solution to acne problems in oily skin.
3. Remove Makeup
Another reason why pores are clogged is the interaction of chemicals and oil on the skin.
To prevent this, avoid sleeping while there is still makeup on your skin. This is actually a no-no for all skin types but all the more important for people with oily skin.
4. Be consistent with your treatment
In taking care of oily skin, it is important that you are consistent with your treatment. Most people with oily skin will probably be asked to use cleansers and then toners.
Astringents are also popular as it helps exfoliates the skin and remove dead skin cells on the surface. Moisturizers are sometimes forgone because the skin is oily and moisturized as it is.
Homemade Facial Skin Recipes for Oily Skin
Homemade natural skin care products don’t contain any additional chemical ingredients that could potentially irritate or harm your skin.
The only prospective problem may lie in people who are allergic to certain food ingredients.
This is easily overcome by substituting the offending food or ingredient with another similar ingredient. For example, if you are allergic to strawberries you could substitute a cucumber instead.
Not only do homemade skin care products cost a lot less to make, you can easily experiment with what works best for you without breaking the bank.
Let’s face it, some of the products on the market cost a small fortune! It is frustrating to buy a product for $20 and find out it either doesn’t work or it can’t be used because it causes a breakout.
It’s much easier to head off to the kitchen, mix up a small sample batch of something and give it a try.
You will find that some recipes have to be mix up just prior to use as they don’t store well, but the majority of recipes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week allowing you to mix up a small batch to save yourself some time.
The following recipes are great for people with combination/oily skin that tend to break out with acne and blackheads. Why not give these a try and see how they work for you?
Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin
You will need:
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp glycerin
1/2 cup distilled water
1. Mix the ingredients together until smooth.
2. Pour into a jar and place the jar in a double-boiler pot. Do not use direct heat on the jar.
3. Bring the water in the outer pot to a boil and heat the mixture until it is clear and has thickened.
4. If it thickens too much, add a bit more water.
5. Remove from heat and let cool.
This is a good all-over facial cleanser and should keep for 7 to 10 days.
Green Tea Skin Toner
You will need:
1 teabag of green tea
1/2 cup boiling water
1. Let the tea bag steep for 2 to 3 minutes in the hot water.
2. Remove the tea bag and let the water cool.
3. Pour into an empty toner bottle or something similar with a small opening.
4. Use with cotton pads like you would a regular toner.
5. If you wish to, you could also add a 3 or 4 drops of tea tree essential oil.
Tea tree oil is a great antiseptic for pimples, while the oil helps to moisturize the skin.
You will need:
1 part baking soda
1 part water
1. Mix together into a paste.
2. Gently scrub blackheads for 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Rinse off. Use once or twice a week.
This facial scrub is good for blackheads.
Natural Scrub for Oily Skin
You will need:
1 part sea salt
1 part lemon juice
Mix into a paste and gently scrub face for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse off.
Interestingly, you would think this would be very drying to your skin, but it actually leaves your skin feeling clean, refreshed, and soft.
Use once a week to remove dead skin cells.
Deep Cleansing Mask
You will need:
1/2 of a peeled, pureed cucumber
1 tbsp plain, natural yogurt
1. Mix ingredients together and apply to the face (avoid eye area).
2. Let dry for 20 minutes.
3. Rinse off with warm water.
Use once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and refresh your skin.
Other Natural Way to Avoid Oily Skin
To avoid oily skin apply fresh smashed tomatoes on your face.
Facial Mask: Blend 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/2 cup mashed apple into a smooth paste. Apply this paste on your face for 15 minutes, later rinse it.
You can apply mud packs or clay masks on your face which help in soaking oil from the skin. This may provide a temporary relief as the long term effects are inconclusive.
Egg Mask: Blend 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon camphor spirit, 1 tablespoon skim milk powder and a drop of mint essential oil. Before applying the mask, apply odorless castor oil. Apply the mask, keep it for 15 minutes; wash it off with warm water to be rinsed by apple cider vinegar and water or witch hazel solution.
Cucumber Mask: Grate a cucumber and keep it in the fridge. Apply this grated chilled cucumber on your face for 15 minutes. Use this at least twice a week for a clean and clear face.
Cucumber can also be used in juice form mixed with lemon juice. Apply this mixture half-an-hour before you take a bath. The proportion would be 1/2 a tsp each of cucumber and lemon juice.
Get a facial sauna by using herbs such as lemongrass, licorice root and rosebuds. Keep it in simmer, 2 to 4 tablespoons of fresh or dried herbs in 2 quarts of water. Once you see the steam cover your face over it. To entrap the steam, cover your head with a damp towel and be in that position for 15 minutes. Later wash your face with cold water and dab it dry.
As you can see, making up your own natural homemade skin care recipes can be quite simple and convenient with the right ingredients in the house.
After all, if you have to run out to buy some cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and others, why not just stock up on what you need to make your own facial skin care products instead? At least you’ll know exactly what’s contained in each product.
Just remember to throw away the old stuff after 7 days and make a fresh batch for the following week. Your skin will thank you for it.
Surely, you have loads of options on how to take care an oily skin. It’s in your hand to manage it carefully or else your chances of getting acne are high.
With some patience and proper skin care appropriate for oily skin, you can conquer this problem.