How To Prevent Oily Skin
For so many of us, dealing with skin issues is a daily struggle. Whether it's a hormonal pimple, shiny t-zone or stubborn blackhead, it seems like there’s always something to tend to on our face! For those of us with chronic, serious skin issues like eczema, acne or oily skin, those problems are only exacerbated. They can lead to scarring, become expensive and cause social anxiety and low self-esteem. Seeing a dermatologist is always a good idea when you’re dealing with serious skin issues. When it comes to how to prevent oily skin, there are many natural remedies for oily skin that will help you fight the good fight, sans any chemicals.
What Causes Oily Skin
Overactive sebum glands is the culprit of oily skin. When they’re working normally, sebum glands help protect and nourish your skin from the elements. It’s only when that natural cycle gets disrupted that the problems start.
The one major point that most people don’t understand, however, is that chronically oily skin is actually often caused by too dry skin.
It’s true: all those drying lotions and zit zappers you’re covering your face with are actually having the opposite effect.
Your body is incredibly intelligent and adaptive. So when you strip your skin of its natural oils, it learns to make more to make up for the lost protection. The more you strip, the more oil your skin assumes it needs to produce. The cycle ends with you having oily, unhealthy skin with no end in sight.
How To Reduce Oily Skin
Use gentle, natural products. It’s time to ditch all the harsh, chemical-laden products you’ve been using. Stock up on natural, gentle cleansers and moisturizers that will help restore your skin’s natural oil production rather than try and override it. Look for oily skin remedies that are fragrance free and have as little ingredients as possible. Be sure not to buy anything with parabens or sulfates, as those chemicals are particularly harmful to your body (and not just your skin!).
Only wash once or twice a day. Again, you’re trying to restore your skin’s natural oil levels so over-washing can easily cause over-drying— exactly what you don’t want! Try only washing in the evenings before bed but if you feel like that doesn’t completely do the job, a gentle wash in the morning is fine too.
Try and make some consciously healthy choices that will help you feel better. Sugar, carbs and fried foods are a recipe for oily skin so try and eat fresh as much as possible. Grilled meats and veggies, salads, fruit, whole grains and LOTS of water will help you start to glow from the inside out.
Homemade Face Masks For Oily Skin
Green Tea and Lemon Juice Face Mask
from Natural Beauty Tips
- 3 tbsp green tea
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 4 tbsp rice flour
Directions: Steep green tea according to package instructions. Once it has cooled, add the green tea to the rice flour and mix until combined. Next, add the lemon juice until a paste has formed. Apply the mask to your face and let sit for 20 minutes. When you wash it off, be sure to rub the ingredients into your skin to get the exfoliating benefits.
Egg White and Lemon Face Mask
from DIY n Crafts
- 1 egg
- 4 drops lemon juice
Directions: Separate your egg white into a bowl. Add the lemon juice and use a whisk to combine the ingredients until the whites are hard enough to stay on your skin. Apply the mask and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and moisturize as usual.
Honey and Cinnamon Face Mask
- 3 tsp raw honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Directions: Mix ingredients together, apply to your face and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. Be sure to pull your hair back and be careful since the honey is super sticky!
Strawberry Face Mask
from My Beauty Bunny
- 4 strawberries
- 1 tsp melted coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp white kaolin clay
Directions: Mash up the strawberries on their own and then add coconut oil and clay to mix until well combined. Apply to clean, damp skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse, pat dry and follow up with your favorite skin oil as a moisturizer.
In addition to the above products and face masks, there is also an apple cider vinegar toner that works well as a natural oily skin remedy .It is super simple to make, and packed full of natural and effective ingredients that will set your skin clear in no time.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural exfoliant and perfect for oily skin!
It’s also antiseptic and anti bacterial so it helps keep your pores clean and your skin free of blackhead causing bacteria and dirt.Toners help keep the skin’s pH balance in order and is naturally refreshing for your skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup filtered water
few drops tea tree oil
Directions: Apply all over your face after washing and before moisturizing. Do not rinse.
Tea Tree Oil is our favorite spot treatment for any blemishes that may pop up. It’s a natural anti-microbial so it helps kill the bacteria safely and effectively. We also recommend using an oil-based moisturizer (argan oil is amazing) rather than a water-based one. The oil will help your skin calm down, thinking it has enough oil on it and it will stop producing as much.
Rose Water and Lemon Face Mask
- Rose water
- Lemon Juice
Directions: Mix equal portions of rose water, glycerin and lemon juice and apply to the face. Leave for 20 minutes and wash off.
You can store this lotion in the freezer for daily skin care routine. Keep it in a glass bottle.
Lemon has anti-bacterial properties and will help make your skin dry and tight. Rose water is an antiseptic and an excellent cleanser and toner which will give you clean and fresh skin. Glycerin will hydrate the skin.
This is a perfect face mask to treat acne, acne scars and pimples. You must do a patch test to know if this lotion will suit your skin or not.
As with everything in life, maintaining healthy skin is all about balance.
Natural ingredients in your skin products will help keep your skin naturally balanced, rather than trying to remedy one issue like oily skin with another issue like too dry skin. It’s amazing what a few products from the pantry can do to clear up your skin!