What is oily skin?
How do you know if you have oily skin?/What are causes of oily skin?
Prevention of oily skin?
What is oily skin?
The higher production rate of sebum makes skin oily. Skin that produces an excess amount of sebum all over the face is ‘oily skin’. Sebaceous glands are responsible for the overproduction of sebum. These glands are located under the skin surface. These glands are also called Oily glands because they secrets oil. Sebum is an oily waxy like substance which hydrates and lubricates the skin. Every skin needs some amount of natural oil to keep their skin shiny and moisturize but an excess of anything is bad. Overproduction of sebum makes skin makes pores clogged and leads to many skin problems like pimples, acne, zits, blackheads whiteheads many more but, with the correct care of oily skin it is possible to get clean and clear skin.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE OILY SKIN.
It is very important to make sure what type of skin you are having. ‘Know your skin type, it is imperative for proper management and treatment for your skin because every skin type is different and reacts differently.
- The face looks so shiny not only nose and T zone all over the face shines due to overproduction of oil.
- You may notice makeup slides off (does not stay on your face)
- Frequent breakouts are also a big example of oily skin.
- Open pores/enlarged pores especially on nose and chin due to excess amount of sebum.
Natural skin care routine for oily skin. Step by step homemade products for oily skin care.
CAUSES OF OILY SKIN.
Once you know your skin type is very important to know what are the main causes of this skin type to balance and maintain your skin in order to get clear skin.
Genetics/hormones/medications/poor diet/stress/wrong skin care products/bad lifestyle.
GENETICS: Oily skin can be on pass through genes. If one of your parents has oily skin it is a high chance of getting it. Having larger sebaceous glands which produces oil is a hereditary that can be handed down the family tree.
HORMONES: Androgens are the hormones that are responsible for sebum production. These hormones produce excess sebum during puberty, before menstruation during pregnancy, and menopause.
MEDICATIONS: Certain kinds of medicines raise hormone levels in our body responsible for oily skin. Oral contraceptive and hormone replacement medicines can be a reason for excess oil production. Steroids affect to acquire oily skin because they cause dehydration in bodies.
BAD LIFESTYLE: First of all proper sleep is must. Make sure you are getting ‘8 hours’ of sleep every day. Change pillow covers every alternate day, this is the thing we neglect in our daily routine. Wash your hairs alternate days. Don’t apply oil in hairs for a long period this may cause the oil in your face. After washing face let it dry on its own if you want to dry with a towel don’t rub your face harshly and make sure the towel is clean. Apply oil-free sunscreen prevent your skin from harmfull sun rays. Don’t touch your face too often and yess drink plenty of water regularly.
WRONG SKINCARE PRODUCTS: Choosewisely your skincare products. Obviously, you don’t want to put any more oil in your face. ‘Non-comedogenic’ products should be used because they are less likely to cause pore clogged and less likely to trigger breakouts.
STRESS: “Cortisol” is the hormone that rises when a body gets stress. This hormone is directly proportional to oil production and leads to oily skin.
POOR DIET: Healthy and clean eating makes skin healthy and clean. Diet is very much responsible for our health and skin which we often neglect. Eating fried and spicy foods pushes your skin to make more and more sebum. Foods contain vitamin “ B, D, E(B6, B12 are considered the best for balancing oily skin). Beans, lemons barleys, apples and some green vegetables like spinach and broccoli control oil production. Having a ‘ well-balanced diet’ is must.
PREVENTION/OILY SKIN TREATMENT
When the main cause of oily skin is due to genetics or hormones the prevention will be very tough but consistency is the key to every goal. It is very important to follow a skin-care routine on daily basis to balance your skin. Some main tips to prevent oily skin are below.
WASH YOUR FACE REGULARLY: Washing the face with lukewarm water is really a good idea to get rid of excess oil and dirt from the face. Make sure the water is not hot only lukewarm water can help. After wash does not rub the towel harshly on your face it is best when to let it dry on its own. Avoid harsh soap and fragrance-free soap. Use a facial cleanser or foaming soap rather than cream-based or lotion cleansers. Foaming cleansers cleans away excess oil from the skin and leaves your skin fresh and clear.
TONER: This skin-care product is served to control excess oil, shrink enlarge pores and help maintain the skin’s PH level. Toners should be water-based, some toners contain alcohol which can be over dry your skin and leaves your skin itchy. Toner must be applied once a day and there is no need to wash your skin after applying toner.
MOISTURIZE: Say hello to moisturizer. This is the belief if you have oily skin you don’t need to apply any type of moisturizer, it is wrong. The key to healthy and clear skin is to look hydrated and glowy not shiny. Hydrating your skin can help the skin to produce less oil. Choose oil-free moisturizer is very a tough job for your skin. Oil-free moisturizer maintains your skin to prevent excess sebum production and provide hydration to your skin. Oil-free moisturizer actually helps to slow down sebum production. Skipping moisturizer is a bad idea it can lead to your skin looks oilier and greasy.
FACE MASK: When the skin produces an excess amount of sebum the pores get clogged due to over-production of sebaceous glands. Face masks help to control excess oil from the face the main job of the mask is to absorb oil and dirt from the face. Applying masks thrice a week is a good way to keep the skin oil-free. Fuller’s earth has been used for ages. Orange peel mask and egg white mask are also best for oily skin.
HYDRATE: Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated and flush out toxins. Drinking 2-3 liters a day pushes out bacteria and reducing the risk of breakouts. Drinking the appropriate amount of water can help to regulate oil production. People often report that by increasing water intake their skin has a glow and natural shine. Oily skin gets worst due to lack of hydration. If you drink enough water it will help to balance your body’s PH levels.
SUNSCREEN: Sunscreen helps to protect the skin from harmful rays from the sun wearing sunscreen does not mean that you can stay longer in sun but it helps your skin to prevent from rays. Sunscreen should be applied daily on the face if we do not apply the outer layer of the skin gets damaged, dehydrates, oily and lead to skin problems like pigmentation and others.
(sunscreen should be applied by proper consultation of a dermatologist)