Is Your Skin Excessively Oily? Look at a teenager and you’ll notice that they have oily skin. Why? Their hormones are in full swing so oily skin is a natural side effect of becoming an adult. However, if you have passed those years, there are additional ways to determine if you have oily skin. First, look at yourself in the mirror. Do you have a sheen in the region of the T-zone? This T-zone begins between your eyes, extending down the nose to the chin and running horizontally across the bridge of the nose.
What causes your skin to become oily? Well, simply put, the sebaceous glands in your skin are producing more sebum (oil) than they should. Like most skin disorders, there is usually some kind of imbalance in your body that causes this to happen.
Many skin disorders are inherited. Other factors that can cause your skin to produce too much sebum include hormonal shifts, improper diet, humidity, heat, certain cosmetics, birth control pills, and pregnancy. Proper oily skin care will help manage and correct this disorder.
Oily Skin Problems and Solutions
Problems of oily skin
* Open and coarse pores
* Rapid black heads formation
* Acne and pimples
* Skin darkens due to excess oil formation
* Skin is more prone to eczema due to moisture
* Fungal infections
The basic rule is to keep your skin clean. This is essential!
* Wash your face morning and night. To preserve needed moisture, use a gentle, natural soap or cleanser and warm water. Forget hot water and cold splashes. They are unnecessary and actually shock the skin. Gentle care, for all skin types, is best.
* Follow cleansing with an astringent or toner. This will tighten and close pores… leaving skin with a smooth, even appearance. Any trace of dirt or cleanser will also be removed.
* Use facial blotting papers to soak up midday shine. Press along the all important T-Zone… the forehead, nose, and chin.
* Always remove make-up before you go to bed…no matter how tired you are! It only takes a minute or two and will help prevent dirt buildup and clogged pores.
* Choose water-based cosmetics. Oily products can aggravate oily skin and lead to blemishes.
* Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Reduce, or eliminate, sugar and processed foods. The foods you eat are reflected in the appearance of your skin.
* Take time to relax and have fun. While everyone should follow this advice, there’s a definite correlation between stress and acne
Diet plays a vital role replenishing the skin. Diet should supply all the essential nutrients needed, such as, protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and the essential vitamins and minerals, for healthy blood formation. Healthy blood results in a glowing skin and keeps it nourished and free from dryness. Drinking plenty of water keeps the skin hydrated and flushes out the toxin from body. Fresh fruit juices have cleansing effect.
There are several natural therapies and remedies that are claimed to be effective in caring for oily skin. A mixture of limejuice with cucumber juice is a good remedy that needs to be applied on the skin half an hour before taking a bath. A few drops of eau de cologne may be added to the mixture too. This mixture removes excess oil from the skin. It may also clear the pores in the process and thus prevent development of acne.
Medical practitioners and dermatologists generally recommend skin peels, laser treatments, Doxycycline, Accutane and tetracycline for skin care in case of oily skin. Cetaphil has also found support among them as a great face wash.