A major contributor to acne, oily skin is a common problem that usually affects young people, though it can last a lifetime. Thankfully there are ways to keep your skin from becoming out of control. You can treat this condition but you can’t cure it because it is usually genetic. The skin’s glands produce too much sebum, resulting in a shiny appearance. There are things you can do at home to help you stop greasy skin.
It’s not surprising; the most effective oily skin treatment is keeping your skin clean. Most face skin solutions involve cleansing multiple times a day. You may need to wash 2 or 3 times a day to control skin sebum production. Use hot water because it better dissolves oil. Look for a cleanser for oily skin, or one that contains salicylic acid. If a friend has a face wash she finds too drying, ask her to try it before she tosses it out. But be aware that cleansing too much can make the problem worse. Extremely greasy skin can result from stripping the skin of all of its moisture, making the sebum glands over produce oil. So don’t use something harsh, just wash more frequently.
Try a mild cleanser that doesn’t have harsh detergents. You can also use a natural castile soap face wash with essential oils. Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot, Sage, Geranium, and Cypress are good choices to balance sebum production.
More Oily Skin Remedies
An effective treatment for oily skin is a toner or astringent that contains alcohol. If you’re looking for a natural toner, try witch hazel or apple cider vinegar. Use it after you wash your face, before putting on makeup or lotions.
Hydroxy Acids help to combat oilyness as well as clean out pores. Try an occasional chemical peel, or a moisturizer that contains glycolic or salicylic acid. You can get acne pads to start out with.
Spritz you face with a hydrosol or floral water. Lavender is a good choice as it helps regulate skin oil production and promotes healing.
Clay facials that contain green clay or bentonite clay draw toxins from pores and regulate sebum production. Try rose or kaolin clays if your skin is sensitive. Try an oily skin mask with clay once a week. You can buy your own clays and essential oils and mix with a hydrosol to make your own customized masks at home.
Hormonal changes can cause acne, greasy skin, and other skin problems. Women should try a peel or clay facial the week before their menstrual cycle. If you experience emotional upheaval or stress, try to be diligent with cleansing to prevent oily skin from causing breakouts.
Try Vitamin A supplements. Sometimes people with greasy skin have low vitamin A levels.
Don’t use oil based make up, get a powder or a water based product. Mineral make up is actually good for your skin and doesn’t contribute to greasiness.
Remember, oil isn’t moisture and your skin may still need a moisturizer. Try skin serums to get your anti aging and anti acne active ingredients instead of creams because they are lighter.
Coming up with your own oily skin regimen can take a while to figure out, but it’s worth it. Once you’ve come up with something that works for you, keep at it and don’t slack off, or the problem will come back.