Would you like if your makeup looks cakey and greasy? Or would you prefer wiping your face again and again, when you are around people? Or have you ever wondered, what if you have just put on some makeup and after a few minutes, it wipes out from your face as if there was nothing on your face before? I guess not, nobody would like that. Oily skin has been a problem for many of us and to circumvent it, we try innumerable methods; some work and some don’t.
Both women and men face skin problems, and among them, oily skin is the kingpin. It ensues when the sebaceous glands present under the skin pores produce sebum in abundance. Sebum mainly comprises oily substances of fats in the body. It is not bad at all, it protects the skin surface and provides moisture that keeps skin and hair shiny and healthy. But excess of anything is not good, right? Also, hormonal changes in teenage girls and boys, genetics, unhealthy lifestyle, overeating of junk food, or even stress may lead to increased sebum production on your face, which may bring about clogged pores, acne, and pigmentation on the skin. But here are a few remedies, lifestyle changes, and clinical treatments that may help you to get rid of oily skin.
Wash Your Face
We are all aware of how important it is to wash our face regularly, but little do we follow. Sometimes we sleep without washing our face and if you do that, please don’t. When you have oily skin, it is mandatory to wash your face at least twice a day, but don’t overdo it or else it may cause extreme dryness or your skin may get an alarm to produce more sebum which may bring acne. Avoid using harsh soaps or face washes, citric acid face washes or vitamin C face washes. Instead, use mild normal soaps like glycerin soap or face washes which include tea tree oil, neem, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic, etc.
Use Blotting Papers
Blotting papers are small thin papers, which help absorb excess oil from the skin’s surface. Blotting papers won’t overdrive your sebaceous glands and will allow you to blot the excess oil from the skin, minimizing the oily and greasy skin. Just gently dab the blotting paper against your nose, forehead, and cheeks for a few seconds and you are good to go. It is best to use a new blotting paper every time you wipe your face.
Use Home Remedies
Sometimes we don’t acknowledge things surrounding us. We should take out some time and explore the valuable things we can get in our home kitchen or garden itself. Products like honey, gram flour, aloe vera, tomatoes, jojoba oil, almonds, etc. are some of the best ingredients for skin which not only help to reduce problems of oily skin, but also help treat many other skin-related problems. Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties which may benefit oily and acne-prone skin. Apply the raw honey on your face and keep it for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Aloe vera treats flaky skin caused by oily patches. However, it is important to test aloe vera before directly applying on the skin as it can cause rashes or allergies on sensitive skin.
It might sound weird to moisturize your skin every day when you already have excess moisture on your face, or you might think it would increase the amount of oil on the skin or clog pores, but you can apply moisturizers even when you have oily skin. In fact, it is as important as using moisturizers on dry skin. The moisturizer keeps skin healthy and hydrated. People having oily skin can use high-formula moisturizers at night, such as gel-based creams or serums.
Making dietary and lifestyle changes
Stress and hormonal changes can trigger sebum production which leads to oily skin and inflammation. Whereas, reducing stress may reduce the production of oil and other skin-related problems. A person may try to reduce stress in the following ways:
1. Doing Yoga regularly.
2. Practicing Meditation.
3. Staying hydrated throughout the day.
4. Engaging in hobbies.
5. Getting minimum 6 hours of sleep daily.
It is tempting to use heavy chemical-based cosmetics to cover the effects of oily skin but that doesn’t work for a longer time. In fact, it even worsens the condition of the skin after some time. It is very important for us to understand what our skin’s actual food is. Getting any random product from the market and using it without having proper knowledge of that product may lead to serious damage to the skin a while later. If any product shows allergic or usual symptoms, stop using it at that very moment and consult a dermatologist. Everyone experiences some kind of skin problem at some point, be it acne or pigmentation. Taking good care of your skin is the most simple and easiest way to look presentable and boost your confidence.