As anyone with oily skin will tell you, it feels as if you are fighting a constant losing battle. That shine on your chin, nose and forehead seems as if it is just NEVER going to go away, no matter what you do.
The reason why oily skin may be a constant problem is due to hormonal imbalance, such as an increase in the hormone androgen. It can also be genetic, or be due to a number of factors, such as diet, exercise, and stress. Though you may feel as if oily skin has won the battle, fight back with these home remedies for oily skin that are sure to allow you to regain control over your face.
Keep your Skin Clean
Keeping your skin clean does not necessarily mean absolutely purging it of all moisture at several points during the day. Actually, cleaning your face constantly will only boost your skin’s oil production as it works harder to restore any moisture lost. When you are cleaning your skin, do not use any harsh detergents to clean. Try using a glycerin soap twice a day, or other cleansing products that are specifically made for oily skin. You can also try using “blot strips” or tissues between cleanings to help control the oily and reduce shine.
Use the Right Moisturizer
If you have oily skin, you may not even need a moisturizer at all! If you do, you can try using a moisturizing gel, or use aloe vera. Aloe vera gel is perhaps both the least expensive and most effective moisturizer for oily skin. It absorbs easily, it won’t clog your pores, and it will help keep your skin feeling refreshed.
Choose Water-Based Cosmetics
If you choose to wear makeup, make sure that you specifically go for the water-based cosmetics rather than the oil-based cosmetics. Oil-based makeup and skin care products will only “trap” the oil up against your skin, which will cause breakouts and blemishes. Water-based cosmetics will allow your pores to “breathe”.
TIP: If at all possible, avoid wearing foundation! Foundation is another product that will “trap” the oils against your skin.
Grow Out your Bangs
It’s true, just having your bangs sweep against your oily skin will cause bigger problems for you, and quickly. Oil captures dirt easily, which though you may be cleaning your face regularly throughout the day, your bangs still cause your skin oils and dirt to rub against your skin and get into your pores. Keep your hair off of your face when ever possible.
Give Yourself a Scrub
Scrubs are a great way to really cleanse your skin without irritating it and causing more oil production. One favorite is a natural almost honey scrub. All you need is a small amount of well ground up almonds, and some honey. Add the honey to the almonds until it forms a bit of a paste, and then gently rub the scrub into your skin with a warm wash cloth. Rinse your face, and you’re skin is cleansed and refreshed.