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How To Control Oily Skin: Tips And Natural Remedies

Managing oily skin takes extra effort, but it’s possible. Aim to manage excess sebum instead of trying to dry it out. Start with a cleansing oil to dissolve sebum, dirt, and makeup. Wash it away with an oil-free face wash that doesn’t have fragrance. Apply a face mask to soak up extra sebum, and finish with a moisturizer to avoid dryness. Honey, green tea, papaya, and clay are ideal natural ingredients for oily skin.

Life with oily skin is a slippery slope. Face washing can feel totally pointless, while makeup only makes things worse. Who wants to re-apply mattifying powder every hour? To top it off, oily skin is the perfect breeding ground for acne, something no one ever wants to deal with. It’s easy to lose hope.

But what if your skincare routine is the problem? Oily skin needs special attention, and the wrong ingredients or habits will just bring on the grease.

The goal is to control excess sebum, not get rid of it. Drying out your skin will actually encourage sebaceous glands to make more oil. Talk about a catch-22! Instead, aim for balance.

To get a handle on overactive sebaceous glands, follow this simple skincare routine. Seal the deal with simple, holistic remedies for oily skin.

A Simple Routine To Control Oily Skin

Even if you have greasy skin, limit face washing to twice a day and after sweating. Overdoing it will just strip away natural oils. Some sebum is needed for healthy, supple skin.

1. Cleansing Oil

A cleansing oil might seem like the last thing you need, but it’s a game changer. It breaks down sebum, dirt, and makeup while adding moisture. “Like dissolves like”, as the chemists say.

Cleansing oils are a staple in Korean skincare, but they’re starting to pop up around the United States. You can also try sea buckthorn berry oil, a remedy proven to control excess sebum.1

2. Face Wash

Face wash comes second. This will remove the cleansing oil, gunk and all. Be sure to use lukewarm water and an oil-free cleanser without fragrance.

What about salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide? While these ingredients fight acne, they’re also quite drying. Consider using them in spot treatments instead.2 This way, you can avoid exposing healthy skin to their harsh effects.

3. Face Mask

Treat your skin to a face mask 2 or 3 times a week. It’s a relaxing, easy way to give your skin a pick-me-up. Better yet, a mask with oil-absorbing ingredients will handle excess sebum.

Always do a patch test when using a new face mask. Just apply a small amount to your neck, back of the ear, or inner wrist. Wait a few hours and look for any irritation.

4. Moisturizer

Even oily skin needs to stay hydrated. Otherwise, dryness will make your sebaceous glands work even harder. Use an oil-free, gentle moisturizer with zero fragrance.

Keep it simple. A light moisturizer like grapeseed, almond, and avocado oil works best.

Natural Remedies To Manage Oily Skin

Natural skincare doesn’t look the same for everyone. With the following ingredients, you can be sure that your routine is designed to combat grease.

1. Honey

Honey is a rare “one size fits all” remedy. It reduces oil, hydrates the skin, and kills acne-causing bacteria like Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis.3 So whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin – honey has a place in your pantry.

2. Green Tea

Your complexion adore the antioxidants in green tea. The polyphenols also control inflammation, sebum, and bacteria, making it an excellent choice for angry skin.4 In liquid form, use green tea as a face rinse or toner. The leaves can be added to face masks or scrubs.

3. Papaya

For a natural glow, reach for papaya. A 2014 study in the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Science found that papaya combats both oil and bacteria. It’ll also reduce melanin, the natural pigment behind hyperpigmentation, but won’t leave your skin dry.5 Simply mash up fresh fruit and use as a mask or cleanser.

4. Clay

Clay is amazing for absorbing extra oil.6 Many commercial products have it, but save your cash and buy cosmetic clay powder from the health store. Mix it with honey or papaya for an instant oil-absorbing mask.

For some, excess oil only affects certain areas of the face like the T-zone. Sound familiar? Only use oil-absorbing ingredients on these problem areas. It’ll help prevent unwanted dryness on the cheeks.

References   [ + ]

1. Akhtar, Naveed, Barkat A. Khan, Tariq Mahmood, Rashida Parveen, Mughal Qayum, and Masood Anwar. “Formulation and evaluation of antisebum secretion effects of sea buckthorn w/o emulsion.” Journal of Pharmacy And Bioallied Sciences 2, no. 1 (2010): 13.
2. Acne., American Academy of Family Physicians.
3. Julianti, Elin, Kasturi K. Rajah, and Irda Fidrianny. “Antibacterial Activity of Ethanolic Extract of Cinnamon Bark, Honey, and Their Combination Effects against Acne-Causing Bacteria.” Scientia Pharmaceutica 85, no. 2 (2017): 19.
4. Saric, Suzana, Manisha Notay, and Raja K. Sivamani. “Green Tea and Other Tea Polyphenols: Effects on Sebum Production and Acne Vulgaris.” Antioxidants 6, no. 1 (2016): 2.
5. Khan, H., N. Akhtar, and A. Ali. “Effects of cream containing ficus carica L. fruit extract on skin parameters: In vivo evaluation.” Indian journal of pharmaceutical sciences 76, no. 6 (2014): 560.
6. Piérard, Gérald E., Claudine Piérard-Franchimont, R. Marks, M. Paye, and V. Rogiers. “EEMCO guidance for the in vivo assessment of skin greasiness.” Skin Pharmacology and Physiology 13, no. 6 (2000): 372-389.

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