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How to Treat Oily Skin - Your Tool Kit For Understanding How to Care For an Oily Skin Problem
By David J Hallett

Some people are blessed with normal, well-balanced skin whilst others may have varying problems, such as dryness, irritation, combination skin, acne prone skin or an oily skin condition. Heredity can play a role in oily skin and if your mother or father had it you may well have also have it.

Production of oil in the skin is stimulated by hormone production and anything that causes fluctuation in the hormones can cause skin to become excessively oily. For women, hormonal changes occur not only during puberty but at the beginning of each menstrual cycle, during pregnancies and also during menopause. If a woman is taking a birth control pill this can also affect the skin badly and contribute to an oily skin problem. Emotional and physical situations can also cause the skin to react badly and make hormones go into overdrive, which can exacerbate an oily skin condition.

Oil in the skin (known as sebum) is produced by the sebaceous glands which are located within the second layer (or dermis) of the skin. These glands are most plentiful in the face, neck, chest, head and back, and are one reason for these areas being affected by excessive oil production more than in any other area of the body. In order to reach your skin from the glands, the oils flow into nearby follicular pores and work their way to the skin's surface. This oil then plays an essential role in the health of skin and hair. It helps seal essential moisture into the skin and helps keep skin plump and hydrated. However, in some people excessive oil is produced, and as a result hair no longer looks clean and shiny but rather greasy and dirty-looking, and skin can look shiny, slick and grimy.

For people with an oily skin problem there are some positives about having this skin condition (yes, really!). The best thing is that oily skin tends to age less quickly than other types of skin and will have less wrinkles and creases as it ages. People pay good money to try and keep their skin looking youthful, so having a naturally more youthful, less wrinkly skin without having to pay anything for it can only be a very good thing! Many people who are afflicted with a dry skin or combination skin condition would be happy to have skin that is naturally more plump and youthful looking due to its natural abundance of oils, so if you have an oily skin problem there are distinct benefits!

However, the better your diet is, the better your skin will look and behave, and this applies to everybody of course! If you eat lots of junk food and your diet is lacking in essential minerals and vitamins then this will be reflected in the condition of your skin and in your body in general. To prevent an oily skin problem from worsening and to improve the condition of your skin (and your overall health!) there are simple dietary changes that you can make, such as:-

  • Drinking plenty of water, or uncaffeinated drinks such as fruit juices. This will keep skin super-hydrated and flush out toxins. The more toxins there are in the body, the more they will play havoc with your skin and only exacerbate an oily skin problem. Don't drink too many soft drinks and restrict alcohol intake.
  • Restrict your intake of sugar, salt, chocolate and highly processed and junk foods.
  • Reduce the amount of unhealthy fat in your diet. Avoid processed meats, fried and highly seasoned foods. Don't consume hydrogenated fat, animal fats or heat-processed vegetable oils. Healthy fats, such as olive oil and those contained in oily fish, are essential for healthy skin and hair, however, so everybody should include these as part of a regular, healthy diet in order to keep skin at its best.
  • Make sure your diet is rich in proteins, and eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits.
  • A deficiency in Vitamin B2 can cause, or contribute to, an oily skin problem. Good sources of Vitamin B2 are whole grains, nutritional yeast, wheatgerm, beans and nuts.
  • Evening Primrose Oil is beneficial for the skin. It contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is an essential fatty acid that strengthens skin cells and boosts their moisture content.

There are other simple steps you can take to improve an oily skin problem:-

  • Avoid smoking, or spending too long in a smoky environment, as this promotes enlargement of the pores and will impair the overall health of the skin.
  • Get enough sleep, as the skin's cellular repair activity is at its optimum during sleep.
  • Regular exercise boosts circulation and encourages blood flow to the skin. This will nourish and cleanse your skin from within, and prevent it from looking sluggish.
  • Wash your face with water that is hot enough to melt the oil, but not hot enough to be uncomfortable. Hot water will only aggravate an oily skin problem, and cold or lukewarm water don't remove oil well. Vigorous washing only stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more oil and can further stretch pores that are already enlarged, so when washing your face be gentle! Oil based cleansers are also an efficient way of dissolving oil but every trace of cleanser needs to be thoroughly removed with a toner which is not alcohol based as that can actually dehydrate skin and cause the skin to tighten and shrink, which in turn can lead to oil flow through the pores becoming restricted, causing clogged pores and breakouts.
  • When cleansing, massage your face well with your fingertips, genbtly using an upward and outward motion, as this will improve the skin's circulation.
  • To clear excessive oil, use a clay mask. Clay helps to neutralize and purify the skin, and pulls oil from the pores and absorbs it, so is ideal for an oily skin problem.
  • Honey has natural antibacterial properties and is great for disinfecting and healing minor blemishes, so skin that is prone to oiliness and breakouts will greatly benefit. It is also extremely gentle on sensitive skin. You can make a paste by mixing honey with cinnamon powder. Apply the paste over your face and neck and leave on for at least half an hour. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water and gently pat skin dry. This is a great natural oily skin treatment.
  • Oily skin still needs to be moisturized because even though skin is high in oil, it can still be lacking in moisture (water) so it's important to use a moisturizer that doesn't contain oil in order to keep skin hydrated.
  • Aloe Vera has excellent healing, anti-inflammatory properties, so facial products containing this are beneficial in oily skin care.
  • Choose facial care products and make-up which have been specifically designed for an oily skin problem. Skincare products for oily skin often contain a glycolic acid or salicylic acid, and these do an excellent job of exfoliating the skin, reducing sebum buildup and giving oily skin a fresher, more youthful appearance.
  • Avoiding picking or squeezing any blackheads and pimples. It may be tempting to squeeze, scratch, rub or touch your pimples but doing this will only increase sebum production and constantly touching skin, especially with dirty fingers, will only make skin that is already prone to oily skin breakouts worse. Squeezing ruptures the membranes below the skin, which causes infection and sebum to spread underneath your skin. The result is more pimples so, no matter how tempting it may be to have a go, don't do it!
  • Keep hair off your face. Hair contains oil as well and this will only contribute to breakouts on skin that is already prone to excessive oiliness. You should also wash your hair every day and after workouts;
  • Wash your pillow case frequently. Your pillow case absorbs the oils from your skin and reapplies the dirt and oil. This causes oily skin breakouts. Keep your sheets and pillowcases clean and fresh.

There are also many oily skin treatments and oily skin care available today, both over the counter and by prescription, that can help sufferers of oily skin. Some cosmetic manufacturers supply everything you need to care for oily skin in a kit, making oily skin treatment easier than ever!

Dailygrooming Ltd is a UK Salon and Official Platinum supplier of the Dermalogica skin care product. Dermalogica is a skincare system researched and developed by the International Dermal Institute. If you want oily skin relief, professional skincare advice is recommended.


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