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Oily skin is shiny, thick and dull colored. Often a chronically oily skin has coarse pores and pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. It is prone to blackheads. In this type of skin, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed. The oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look.

Causes of Oily Skin

  1. Heredity problem

  2. Improper Diet

  3. Hormone levels

  4. Pregnancy

  5. Birth control pills

  6. Cosmetics you use

  7. Humidity and hot weather

Because of the hormonal shifts of adolescence, oily skin is common in teenagers, but it can occur at any age. In general, skin tends to become dryer with age. The flow of sebum or oil increases during adolescence and starts decreasing with age. During pregnancy and menopause, hormonal imbalances can also upset the oil balance and increase the activity of sebaceous glands.

Treatment Options for Oily Skins

  1. Wash your face two or three times a day with a mild cleanser that does not include perfumes or additives. Keep your skin very clean, but do not scrub too hard.

  2. Use an oil-free moisturizer and cosmetics.

  3. Use a clay-based face mask two or three times a week.

  4. Choose products containing alpha-hydroxy acids, which remove dead cells and give skin a smoother appearance.

  5. Mash up a small amount of papaya for your own fruit acid mask. Smear it on your skin, leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse.

  6. Steam your skin several times a week. Add chamomile, lavender oil or dried herbs such as rosemary, parsley or thyme to the water.

  7. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.

  8. Reduce fats and oils in your diet. Increase your intake of fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

  9. Watch your sun exposure. Although the sun may seem to dry your skin, too much heat actually stimulates the production of more oil.

  10. Supplement your diet with B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc and vitamin E. You can also take a high-potency multivitamin.

Problems Related With Oily Skin

  • Enlarged pores

  • Black heads

  • Acne and pimples

  • Coarse pores

  • Dark skin

  • More prone to moist eczema

  • Fungal infections


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