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
Birth control pills
Cosmetics you use
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
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.
Use an oil-free
moisturizer and cosmetics.
Use a clay-based face
mask two or three times a week.
containing alpha-hydroxy acids, which remove dead cells and give skin
a smoother appearance.
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.
Steam your skin several
times a week. Add chamomile, lavender oil or dried herbs such as
rosemary, parsley or thyme to the water.
Keep your skin hydrated
by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.
Reduce fats and oils in
your diet. Increase your intake of fresh vegetables, fruits and whole
Watch your sun exposure.
Although the sun may seem to dry your skin, too much heat actually
stimulates the production of more oil.
Supplement your diet
with B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc and vitamin E. You
can also take a high-potency multivitamin.
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