Oily skin occurs when the sebaceous glands produce more oil than is needed for proper lubrication of the skin. This excess oil can clog pores and cause blemishes. Oily skin is probably largely a matter of heredity, but it is known to be affected by factors such as diet and hormone levels. Humidity and hot weather also stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more OIL. Because skin tends to become dryer with age, and because of the hormonal shifts of adolescence, oily skin is common in teenagers, but it can in certain ate any age. Many people have skin that is oily only in certain areas and dry or normal in others, a condition known as combination skin. In general, the fore head, nose, chin and upper back tend to be oilier than other areas.
Oily skin has its positive aspects. It is slow to develop age spot and discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles. It doesn’t freckle or turn red in the sun- on the contrary, it tans evenly and beautifully.
- Drink plenty of quality water to keep the skin hydrated and flush out toxins.
- Reduce the amount of fat in your diet. Consume no fried foods, animal fats, or heat-processed vegetable oils such as those sold in supermarkets. Do not cook with oil, and do not eat any oils that have been subjected to heat, whether in processing or cooking. If a little oil is necessary, such as in salad dressing, use cold-pressed canola or olive oil only.
- Do not drink soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Avoid sugar, chocolate, and junk food.
- Keep your skin very clean. Wash your face two or three times in the course of a day, but do not use harsh soaps or cleansers. Use a pure soap with no artificial additives, such as E Gem skin care soap from Carlson laboratories. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol. After cleansing, apply a natural oil free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.
- Alpha-hydroxy acid are a group of naturally occurring acids (found mostly in fruits) that help to stimulate cell renewal, aid the skin in retaining water, and give it a smoother, less oily appearance. Oily skin can benefit from the use of products containing alpha-hydroxy acids because they aid in removal of the top layer of dead skin cells, which stimulates healthy skin growth and may diminish large pores. Glycolic acid is probably the best of the alpha-hydroxy acids for this purpose. If you decide to try an alpha-hydroxy acid product, begin with a product containing 5 percent alpha-hydroxy acid, and apply it at night only, first wash your face, then wait five minutes before applying a small amount of the product. After two or three weeks of nighttime application, you can begin applying the product in the morning as well.k as your skin becomes accustomed to the effects of alpha-hydroxy acids, you may wish to work your way up to higher-concentration products.
- Two or three times a week, use a loofah sponge for the face (available in health food stores) and warm water to boost circulation, remove dead skin cells, and remove many of the impurities found in oily skin. Avoid using the loofah around your eyes, and do not use it on areas with open sores.
- To clear away excess oil, use a clay mask. Blend together well 1 teaspoon green clay powder (available in health food stores) and 1 teaspoon raw honey. Apply the mixture tour face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, then rinse well with lukewarm water. Do this at least three times a week or more often if necessary.
- Once or twice daily, mix equal parts of lemon juice and water together. Pat mixture on your face and allow it to dry, then rinse with warm water. Follow with a cool-water rinse.
- For combination skin, simply treat the oily areas as oily skin and the dry areas as dry skin.
- Do not smoke. Smoking promotes enlargement of the pores and impairs the overall health of the skin.