4 Easy Methods to Manage Oily Skin
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Oily skin can be a real pain – it can make a face look greasy and unclean; it can aid in the spreading of dirt and acne related bacteria; it can be nightmare when mixed with makeup; and, ultimately, it can stress the heck out of you! This unhealthy concoction can very easily lead to whiteheads or other such nonsense appearing. Not good. 🙁
But, and this is the important bit, it’s most certainly a condition that is very manageable. What exactly is oily skin though? Well simply put, it’s an area of our skin where there is an excessive production of oil/sebum. It’s not an uncommon occurrence and it’s also not something that indicates poor health – though this may be a factor.
I have quite oily skin on my forehead, even though I exercise regularly and also have a solid diet. Despite this, my forehead can often appear shiny if I do not cleanse regularly. Below are some of the most usual reasons why this issue might occur:
All of the above can quite easily lead to an excess of oil/sebum being produced by your skin. This can then lead to blockages and skin irritation occurring in the affected area. So, the question is, how do we manage oily skin? Well, below I’ve compiled five foolproof methods that will help you to do just that.
P.S. Oily skin can quite easily lead to acne and subsequent breakouts - for more on acne vulgaris and how to treat it, take a look at our Best Acne Treatments guide for more relevant information.
Method One: Cleanse Both Regularly & Properly
Skin that is naturally quite oily needs to be cleansed more regularly then say areas of skin that are dry or sensitive. This is because the excess oil/sebum needs to be cleared away less it begin to block your pores.
By exfoliating your skin on a consistent basis, this will result in the oil/sebum as well as any dirt being removed from your face. This will then limit the chances of your pores being blocked. However, this will be all for naught if you do not adopt the correct cleansing routine. Click on the following for an example of a thorough exfoliating routine.
Another factor that is also important is that you buy the correct cleansing products. It’s rather counterproductive if you starting applying a useless or even harmful cleanser.
We at the Health Base reviewed one of the best rated cleansing products and home kits available on the market today: Exposed Treatment Kit or ClearPores Full Treatment System – this is a perfect home treatment for oily or acne affected skin
Important note: When buying a cleansing product or kit, it is absolutely vital that you ensure there is no alcohol incorporated into the product’s formula. Alcohol is an extreme cleansing agent that works a little bit too well when it comes in contact with skin – in that clears off everything, both good and bad.
The end result is that your skin will be super dry and sensitive, something that is definitely not what we want. While alcohol has becoming less and less used in beauty and healthcare products over the past number of years, it can still be found in certain cleansers and exfoliants so take care.
Method Two: Moisturize Regularly
If you are a frequent visitor to the Health Base and have read a few of our pieces, then you’ll be aware that we place quite a bit of importance on moisturizing. There’s good reason for this! No matter what skin type you have, moisturizing is essential for its health.
Incorporating a high quality moisturizing agent into your daily routine is pretty much a must if you are looking for solid results. In fact, not using a moisturizer will most certainly undercut all the other efforts and steps that you take in trying to maintain your skin’s health – it’s that important!
Why is it so important though? What is it about moisturizing that makes it so essential? Well, you see, when we use cleansing and exfoliating treatments – whether it be scrubs, creams, masks, microdermabrasion, or whatever – there are certain elements that are taken from our skin. This is just a natural side effect of clearing off all that unwanted rubbish.
So, therefore, these elements need to be replaced. These include essential nutrients and vitamins. In addition, our skin will also be dehydrated after such treatments. A good quality moisturizer will rehydrated the skin as well as supplying it once more with those needed nutrients and vitamins.
When it comes to the type of moisturize to use, we at the Health Base recommend going for a water based type rather than oil based. This is simply because water based creams are far easier to apply. Oil based creams can leave the skin looking shiny after being applied.
An example of such a moisturizer can be seen in our Zenmed Review – The Oil Free Day Lotion (Product No. 7 in the Table of Contents).
Method Three: Clay Masks
This is a more time consuming method than the ones outlined above, but one that has been proven to be just as effective in regards to dealing with oily skin. Clay masks have two major benefits when it comes to dealing with this skin type. They are….
For an example of a perfect DIY home clay mask, take a look at the following method:
DIY Home Clay Mask
- Combine 1 teaspoon of clay in a small bowl with 3-5 drops of Witch Hazel
- Ensure that you mix thoroughly
- When the mixture is settled, gently apply it all over your face
- Allow the mixture to dry on your face
- Rinse of the clay mask with lukewarm water
- Pat dry your face with a clean towel or face cloth
- Repeat this treatment twice a week for best results
- Use for one month at a time
Alternatively, if you don’t fancy the DIY version, take a look at Zenmed’s Derma Cleanse Mask for a top quality version – it’s located in the Table of Contents under Product 3.
Method Four: Get in Your Vitamins & Minerals!
This may seem like an obvious solution, but sometimes the best methods are the ones that we neglect because of their obviousness!
I speak of personal experience – for years I took the consumption of minerals and vitamins for granted. I never really took any notice of them, always just thinking that I was getting enough of such things from my food intake.
Well, I was mistaken!! Even if you have a superb diet (most of us don’t), there is still a good chance that you’re missing out on a certain vitamin or mineral.
Our bodies and skin need such a variety of minerals and vitamins that it can be really difficult trying to figure out which ones are the most vital.
When it comes to vitamins and nutrients that are vital and super effective in dealing with excessively oily skin, there are three that stand out. These are Vitamin A; zinc; and Omega 3. These three are the kings of helping a person deal with oily skin. Below is a quick explanation of the benefits of these three vitamins/nutrients.
Works to regulate your oil/sebum production which is key to maintaining healthy skin. Also helps to boost the repairing of skin tissue.
Super effective at supplying anti-inflammatory properties to your skin which are loaded with antibacterial elements.
This ingredient takes the form of fatty acids that are key in preventing your body from overproducing sebum/oil.
My Final Word
As I’ve said before, having excessively oily skin isn’t exactly the end of the world. However, it can be quite annoying if not treated correctly – leading to shiny, unhealthy looking skin that could even result in breakouts or acne.
Luckily, as outlined in this article, there are multiple ways in which to deal with oily skin – all which are pretty straightforward. They are also either free or else very cheap in which to administer which makes them even more attractive as solutions. I guess then, the question that matters is which one is best suited for your skin?
Honestly, there is no correct answer for this question! Sorry. 🙂 Every skin type is different and each reacts with varying levels of success to the ways I’ve outlined in this article. My advice is simple to try a few and see which ones work best for you! A little bit of experimenting never hurt anyone…well, in most cases anyway!!
To Your Health,