Did you know that outer layer of human skin is composed of natural oils and dead skin cells? This outermost layer is called the stratum corneum and it protects the healthy living cells by providing lubrication to the skin, trapping the moisture underneath to prevent the skin from drying and aging prematurely.
Some think the primary cause of oily skin is a greasy diet, but in truth, your genes play a huge part. Having oily skin is hereditary. You can change your diet or your hygiene, but you will still have oily skin. If your oily skin comes and goes, you can blame hormonal changes.
A Quick Background on Oily Skin
The hormone androgen is responsible for the natural oil production of the body. When a person hits puberty, androgen can become hyperactive and produce excess oil which clogs pores. When skin pores get clogged it can also lead to acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Androgen levels can also increase in women just before their menstrual period, during pregnancy and when they reach menopause. There are also cases where a person’s lifestyle can lead to having oily skin like taking oral contraceptives, dealing with stress or when a person takes steroids.
Another explanation is the overproduction of the sebaceous glands of sebum. This is the waxy substance that protects the skin. Too much sebum can make the skin oily and will also contribute to acne. Having large skin pores also contributes to having oily skin because large amounts of sebum are secreted into the skin, making it oily. No one can prevent the sebaceous glands from naturally producing oil but you can control or minimise it.
Washing your face often may be a good idea, but it can actually make things worse. If you wash your face too often, it can get dry and the sebaceous glands will compensate and will go into overdrive producing more sebum, resulting in even oilier skin.
There are many over-the-counter solutions for oily skin and there are also DIY or home remedies that you can try. If you decide to go down the natural remedy path, it’s still best to consult a dermatologist to check if you have any allergies to certain food items used in home remedies.
Home Remedies for Oily Skin
Some think that it’s hard to manage oily skin, but don’t worry, there are many remedies that are readily available. In fact, you’ve probably got these ingredients in your pantry! Oil control remedies should not be expensive and below are a few simple and effective remedies.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has the ability to kill bacteria. Alkaline in apple cider helps to balance the pH levels of the skin. First, you need to wash your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry. Mix 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar. After mixing, dip a cotton ball and dab the cotton onto your blemishes or your whole face if required. You can leave it for 10 minutes or overnight and wash your face with water. You can reapply the solution several times a day, just make sure to wash it off every time. Make sure you apply moisturiser if you feel that your skin is getting dry to prevent itching.
Tomatoes contain natural lycopene and other antioxidants which help in maintaining cell and skin health. Did you know that aside from tomatoes being delicious and rich in antioxidants, they also have astringent properties that help to maintain oily skin? Just make a paste from ripe tomatoes and apply directly to your face. Allow the paste to dry on your face and then wash it off. The astringent effect of tomatoes will reduce oil and the free radicals will give your skin a noticeable glow.
3. Baking Soda and Water
Wash face with water. Mix 1 part baking soda with two parts water and then gently apply to your face. It’s important to massage your face while applying the solution. Leave it for 3 minutes or until it feels dry and wash your face gently with water. You can do this daily to get the best results.
4. Egg Whites
Egg whites contain Vit A and help in drying out blemishes and toning the skin. Whip one egg until it is stiff. Apply and spread on your skin and leave it to dry. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this 2 times a week for the best results. Another solution is to whip 1 egg with the juice of half a lemon. Apply this mixture to your face and leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse with water. This solution will soak up excess oil and helps tighten the skin.
5. Clay Mask
Mix 3 tablespoons of fuller’s earth with water into a fine paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water thoroughly until no trace of the paste is left on your face. Do this once a week to control oily skin.
Salt acts as a natural desiccant to remove excess oil in the skin. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with water. Add a teaspoon of salt and shake it well until the salt dissolves. Spay the mix on your face and let it dry. Rinse with water afterwards. Leaving the salt solution on your skin for a long time can result in itchiness and skin burns, so it’s best to rinse it after the recommended time.
7. Cinnamon and Honey Mask
Honey and cinnamon are good on pancakes, but they can also be beneficial for controlling oily skin. Wash your face with water and mix 2 tablespoons of honey with a tablespoon of cinnamon until they form a paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse the mixture off completely and pat your face dry with a clean washcloth.
Yogurt can help in reducing unwanted excess oil on your skin. Yogurt contains lactic acid which helps exfoliate the skin and absorb oil. Just apply plain yogurt all over your face and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse off with water and pat dry. This remedy is easy on the skin and can be done once a day if desired.
Many beauty products contain papaya as one of their main ingredients. Just rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry. Mash up some ripe papaya flesh and apply it to your skin. Leave for 20 minutes and then gently rinse with warm water. Your skin may feel dry after this treatment so apply a bit of moisturiser to balance things out.
10. Orange Peel
The scent of orange helps to rejuvenate your senses and Vit C helps in maintaining the health of your cells. Plus, orange peels are natural astringents. Rinse your face with water. Blend 2 orange peels and water in a blender until it forms a paste. Add small splashes of water at a time because pouring all of it in will make the mixture runny. Once you have made the right consistency for the paste, apply it to your skin or face and leave it for 25 minutes. Rinse the paste from your skin with water and pat your face dry. If your face gets too dry, apply a bit of moisturiser.
Making these natural home remedies will hardly cost you anything. So, feed your skin some nutrients with these DIY remedies to control oil and get healthy, fresh looking skin.