Shine is a beautiful thing when it reflects on your hair, eyes or lips, but it gets a little tricky when it comes to your face. Having a shiny face can imply that you have a gleaming skin that radiates resplendence or the quite opposite, a greasy skin with an overabundance of oil all over your face. If latter is the case then the situation gets worse as acne showcases its presence. In the end, wet wipes become your best friend and socialising a dreadful dream. But don’t worry, we’re here to rescue you from this tormenting ordeal. Here are six ways to deal with an oily skin as discussed by professional dermatologist Dr Suruchi Puri.
What Causes Oily Skin?
“Our skin type is determined by our genetics and environmental conditions (to some extent),” comments Dr Puri. She further adds, “There are certain glands in our body, known as sebaceous glands, that are responsible for the production of oil in our body. The number and size of these glands are controlled by our genetics. But, post puberty the control is passed to our hormones. Usually men are more prone to oily skin because of abundance of androgens, the male hormones, is the main stimulant for an oily skin. Oil is produced by our body naturally to lubricate the skin or nourish it but when the sebum secretion gets excessive, it may block the skin pores and become a breeding ground for bacterias that cause acne.”
6 Ways To Deal With Oily Skin
1. Use A Face Wash
Dr Puri says that treating oily skin needs extra care. We must wash our face regularly to wipe off the grease. Use a face wash regularly. If that doesn’t suffice, ask your dermatologist to prescribe you a thalecelic acid or glycolic acid-based face wash.
2. Get Rid Of Oily Products
If have an oily skin, using oil-based moisturisers will only exacerbate the situation. So, make sure you eschew from moisturisers or creams that contain paraffin or lanolin as they can block your pores. Instead, opt for any light lotion-based mosturisers. Ask your dermatologists for further advice on what products you must choose and which ones are best to avoid.
Honey is one of nature’s best remedies to treat your skin. Honey has antiseptic and antibacterial qualities that can protect your skin from acne. It also acts as a natural humectant. Humectants are substances that draw moisture from the skin without removing it. To use honey to treat oily skin and acne - apply raw honey to your skin and let it dry. Wash it off with water after a while.
Aloe Vera is another naturally-produced substance that can treat oily skin. It is has been widely advertised as a skin healer and been famously used in many face wash as well. Applying aloe vera to your skin can alleviate skin inflammation and treat flaky patches caused by oily skin.
Lemon has antibacterial qualities that helps to keep acne at bay. The acid in lemons and other citrus fruits also helps to absorb oil and tighten the skin pores. Apply it to your skin and rinse it after drying.
6. Avoid Oily Food
Prevention is better than cure. So, if you have an oily skin you need not aggravate the problem further by eating oily food. Thus, it is best to avoid a heap load of butter or ghee in your food. Even chicken or fish, if possible, must be consumed only in grilled form. Avoid the yolk while eating egg.