Most people are unhappy with a shine look. Dealing with an oily skin becomes challenging because of the general tendency to overly washing it, which in fact, only stimulates the production of the sebaceous glands that creates oiliness in the first place.
In order to treat the condition we have to understand its causes; hormonal imbalance is at the root of the problem that will stimulate the overproduction of sebaceous activity.
In addition to the unpleasant aspect of shininess, an oily skin has other, even more inconvenient disadvantages; one of them is the increased probability of getting blackheads and blemishes.
When the sebum gets trapped into the pores and can’t find its way to the surface the clogging begins. Blackheads are formed by the oxidation of the oil trapped into a pore whose shape has been altered by the hardening of the sebum. The consequence will be the enlargement of the pores, characteristic of oily skin.
In dealing with the oiliness of skin, home remedies are plenty; they are easy to use and inexpensive. Most importantly they are truly natural and the proof is that you make it yourself using your refrigerator or supermarket as a source.
Cleansing: this important step could be easily accomplished by mixing tomato juice with buttermilk (tomatoes contain salicylic acid and buttermilk is rich in lactic acid. Both will have a beneficial effect on cleaning and reshaping the pores, avoiding the trapping of sebum). Whole milk is also a cleaning agent that will remove impurities without creating dehydration. It is important not to overdo the cleaning process since it can stimulate more oil production defeating the initial purpose.
Toning: rather than using any alcohol base astringents, a simple mixture of fresh cucumber juice and apple vinegar will solve the rebalancing of the natural acidity of the skin’s mantel. The recommended proportions of this natural toner are 3 parts distilled water to 1 part mixture. Also a proven method of diminishing the oily aspect of skin is the use of a light chamomile solution which has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. A mixture of baking soda and distilled water to which a few drops of lemon or lime juice is added will also make a good toner.
Exfoliation: in order to remove the accumulation of dead cells on the top layer of the skin, papaya is the most effective natural enzyme. It will accomplish the desired results of dissolving skin debris without creating irritation and inflammation. Another excellent way to exfoliate is the use of cornmeal or oatmeal mixed with the white of an egg (bit the egg white and add cornmeal until obtaining a paste and use upward circular motions). This mixture should not be used when breakouts are present as it could spread bacteria and aggravate an acne condition.
Moisturizing an oily skin could be tricky. The best alternative is using honey, (the most powerful anti-dehydrator) which also has moisturizing abilities and a proven anti bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In the same category aloe vera (from a home grown plant) will ensure the beneficial natural moisture without adding to the oiliness of the skin. Yogurt will also replenish the skin because of its lactic acid content that will provide an immediate relief through its calming properties.
Nourishing an oily skin is just as important as avoiding dehydration and the possibilities are almost infinite. All acid fruit can make an effective mask when mixed with either honey or baking soda. The anti-oxidant properties of fruit will give a new radiance to the skin and diminishes the shiny aspect. Depending on the condition of individual skin such masks could be used 2 to 3 times a week and the effect will be not only instantly visible, but also a long time solution for keeping the production of sebaceous glands under control.
Finally the last step is make-up that will not add to the lipid production and create a shine appearance. Milk of magnesia spread evenly in a thin layer will absorb the excess oil and will allow the use of foundation followed by a loose powder, preferably one that is rice based.
When treating an oily skin special attention should be used in avoiding additional problems caused by excessive cleaning and scrubbing which will only aggravate the condition and will contribute to the superficial dehydration that keeps the sebum trapped inside the pores, even trying a natural body wash for eczema could be useful!
As with every other skin routine moderation is a must. Natural remedies will take more time to accomplish the desired effect, but in the end, they will be more beneficial for the wellbeing of a balanced and healthy skin.
Most of the cosmetic products available are designed for so called “spectacular results” and “immediate solutions” without addressing the long term effects of excessively drying the skin. They may claim “natural ingredients“, but please keep in mind that the chemical process of extracting such ingredients as well as the chemical preservatives used in order to obtain any cosmetic product will kill the beneficial properties of whatever nature itself could bring to us in terms of healing remedies.