Prevent Oily Skin by Adopting The Right Skin Care Regime
Posted Jan 26 2009 3:28pm
Oily skin tends to appear shiny and feel ‘greasy’ to the touch, with pores that tend to be enlarged and prone to blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. The skin outside the T-Zone however, can be normal or even tend toward dry. This is more common than a uniform oily skin and does tend to require different approaches for each of the different skin types.
In this article, however, we’ll focus on how to treat the oily skin type only, as other skin types are discussed in related articles.
Causes of Oily Skin
Genes can be such that your parents passed on ‘the oily skin gene’ to you and that is just the way it is. But you don’t have to resign your self to having oily skin. The right skin care regime will help to balance the pH of your skin and help you achieve a more ‘normal’ skin type.
This is one area where you can have a strong influence. You choose what you eat and what you eat will affect your skin. Eat oily, greasy foods and your skin will reflect that. Eat healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables and your skin will reflect that too.
Some vegetables are particularly good to help balance your skin and help reduce the oiliness of your skin. Some include: Greens and fruits; drink Yarrow Tea; add Cucumber, parsley, Cabbage, Tomato to your cooking and salads.
In addition make sure you have adequate levels of vitamin B2. Even a slight deficiency in vitamin B2 can cause oily skin. Natural sources of vitamin B2 are nutritional yeast, wheat germ and organ meats, which provide both vitamin B5 and vitamin B2. Other good sources of vitamin B2 are whole grains, beans, nuts, and royal jelly. Buckwheat, black beans and whole rice are excellent to supply the body with iron, which will rejuvenate pale skin.
Hormonal causes of oily skin
Hormones influence your skin to a great extent. The birth control pill can cause some women to develop oily skin, while in others it can cause dryness of the skin. You should talk to your health professional about your concerns if you suspect your birth control pill to be causing you oily skin.
Pregnancy is a time when your body goes through a number of hormonal changes, these will tend to normalise themselves after birth, however, using a good quality, natural skin care regime can give you considerable relief while your pregnant and wish to get your oily skin under control.
Make sure your cosmetic products are natural, synthetic and artificial products have a habit of causing all sorts of skin reactions, apart from making your skin oilier than it already is.
Climatic causes of oily skin
Hot, humid climates tend to cause oily skin. Again you can counteract this by using a high quality natural skin care regime and drinking lots of water (in excess of 3 litres per day).
Most commonly, teenagers are most likely to be affected by oiliness of the skin, however, hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, puberty, menstrual cycles etc., can affect the sebum secretions of the skin and result in oily skin. Although, generally with age the skin tends to become dryer, oily skin can still be a problem even during the middle stages of life, often referred to as ’middle age acne’. The up-side of oily skin is - it ages more slowly.
Skin Care for Oily Skin Types
First, let’s look at what NOT to do:
Do not wash your face more than once or twice a day. Washing your skin tends to irritate it and this will cause the skin to produce more oil in order to soothe the irritation.
Do not use soap to wash your face. Most commercially manufactured soaps change the natural pH of your skin. Your skin’s pH is slightly acidic and the wrong soaps will strip the skin of it’s natural soils and destroy the protective ‘Acid Mantel’.
Do not use strongly astringent products (products that leaf your face feeling dry and dehydrated).
Now let’s look at what TO DO to balance your oily skin
Use a complete, natural skin care regime.
Two or three times a week use a deep cleansing mask specifically formulated for oily skin. Wildcrafted’s Green Earth Medicine Facial Clay has been specifically formulated for oily skin and includes ingredients such as Green Clay and Niaouli Hydrosol, which are beneficial in treating your oily skin.
Wash your face no more than twice a day using hot water. Then use a natural cleanser. Wildcrafted’s Lemon Cleanser uses ingredients such as essential oils of Lemon and Lavender blended with Jojoba oil to cleanse, freshen and restore your skin and it’s pH.
Use a toner that is appropriate for oily skin. Wildcrafted’s Wild Herb Toner makes use of Witch hazel and Juniper Berry, which condition and tone the skin, while Grapefruit and Niaouli invigorate the skin prior to moisturising.
Use a moisturiser designed specifically for oily skin. Wildcrafted’s Avocado Day Crèmecontains wholesome oils like Wheat germ and cocoa butter that moisturise and hydrate the skin without leaving a greasy feeling and essential oils of orange blossom and lemon to cleanse and soothe.
If you do have to wash your face, use hot water (as warm as you can stand). This will help dissolve the oils on your skin, promote blood circulation and open your pores, which will allow for deep cleansing of your skin. DO NOT USE SOAP. Instead, use the Lemon cleanser to clean your face and follow the steps outlined under ‘Daily skin care regime’.
Two or may be three times a week treat your skin to a facial sauna; A facial sauna uses the following herbs: lemon grass, licorice root, and rosebuds. Using equal parts of these herbs, mix 3-4 tablespoons into a simmering pot of 2 litres of water for your facial sauna. When the pot is steaming, place it on a table, and sit with your face at a comfortable distance over the steam for fifteen minutes. You can use a towel to trap the steam if you wish.
After fifteen minutes, splash your face with cold water and allow your skin to air dry. Follow this by using Wildcrafted’s Wild Herb Toner to close the pores of your skin. This will prevent loss of moisture and the essential oils and herbs in the Wild Herb Toner will nourish and hydrate your skin.
Drink plenty of water each and every day. Water is essential to help your body detoxify itself and flush the system. Drink at least 2.5-3.0 litres of water every day (if you can, use purified water when ever possible).
A regular exercise regime will also benefit your skin. Exercise creates increased blood circulation to the skin providing your skin with increases oxygen and nutrients, which will be beneficial in adding to control oily skin.
Danny Siegenthaler is a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and together with his wife Susan, a medical herbalist and Aromatherapist, they have created Natural Skin Care Products by Wildcrafted Herbal Products to share their 40 years of combined expertise with you.