If your skin gets too oily, then it means your sebaceous glands are producing too much sebum, the oily substance that protects your skin. Excess of it can even lead to acne. It can be hereditary, but other causes may include stress and changes in hormonal activity. The positive side is that skin which is oily ages better and develops lesser wrinkles than dry or normal skin as time goes by, though it also needs more caring as you will have to keep cleaning the over-productive pores. Scrub your oily skin gently, as you need to wash off dead skin cells, dirt and excess oil. If you overdo the scrubbing, your oily skin will end up producing more oil and aggravate the problem.
Keeping your skin clean
- While washing your face use only warm water, because it dissolves oil better than cool water.
- Select your cleanser wisely. Stay away from creamy products, whether you use soap bars or liquid soap. Simple soaps are perfectly okay, but you might try some soaps specially made for oily skin.
- Some steam treatment also can do the trick. Mix two tablespoons of dried rosemary and peppermint in a bowl of boiling water. Drape a towel over your head and bend over the vessel, and stay that way for 10 minutes. Afterwards, cleanse and tone your face.
- After washing your face, dab some witch hazel all over it with some cotton. Do it twice a day for about three weeks, and after that apply it only once a day. Witch hazel has an astringent effect and tightens up the pores as they dry.
- You can make a toner out of the herbs yarrow, sage or peppermint as they too have an astringent effect on your oily face. Take a tablespoon of one of these herbs and mix it into a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 30 minutes. Strain the fluid after it cools and dab it on your face. You can store the liquid for three days at room temperature and for five days in a refrigerator.
- A mixture of lavender water and neroli essential oil is an excellent cleanser and toner. Take some lavender water and pour it into a spray bottle with a few drops of neroli oil added to it. Spray it on your oily face as many times a day as you wish.
Use buttermilk to massage your face every other day. Wash your face and then massage some buttermilk into your face, as it contains acids that can clean away dirt and also tightens pores. Rinse it off after a few minutes.
Oil-busting face masks
- Mud packs and clay masks help reduce the oiliness and also draws out dirt from it. These masks are available in pharmacies or superstores.
- Make a paste out of egg-white, honey and a little flour and apply it to your face. The egg-white will soak up the oil and firm up the skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off.