13 Oily Facial Skin Care Tips
Women who have oily facial skin are the luckiest of all skin types. Excessive oils keep your skin softer and more supple, so you show the signs of aging much slower than dry skin types.
Dry skin can look wrinkled and parched, whereas oily skin looks healthy, plump, and youthful. If you have oily skin, you might not think you’re all that lucky though, especially if you suffer from regular acne.
Women with oily skin know the pains of having excessive oils and larger pores. But here's the thing... You don’t ever want to get rid of the oils your skin produces. They are good for keeping your skin hydrated. Even so, you do need to take a few steps to curve oil production and diminish pore size. The trick is to keep oils at a happy medium. Not too much, not too little, but just enough!
I’ve been around for over 50 years and have always had oily skin. There is a lot of misinformation on the internet and a whole lot of bad advice. Let me set the record straight!
For one, iodine does not contribute to oily skin. Iodine is vital
, especially to your skin. In fact, the more, the merrier.
It's a huge misnomer that oily facial skin is bad! Its not the end of the world to have excess oils. Hormones are the #1 cause of oily skin problems, so as soon as women crawl out of their early 20’s, hormones usually calm down! (and so does your skin)! Having a child can also affect your skin, although in most cases, child bearing affects the scalp and hair more than your skin. Hormones are usually the culprit of excessive facial pimples.
Women who have naturally dark hair are far more prone to have oily skin. You just don't hear about a lot of natural blondes having a lot of problems with oily skin! In fact, they usually have normal to dry skin instead. Oily skin also runs rampant among ethnic groups, such as African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and many others.
With all that said, these are a few suggestions to help you with your oily skin problems. You don't have to necessarily buy products specifically made for oily skin. As long as you know what you're looking for and can read ingredients, you can find products that are right for your skin.
Oily Facial Skin Care Tips
Wash your face with facial soaps made for oily skin, such as Neutrogena Naturals. If you've run out of facial soap, it's occasionally alright to use any soap you can find, (like antibacterial hand soap), especially if you use an astringent afterward.
That being said, its NEVER a good idea to over-wash oily facial skin. You need only wash your skin once in the morning and once before bed. Washing or over-cleaning your oily facial skin can signal sebaceous glands to produce more oils. That's the opposite of what you want!
Acne creams that contain sulfur or resorcinol help to unclog pores. They work best when used after blemishes appear on the skin, and help to repair the skin.
Foods that help improve oily skin are leafy veggies, raw nuts, nut butters, sea kelp, avocado's, seeds, sprouts, and coconut milk. Incorporate more of these foods into your diet regularly.
Having oily skin means that you must create a balance during all seasons of the year. You may need to clean your skin more when the temps are sweltering and less when the weather cools down.
Twice a week, use a facial mask like this one:
Face Mask for Oily Facial Skin
- Couple drops of fresh lemon juice
- 1 apple
- Sprig of fresh rosemary
- Couple leaves of fresh sage
Peel the apple and cook thoroughly in boiling water until tender. Cool, then remove the seeds and stem, cut into pieces and place in a food processor. Add lemon juice, sage and rosemary sprigs. Blend until you have a smooth paste. Use twice weekly. (Keep leftovers in the frig.)
This mask cleanses, tones, nourishes the skin, controls oils, fights blemishes, and helps eradicate free radicals.
Always use a water based daily moisturizer. They help reduce shine, won't clog pores, and temporarily stops oil production.
Use loose powders instead of compact powders to help soak up extra oils all day long. Loose powders won't pack makeup into your pores. Compacts do!
Removing makeup at the end of the day is a must have, no matter how late the party lasted!
Two to four times a month, use a deep cleansing facial mask to help draw impurities from your skin.
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Drink plenty of water, which helps maintain skin's healthy balance.
Oily foods, fats, preservatives, and carcinogenic chemicals found in processed foods, are known skin problem-makers. Avoid them like the plague, especially if you have acne-prone skin.
It is a myth that the consumption of fried foods contributes to oily skin. However, inadvertently, they can! When you eat them, you may forget about having oily fingers and touch your hands to your face. If you do eat fried foods, be mindful about your hand placement.
Oily facial skin need not be a problem. If you've got raging hormones, just know that it won't last forever. Feel blessed that you will look younger longer! Dry skin poses many more problems for women than does oily skin.
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