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I love this site page with loads of information regarding oily skin. Meantions the causes, skin care, diet, natural skin care, essential oils for oily skin, herbs, homeopathy and common sense. I find myself going back to this site and re-reading every now and then. WATER girls, WATER is big too!!!!

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Oily skin is shiny, thick and dull colored. Often a chronically oily skin has coarse pores and pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. It is prone to blackheads. In this type of skin, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed. The oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look.

Causes of Oily Skin:
Heredity
Diet
Hormone levels
Pregnancy
Birth control pills
Cosmetics you use
Humidity and hot weather

Because of the hormonal shifts of adolescence, oily skin is common in teenagers, but it can occur at any age. In general, skin tends to become dryer with age. The flow of sebum or oil increases during adolescence and starts decreasing with age. During pregnancy and menopause, hormonal imbalances can also upset the oil balance and increase the activity of sebaceous glands.
Many people have skin that is oily only in certain areas and dry or normal in others, a condition known as combination skin.


Skin Care for Oily Skin

The great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types.

Oily skin needs special cleansing with plenty of hot water and soap to prevent the pores from being clogged. Avoid harsh products that strip your skin of oil and encourage flakiness. They can cause a reaction known as reactive seborrhoea, where the oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils.

Avoid skincare products that leave your skin feeling taut and dehydrated. They cause the upper layers of the skin to shrink. This restricts oil flow through the pores leading to blockages and breakouts.

To cleanse oily skin, use oil-based products as they dissolve sebum effectively. Opt for oil-free moisturizers to maintain a shine-free complexion.
Keep your skin very clean. Limit washing your face to two or three times a day. Too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil.

Choose your cleanser with care. Avoid heavy cleansing creams. Avoid the use of harsh soaps or cleansers. Use a pure soap with no artificial additives. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or a lightly medicated soap, and use it in combination with a water rich in minerals, not tap water. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol. After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.

Use hot water when washing your face. Hot water dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water.

If your skin is extremely oily, three or four daily cleansings may be in order and little or no moisturizing necessary before you are 30 years old. After that point, the skin around your eyes and mouth and on your throat may benefit from a nightly moisturizing, plus a mere touch of moisturizer in the morning.
When cleansing, massage your face well with your fingertips, using an upward and outward motion. Be careful not to rub soap into the skin; it can clog pores.

If your oily skin is scaly, you can often correct the problem by using a deep-cleaning exfoliant on alternate nights, and following the treatment with a light coating of moisturizer.

Try using a clay or mud mask. If you have sensitive skin, use white or rose-colored clays.

Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.

Choose cosmetic and facial care products specifically designed for oily skin.
Before applying makeup, use an antiseptic day cream with active ingredients that diminish sebaceous secretions. Look for benzyl peroxide in the list of active ingredients.

Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.


Natural Skincare
Half an hour before taking your bath apply on your face half teaspoon each of lime and cucumber juice mixed together.

If your skin is excessively oily, mix in a few drops of eau de cologne. This not only helps keep oiliness away but also helps in refining the pores of the skin by acting as astringent, thereby preventing acne.

To prevent the problem of your makeup becoming patchy either on the forehead, chin or nose due to excessive oiliness in these areas, apply a little cucumber juice on the excessively oily parts of your face, dry thoroughly and then apply your makeup.

If your whole face turns patchy after makeup is applied on it, then apply equal parts of lime juice and witch-hazel. Dry well before putting on your makeup.

Choose an astringent that contains acetone, which is known for dissolving oil. Strong astringents will do more harm than good, stimulating an overproduction of oil.

To clear away excess oil, use a clay or mud mask. Blend together well 1 teaspoon green clay powder and 1 teaspoon raw honey. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, then rinse well with lukewarm water. Do this at least three times a week--or more.
Once or twice daily, mix equal parts of lemon juice and water together. Pat mixture on your face and allow it to dry, then rinse with warm water. Follow with a cool-water rinse.

Diet for Oily Skin

Take a diet rich in proteins but restricted in sugar, fluids and salt.
Take plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits.

Have your blood brought up to par by the suitable administration of necessary vitamins, iron and similar substances.

Even a slight deficiency in vitamin B2 can cause oily skin. Nutritional yeast, wheat germ and organ meats 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 and rejuvenate pate skin.

Drink plenty of quality water to keep the skin hydrated and flush out toxins.
Reduce the amount of fat in your diet. Avoid pork and fried and highly seasoned foods. Consume no animal fats, or heat-processed vegetable oils.
Do not cook with oil. Do not eat any oils that have been subjected to heat, whether in processing or cooking. If a little oil is necessary, such as in salad dressing, use cold-pressed canola or olive oil only.

Do not drink soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Avoid sugar, chocolate, and junk food.

Essential Oils For Oily Skin

Bergamot
Cedarwood
Cypress
Frankincense
Geranium
Juniper
Lavender
Lemon
Sage

Herbs for Oily Skin

Aloe vera has excellent healing properties. Apply aloe vera gel topically, as needed.

Burdock root, chamomile, horsetail, oat straw, and thyme nourish the skin.

Lavender is very good for oily skin. Mist your skin with lavender water several times daily.

A facial sauna using lemongrass, licorice root, and rosebuds is good for oily skin. Two or three times a week, simmer a total of 2 to 4 tablespoons of dried or fresh herbs in 2 quarts of water. When the pot is steaming, place it on top of a trivet or thick potholder 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 or pat it dry with a towel. After the sauna, you can allow the herbal water to cool and save it for use as a toning lotion to be dabbed on your face with a cot- ton ball after cleansing.
Witch hazel applied to the skin is excellent for absorbing oil.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy considers skin problems to be a general bodily imbalance. Hence treatment is constitutional. Consult an experienced homeopath if the condition does not improve.

Take one of the following in the 6c strength every twelve hours for up to one month.

Take Mercurius for an oily face that smells unpleasant, with trembling, sticky perspiration and overproduction of saliva. Oiliness is worse in cold and hot weather.

Natrum mur is useful for a person with an oily, shiny face that is worse on hairy parts, and who is constipated.

Common Sense Recommendations

Do not smoke. Smoking promotes enlargement of the pores and impairs the overall health of the skin.

Rub oily skin areas with apple cider vinegar for a neutralizing effect.
Regularly brushing and massage of the whole body stimulates circulation and rejuvenates the skin.

Evening primrose oil supplements are beneficial for skin. They contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid reputed to strengthen skin cells and boost their moisture content.

Get sufficient sleep as the skin's cellular repair activity is at its optimum during this resting phase.

Exercise benefits skin as it boosts circulation and encourages blood flow. Regular exercise will nourish and cleanse your skin from within.
 

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Daaaangg Kelly! You've really jump started these forums. Lol
LOL...thanks. My passion is skincare and makeup and I've been one heck of a product and makeup junky. Recently (well not so recent) got BIG into more safe and gentle approaches...and found them to be much more effective.

Darn chemicals and crud in skincare today boggles me.
 

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Hats off to you Kelly. I have very oily skin. My skin became worst as I got older. I'm 45 yrs old, even my eyelids get oily. I'm now wondering if I still need to moisturize ( a little maybe?). What's your take on night treatments for oily skin?
 

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I think as a mature woman, even with oily skin, we could always benefit from a moisturizer. Find one that's designed for oily skin types or those that are self-adjusting. You could probably find something a little lighter for night time use, but still has the anti-oxidants and vitamins that work best at night (when we are less stressed).
 

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moisturizer is important for women with every skin type, you just shouldnt use an oil based moisturizer.

And I know the common belief is that if you have oily skin you should cleanse with a foaming face wash or soap. WRONG! Foaming face washes are too caustic, they strip away too much oil causing your skin to react by overproducing. I recommend cleansing milks.

And never wash your face more than twice a day, again it strips away too much oil and has the same effect. Exfoliate twice a week, but dont do it more than twice a week. Exfoliating should not be done everyday.

Tea tree oil is a great natural anti inflammatory. I use it to treat blemishes sometimes.
 

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Great advice
 

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Hats off to you Kelly. I have very oily skin. My skin became worst as I got older. I'm 45 yrs old, even my eyelids get oily. I'm now wondering if I still need to moisturize ( a little maybe?). What's your take on night treatments for oily skin?
Hi! The answer is yes, you can moisturize your skin, but... only after a proper cleansing, and using a very, very mild, oil-free moisturizing product. Cleansing products can dry out your skin and leave it sensitive so thats why it is important to moisturize after cleansing. Your night treatment, assuming you don't have any other skin problems, is a really simple one: a careful cleansing and moisturizing routine before going to bed.

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Hi! The answer is yes, you can moisturize your skin, but... only after a proper cleansing, and using a very, very mild, oil-free moisturizing product. Cleansing products can dry out your skin and leave it sensitive so thats why it is important to moisturize after cleansing. Your night treatment, assuming you don't have any other skin problems, is a really simple one: a careful cleansing and moisturizing routine before going to bed.

Kathleen LeRoi
What do you think about using oil based moisturizers on the body only?
 

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Wow. great info!

Washing your skin too much also causes it to be greasy b/c you skin over compensates!
I have also heard that using too much soap & cleansers on your skin can actually make your skin more sensitive to bacteria (because your skin has not built up an immunity). It's the same reason that people who use a lot of antibacterial soaps on their hands tend to get sick more often.
 

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The only way to help oily skin is to wash with a mild chemical free cleanser wher soap or not and exfoliate or steam 1X weekly. Use toner mild or with large pores use clarifying toner and a mask minimum 1X weekly. I use essential oils for troubled spots and this really helps depending on the kind of trouble your skin shows.
 

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I have also heard that using too much soap & cleansers on your skin can actually make your skin more sensitive to bacteria (because your skin has not built up an immunity). It's the same reason that people who use a lot of antibacterial soaps on their hands tend to get sick more often.
yes that is true because when you cleanse too much you are stripping away the acid mantle of the skin and that is a part of the skin's immune defense. You dont want your skin alkaline, it is supposed to be slightly acidic.
 
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