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Are you one of the people battling oily skin and want to know what to do about it? If so, we have compiled this list to help you banish oily skin forever.
Stop washing it so often
It might sound like a counter-intuitive to everything you have been told about oily and acne-prone skin.
Washing your face too often and with strong, drying products make the condition even worse because the skin’s oil is not a bad thing. It lubricates and protects your skin. When you wash your face too much and strip it of its oils, it thinks that it must produce more of it due to which it ends up producing so much that your face looks like you bathed in oil.
As crazy as it may sound, cutting down on the washing and switching to natural products can really help. Avoid washing your face more than two times per day. You would get better results if you give up washing your face altogether for a few days or wash only once a day.
If you like to switch to natural, non-drying, non-chemical products, we recommend raw honey.
In the beginning, when you quit washing, your skin will definitely look really oily and you will be tempted to wash it. Soon your skin will figure out that it does not need to produce so much oil and it will stop it.
Use Luke Warm Water only
Hot water can dry up your skin which will lead to irritation and then to acne. If the skin dries up, it will cause oil glands in your skin to overproduce. Only use tepid water to wash your face and try to turn the heat down a notch while taking showers.
Improve your lifestyle and eat healthily
You can pair cutting back on all the washing and beauty products with a good diet full of vitamins and with work out. Oil production is triggered by hormonal reactions inside the body that are greatly influenced by diet and lifestyle.
Eating healthy means cutting back on processed foods and including more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. You might want to cut out dairy products from your diet for some time. For some people, the hormones in milk products can have a big influence on oil production and acne.
Other lifestyle factors to improve your skin condition involve working out, doing yoga, lowering your stress levels, sleeping better and getting more sunshine.
Stop using moisturizer
When your skin is already full of natural moisturizing, you don’t need to bother putting more of it on your face.
Try using oil instead of conventional moisturizer
It may also sound counter-intuitive to put an extra layer of oil on your already oily skin. But it is not like you think it is. Wait, hear me out.
Oil does two things to your skin:
- It tricks your skin to think that it’s already producing too much oil (which it is), therefore, it stops overproducing it.
- It mixes with hardened sebum in the pores and dissolves it, making blackheads and whiteheads to vanish for good.
Water doesn’t mix with oil so it doesn’t get into pores and unclog them. Oil does that because like dissolves like.
I would recommend jojoba oil to be used on oily skin. It also helps in treating acne problems.
Try Milk of Magnesia
This trick is cheap and easy to use. You can get milk of magnesia from any run-of-the-mill pharmacy or drug store.
Just shake the bottle and put a layer of milk of magnesia on clean, wet skin, and wash it off after 5-10 minutes later.
Apparently, it works great for oily skin without making it a gross mess and flakey on top of the oil