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Natural Solutions For Oily Skin

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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Oily skin can be shiny, thick and dull colored. Often chronically oily skin has coarse pores, pimples and other uncomfortable blemishes.

In oily skin, the oil-producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce much more oil than is desirable. The oil seeps and gives the skin a greasy shine. The skin has a coarse look because the pores are enlarged.

Some causes of oily skin:

  • Birth control pills / medicines
  • Cosmetics
  • Poor diet consisting of excessive processed foods
  • Heredity
  • Hormone levels
  • Humidity and hot water
  • Pregnancy

Oily skin is common in teenagers because of the hormonal shifts of adolescence, but it can occur at any age. Usually, skin becomes dryer with age. The flow of sebum or oil increases throughout adolescence and starts decreasing with age. At some stage in pregnancy and menopause, hormonal imbalances can also upset the oil balance and increase the activity of sebaceous glands.

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

To prevent the pores from being clogged, oily skin can be cleansed using hot water and a good, natural organic soap. Try to stay away from harsh, commercial soaps that strip your skin of oil and encourage flakiness.  They can cause a reaction known as “reactive seborrhea”, where the oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils.

Make sure to keep your skin very clean, but at the same time limit washing your face to two or three times a day; excessive washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil. Little to no moisturizer on your face is necessary.

If you can, bathe your skin in ocean water or salt baths and expose it to a little sunlight as well each day.

In your diet, include plenty of leafy, green vegetables and fresh fruits. Even a slight deficiency in vitamin B2 can cause oily skin.  Add nutritional yeast to your diet, particularly wheat germ. Good sources of vitamin B2 include beans, nuts and whole grains. Black beans, buckwheat and whole rice are an exceptional supply of iron to the body and they rejuvenate pate skin.

To keep the skin hydrated and to flush out toxins, drink a sufficient amount of quality water.

Avoid fatty meats, fried foods and processed sugars, wheat and flour.  Consume no animal fats and do not drink soft drinks or hard alcoholic beverages.

Try applying Aloe Vera gel topically as needed because of it’s great healing properties. You can even keep an aloe vera plant next to the window sill.

Finally, to benefit the skin, exercise regularly because it will nurture and cleanse the skin from within and boosts circulation and encourages blood flow.

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