We’ve talked about sensitive skin, dry skin, and just overall acne combat. But we can’t leave out oily skin. It can be such a pest and just plain old irritating to deal with. But have no fear, the resident researcher is in to tell you how to holistically care for your oily skin.
What Is Oily Skin?
Well, your pore produce them substance called sebum. When it’s produced in excess, your skin becomes oily and acne begins to rear its ugly head. Now, sebum isn’t bad and we shouldn’t try to get rid of it. It’s amazing! Those with oily skin tend to have larger pores on oilier parts of their faces. They may have a hard time keeping makeup on because the excess of oil causes the makeup to just slide off.
What Causes Oily Skin?
Well, it can be caused by both environmental and genetic factors. It can also look different depending on the person which is what makes it so tricky to handle. Sebum will act as a natural cleanser to keep our body’s defenses up to date if the body is in balance and running as designed. However, when something causes the body to become unbalanced, the skin might have a reaction. These reactions, though, are different for everyone.
How To Naturally Manage Oily Skin
Avoiding Heavy Makeup
As a makeup artist and an actor, I know this might be hard to avoid. But if you are neither then please avoid heavy makeup unless you are using a really good primer. Even better, use oil-free cosmetics in your routine and make sure you’re taking it all off properly.
Cutting Back on Alcohol and Sugar
Popular myths have circulated around saying that food causes acne. You’ve probably heard that it’s dairy or chocolate are things you should avoid for blemish-free skin but there has been limited research regarding this. While this is true, people with pores that are proned to clogging should avoid excessive alcohol and sugar intake. They can cause spiked hormone levels while lowering the immune system which means you’ll be prone to bacteria and infection.
Almonds and Matcha Tea
Almond and walnuts have been proven to lower inflammation which is a leading cause of skin issues. Using green tea as both a topical and a good old fashioned tea can also decrease inflammation.
So the things that touch your face can cause a build up of bacteria that creep into your skin and cause acne and other nasty things. To prevent this, regularly wash your bedding, makeup brushes, phone, and anything that’ll regularly touch your face. That also includes your face. You should wash it twice a day.
You can’t wash your face non-stop, that’ll hurt your face and damage your skin. If you’re prone to oily skin, keep a little container of blotting papers with you so can periodically blot your face and get rid of that oily access.
Skin is notoriously picky and irritating to deal with but there are ways to do so. Little things can really do wonders for your skin and your overall health. Honestly, you deserve the self care. You’re worth that self-esteem boost. Take care of yourself and your skin.
Holistic Skin Care for Oily Skin was researched, written, and edited by Emmalie Roberts. For more articles, check out our blog page, here, and don't forget to follow us on social media, here, for daily tips, tricks, and reminders for your path to holistic health.