Oily skin is a nightmare if you have it. It can cause acne, it can wreak havoc with your makeup and worse than that, it can make you look super-shiny… Not exactly the look you were going for.
Everyone suffers with oily skin from time to time, normally through periods where hormones would be racing around your body. This can include puberty, menopause, pregnancy and more. If you seem to suffer from oily skin a lot, there are a few things you can do to try and overcome it but first you must work out what is causing it.
How to Make Your Face Less Oily
Part one is figuring out the root of the problem. There are a number of reasons why you have oily skin and they can often include the following:
1 – Too many skin care products.
We know you want to take care of your skin but too many products are just as bad for it as not enough products. You could be over-cleansing your skin, using products that increase grease to your oily skin, and in some cases it’s just a matter of using a little too much product.
Solve it: In order to solve this, try to cut back on the cosmetics and beauty products you’re using. You could also consider opting for a more mineral-based or natural product. You could also consider going back to basics. If you normally use a bunch of different products when cleansing and taking care of your face, pick one essential product and go from there. Use a natural cleanser and less oily, light moisturiser and leave your skin to breathe for a while.
2 – Family History
In some cases, genetics could be the root cause of your oily skin. If your parents or siblings have oily skin, there’s a good chance you’re going to inherit the same genes and suffer with the same problem.
Solve it: If you regularly cleanse your face, you might want to reconsider. Over-cleaning is just as bad as not cleaning enough an this is because you’re washing away the natural oils that your body would produce. In doing so, you’re encourage the skin to make more, just increasing the problem.
Try just washing your face twice per day – once in the evening and once in the morning, and avoid using strong, harsh or over-zealous beauty products in the process.
3 – Changing of the Seasons
When the weather gets warmed during the spring and summer months, there is more humidity in the air and this will obviously have an impact on your skin, hair and more.
The excess humidity can often cause the skin to go into oil production overdrive, giving you that greasy look you try to desperately avoid all summer. During the winter, the humidity disappears from the air and this can have the opposite effect on your skin – it will dry it out. In order to overcompensate for this, the skin once again goes into overdrive, producing too much oil in a bid to rehydrate and nourish it.
Solve it: There are many homemade beauty scrubs and products you could make at home to try and combat this problem and it is wise to tailor your beauty regime for the season. During the summer when the humidity is high, consider a sugar, lemon juice and honey scrub. The honey helps to nourish and hydrate as well as producing a thick layer of ‘protection’ over the skin, and the sugar and lemon juice work together to not only naturally cleanse your skin but also exfoliate away old, dead skin cells to lead the way for new ones.
4 – Medication
Certain medications used to treat other medical conditions can wreak havoc with your skin and hormone treatments tend to be the worst culprits.
The oral contraceptive pill and other forms of contraceptives can cause you to breakout with spots and ace because the increased hormones lead to more oil production form the glands on the skin.
In fact, hormonal changes can have a massive impact on the state of your skin so as well as taking medications that can change the natural balances, puberty, menopause, pregnancy and other hormone-changing times of life can also cause excessive oil production.
Solve it: Paying attention to what you’re eating and drinking can play an important role here. When you eat well, your boy is nourished from the inside-out meaning that every part of the body will be running in tip-top condition.
When the skin has plenty of nutrients and it is thoroughly hydrated, you will reduce the risks of excessive oil production. Drinking more water can also help by helping to encouraging the flushing out of toxins from the body and skin.
There are a number of foods which have been known to increase oil production so in order to combat it, you’ll need to cut down on some of these foods. They include dairy and flour products, high salt, fat or sugar foods, and fried or greasy foods. Instead you should be eating healthier foods that can help to cut down the oil production – high-fibre foods and fresh fruit and vegetables.
5 – Stress
Believe it or not, stress can cause you to have oily skin. When the body is suffering with stress or anxiety, androgen hormones are released which again encourages the skin to produce more oil.
Solve it: It’s easier said than done when it comes to bringing your stress levels down but a warm bath can help you to calm down as can deep, heavy breathing or even meditation. Perhaps it’s time to try a spot of yoga?