Is managing your oily skin an ongoing problem for you?

No one really has the perfect skin.  While most people over the age of 30 deal with issues stemming from dry skin, younger people have the opposite problem. NHS Heroes Pharmacy UK

What we don’t realize (or believe) in our younger years, is that the oil on our faces is a natural moisturizer and skin conditioner. It’s produced by “sebaceous” glands located below the surface of the skin.  The oil is released to the surface to keep the skin moist and protect it from the elements.  Without it, our faces would dry up and flake off.

It’s mother nature’s way of keeping our skin looking young…The  oil protects our skin against aging and makes us more resistant to the wrinkles and fine lines that mark the passage of time.

We’re not always as grateful as we ought to be.

The “oily skin issues” arise when too much sebum is produced, and nurture a crop of witeheads, blackheads and pimples.

The care of oily skin requires patience, and treatment needs to address both the exterior and internal oil production. The best approach is holistic in nature.

While the oil can’t be  completely eliminated, and we really would not want it gone altogether, we can control it and take steps to minimize acne symptoms and improve the appearance of the skin.

External treatments for oily skin should be formulated to remove the excess sebum from the surface, without completely removing the natural oils. Severe degreasing treatments defeat the purpose, as our intelligent bodies will then respond by secreting even more sebum.

Skin experts recommend that once you find a cleanser that works for your oily complexion, you stick with it.

  • The easiest way to keep the face clear of blemishes (caused by dirt that is attracted to an oily face), is to   wash it twice daily and no more. More often than that will only make it worse.
  • If you wear makeup, use a makeup remover before washing your face.
  • After washing, use an astringent or toner designed for oily skin to help clean off the last of the dirt.
Be sure it doesn’t contain alcohol because it will strip off too much from your face.
  • During the day you can use oil blotting papers.  They’re designed to wick away the oil sitting on top of the skin without any harsh chemicals.
Just make sure you read the labels…Sometimes these products that are supposed to help have alcohol In them, which you do not want on your skin for any reason.
  • If your face feels dry and tight once you’re finished washing it, use a light moisturizer sparingly. Again, read the labels and be on the lookout for alcohol.
  • Use an exfoliant once or twice a week to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin.  You can alternate with a clay mask to get a deep cleaning.
However, do not use a clay mask more than once a week because your smart body will just rebound by creating more oil to compensate for it…

Makeup is another challenge for those who suffer from oily skin.  Look for oil-free make up. A good brand of “mineral” makeup will do the job.

There is no magical cure for oily skin.  It requires regular treatment to keep it clean and blemish free.

  • Massaging the face while washing it will help to normalize the production of sebum and distribute it more evenly across your face.
  • The fruit acids found in homemade skin treatments have been shown to remove the oil but retain the moisture in the skin.  Using cucumber juice, lime juice and yogurt can effectively keep oil under control.
Make a mask with Aloe Vera, crushed strawberries and yogurt, keep it on for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. It will work as an astringent (and smell so good you may want to eat it!).

Caring for oily skin may be a challenge, but it’s not impossible…and remember, a little oil will keep you looking younger than your friends in just a few years…