Oily skin is often a matter of genetics or hormonal changes. The body produces hormones that lead to oily skin in adolescence as well as during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. When the body experiences a fluctuation in hormone levels it signals the production of androgens, a male hormone present in both men and women. The production of androgens stimulates an increase in sebum production, but when an excess of this oil is produced, it can expand the size of the skin’s pores and result in blockages that become pimples. These changes will trigger the body to produce more oil, which combines with dead skin cells to clog pores, but also moisturizes and makes you less prone to wrinkles.
Oily skin is likely to be a little lifeless, heavy, and prone to pimples and acne. Use a gently astringent beauty regime that helps to balance the skin and keep pores clear. Cleanse twice daily to keep pores clear and reduce the buildup of sebum. Adjust to the seasons by using a lighter cleanser in cold months when skin is dry, and a deeper-cleansing product in warmer months. Use an astringent toner, which helps to control oil and shine throughout the day, and noncomedogenic products that won’t clog your pores. Keep a spray bottle of gently astringent witch hazel or orange flower water on hand to spritz your face during the day. Try water-based cosmetics instead of oil-based ones. Moisturise - even oily skin needs to be hydrated, choose light lotions or oil-free moisturisers.
Clay masks temporarily draw oil and dirt from the pores, leaving oily skin looking fresher for several hours afterwards. Only use 1-2 times monthly or a couple of days before a special occasion when you need your skin to look especially great.
In adulthood, acne and pimples are linked to more than simply oily skin or normal hormonal changes. They can be linked to poor diet, environmental toxins, sluggish liver function or polycystic ovaries. Although it may not seem an obvious trigger, stress could be the cause of your problem skin. In addition to your skincare routine, make sure you find time to de-stress and relax.
Many products strip the skin of essential oils and are too harsh for oily skin, as it is delicate and requires caring treatments. Avoid harsh cleansers or toners which can irritate the skin and cause breakouts. Don't pop your pimples as this extends healing time, and ditch the gadgets like harsh electronic brushes or scrubbers which can trigger higher oil production.
Exercise 4 times a week, mixing endurance and weight training to keep the blood flowing to your skin and removing toxins (use natural deodorants to ensure that your pores and sweat glands aren't clogged so toxins can freely leave your system and not need to come out of your skin in the form of acne).
Many foods such as coffee, milk, or high-fat foods have been linked to oily skin. Your skin reflects your gut health! Eat foods high in probiotics, and those with plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids like fatty fish, as well as foods with other beneficial fats and nutrients like avocados, seeds and nuts, and foods high in beta-carotene like sweet potatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, and, of course, carrots, which will make a big difference to your overall 'glowiness' [study]. Dark chocolate, green tea and even red wine (in moderation) can also benefit your skin!
Choose products with these ingredients for oily skin:
Herbal Healers - elderflower, witch hazel, yarrow, and lemongrass.
Essential Oils - cedarwood, cypress, vetiver, patchouli, orange, and lemon.