How to Prevent and Stop Oily Skin Naturally
When I look in the mirror a greasy complexion is the last thing I want to see.
Like many people I do get oilier skin sometimes, especially in the t-zone which is the area of the forehead, nose and chin.
However, I have found out how to prevent oily skin and learned more about what has been causing it for me.
Having good looking and beautiful skin really isn’t that hard. It all comes down to living a healthy life and giving your skin the right nutrients.
I personally do this by using a completely natural skin care product line from Xtend-Life.
There are a lot of anti-aging creams available today, but most of them are a complete waste of your money.
The reason is because most of these so called “natural” creams contain harmful ingredients and unnatural preservatives which have been proven to damage your skin and health.
What is Oily Skin?
It is skin that feels and looks kind of greasy and shiny, instead of smooth and clear. Sometimes it’s thick and dull colored and redness and large pores are also common with oily skin. You can have oily skin on just some parts of your face; this is a skin type called mixed or combination skin.
To be honest, oily skin is a pain to deal with. Since you’re reading this, you know what I’m talking about. Luckily, there are some great, natural ways to deal with it, but you have to be consistent and patient.
What Causes Oily Skin?
Many different things can cause an increased production of oil, but the most common causes are diet and the use of inappropriate skin care products. You may have skin that is more prone to be oily because of genetics, but it can be regulated by the right diet or other things.
Some foods that can cause excessively oily skin are junk foods, sugar, deep fried foods and heated, processed oils.
Skin care products that are too harsh can also contribute to the skin getting oilier, because the skin will naturally over compensate if its natural oils get stripped away.
Hormone imbalances, unnatural cosmetics, and a humid climate can also cause over production of oil in the skin. What has caused it for me was mainly my diet, but also hormonal issues after using contraceptive pills.
5 Tips for How to Prevent Oily Skin
There are many ways to get rid of a greasy complexion; anything from cleaning up your diet to throwing out some skin care products or using a deep cleansing clay mask.
Like I said in the beginning of this article, sometimes you skin problems are caused because of chemicals in your anti aging and hygiene products, so make sure you use natural skin creams.
With all that said, let’s look at how you can prevent oily skin:
1. Avoid Processed Foods
Eat as natural as possible and avoid heated fats as much as you can. Healthy, natural fats from foods like avocado, raw nuts and seeds, cold-pressed plant oil and fish are great for your skin. Eliminating unhealthy foods one at a time and exchanging them for healthy ones will help reduce oily skin and show what was causing it.
I know this is not the most exciting thing to do, but it can really pay off to switch to healthier foods and there are really a lot of delicious alternatives to choose from.
2. The Right Skin Care
There are natural skin care ingredients that have shown to balance the production of sebum (the skin’s natural oil) so that it is reduced if you have oily skin.
Maracuja is a passion fruit-extract which can be found in some natural skin creams. It is rich in healthy fats and nourishes the skin, while it helps regulate the sebum production.
Another example of natural cures is Jojoba oil, a plant oil which is easily absorbed by the skin as it is very similar to the sebum. It also helps balance your skin’s sebum and eases the oil production.
For some people the use of a moisturizer is unnecessary because their skin is already naturally moisturized and it gets greasy after applying moisturizer. But many with an oily surface have dry skin underneath. If your skin feels tight you’ll probably want to keep moisturizing it.
3. Avoid Harsh Cleansers
Avoid cleansing your skin with regular soap and harsh cleansers. Products for oily skin that contain alcohol should also be avoided, as alcohol is too drying and irritating and can cause premature aging of the skin.
When cleansing your skin daily it is enough with regular warm water or a natural cleanser, for example with natural plant oil or antibacterial ingredients.
4. Avoid Clogging Oils
You’ll also want to avoid things that clog your pores, like petroleum-based oils. These oils are found under the names petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin wax and liquid paraffin, and they coat the skin to keep in moisture. This interferes with your skin’s ability to get rid of toxins and encourages disorders like acne.
They can be found in make up and regular lotions, and are mainly used in mainstream products because they are cheaper than natural plant oils (which are good for the skin).
5. Cleanse Deeply with Clay
To stop and prevent oily skin you may need to use a deep cleansing face mask regularly. Clay absorbs oils and gently pulls out grime from the skin. The mask should not dry out your skin; the best cleansing treatment contains both purifying ingredients, like Kaolin clay, and soothing ingredients like Shea butter and active Manuka honey.
You can use a clay mask even if you have sensitive skin, as long as you choose one that is soothing and made to suit all skin types.
In conclusion I’d say it is much better to prevent oily skin and find out what causes it for you, than to dry it out from the outside with a product.
It might take some time to learn how to prevent oily skin, but it is all worth it when you get to enjoy smooth, healthy and clear skin.