Tired of having oily skin? Here’s how to get rid of it


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Oily skin is a result of over production of sebum from the sebaceous glands located under the skin’s surface. Sebum is an oily, fatty substance that helps moisturize and protect the skin. However, an excess of everything is bad and, in this case, it leads to ‘oiliness’. This in turn results in clogged pores and acne, taking away your face’s freshness.

Here are five ways to treat your oily skin

Wash your face regularly

 

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Occasional washing can reduce the amount of sebum present on your face, reducing the “oiliness”. Using a gentle soap and warm water will be effective, however, avoid using loofahs or towels – the friction might trigger the skin to produce more oil.

Some medicated products can also be used to treat acne. According to a 2015 study, a mild facial cleanser containing sodium laureth carboxylate and alkyl carboxylates was effective for the treatment of acne, it did, however, increases sebum production in some areas.

Use blotting papers and medicated pads

 

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Blotting paper won’t reduce the sebum production but it’ll improve the overall appearance of your skin. They are specially designed to absorb the oil off the skin’s surface, leaving a glowing look.

You can try cloth pads but make sure they’re clean and medicated with similar ingredients.

Use an oil toner

 

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Astringent oil toners are readily available in the market and contain alcohol that helps in drying out the skin.  Witch Hazel is a natural astringent with soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a toner as well.

However, these products may not work for everyone and cause irritation and excess sebum production in some cases.

Use a facial mask

 

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Facial masks can prove beneficial for treating oily skin and are also abundantly available in the market.

  1. Clay masks contain minerals that absorb oil and reduce the shine of the skin. However, use them only occasionally to prevent the skin from drying out.
  2. Using honey as a mask is also known to reduce sebum production. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and can reduce acne effectively. Apply the mask for about 10 minutes.
  3. Oatmeal masks contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help cleanse the skin and help with soothing the irritated area.

Using a moisturizer after the masks is suggested.

Egg whites and lemons

 

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Egg whites and lemons are a traditional remedy for treating oily skin. They’re known to tighten pores and prevent clogging. The acid in the lemons is effective in absorbing the oil.

According to a research done in 2008, lemons have antibacterial properties which helps in keeping the skin acne free.

To make a mask:

  1. Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 egg white
  2. Apply the mixture to your face and leave until it dries completely
  3. Wash with warm water and dry with a clean tissue or blotting paper

Warning: Do not use if you’re allergic to eggs.

Almonds

 

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An almond face mask can exfoliate your skin and help soak up excess oils and impurities.

To make the mask:

  1. Finely grind about 10 almonds – approximately 3 teaspoons
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of honey and mix
  3. Apply to your face in circular motions
  4. Leave the mask for 10-15 minutes
  5. Wash with warm water and dry with a clean tissue or blotting paper

Warning: If you have a nut allergy, do not use this mask.


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