Caring for Oily Skin

With over-active sebaceous glands, your skin is destined to be oily, because of the excessive production of sebum. Sebum is needed for your skin to stay healthy, as it provides the skin with the desired lubrication to maintain elasticity and help remove the dead skin cells.

Your sebum glands could be over functioning for several reasons such as hereditary factors, using birth control pills, hormonal imbalances, pregnancy and menopause. Whatever be the reason, with too much of natural oil on your skin you end up looking like greasy baked chicken, and surely that’s not the look you want.

It’s not just that oily skin looks quite unappealing, but the excess oil on your skin leaves you more susceptible to skin problems like acne and pimples. There are a few minor changes that you need to make in your beauty and diet schedules to wrestle with the problem of oily skin.

With too much of natural oil layering your skin, the pores of the skin can become clogged, storing the dirt and grime inside and thus giving your skin a dull look. Also problems of black heads, white heads and pimples would make the skin rough and lackluster. So your first step obviously has to be to cleanse off the excess oil from your skin, while also removing the dirt and dust that sticks to your skin and fills up the pores because of the grease. Settle down for a mild cleanser, preferably one without alcohol, and make it a habit to cleanse off your skin at least twice a day.

Your eating habits have a crucial role to play when you want to avoid the problem of oily skin. Go a little sparing on fried foods and junk food. Protein rich foods are indispensable to keep your skin healthy, irrespective of your skin type. Your everyday diet should include a lot of fresh fruits and raw vegetables to ensure optimum vitamins, minerals and fiber intake. Vitamin B which is found in wheat germ, beans and whole grains, can show some wonderful results in treating oily skin.

Water is another aspect that needs consideration, so keep drinking water to ensure proper hydration of the body and the skin. Sodas are a perfect no, since the salts present in soda nullifies the hydrating effect.

Sidharth Thakur