Everyone has different skin types; different skin types have different skin problems. Oily skin is one of the most troublesome and distressing types of skin.
No matter how you control the oil, there is still so much oil on your face. However, it’s nothing to be ashamed or worried over. The good news is oily skins don’t generate as many skin problems as do dry skins.
There could be several reasons your skin, especially the facial region, is oily. Have you ever thought about these causes? In this article, we will see the main conditions that stimulate the sebaceous glands and makes the skin so oily. Then we’ll suggest to you how to control these conditions.
What Is Oily Skin?
Oily skin is a condition whereby sebum secretion from underneath the epidermis is higher than usual. People with oily skin usually have large pores, greasy and shiny skin, and even an orange peel-like appearance.
The pH value of oily skin is between 5.6 to 6.6, and it easily attracts dust and dirt, causing skin infections and acne. Oily skin conditions are commonly seen in young people during adolescence.
What Are the Causes Of Oily Skin?
There are several reasons why your skin may be oily. Some of the most common are:
1. High Androgen Levels
Current research believes that the hair follicle sebaceous glands are mainly affected by androgens. The stronger the androgen secretion is, the more active the sebaceous gland secretion is.
For example, many girls have heavier body hair, more mustaches, and generally have more oily skin. Also, high-sugar, high-cholesterol foods can increase androgen levels. So, to have less oily skin, eat less junk food.
2. High Temperature
Temperature can significantly affect sebum secretion. The higher the temperature, the more active the secretion of sebaceous glands. That’s why you tend to have oily skin in summer, and dry skin in winter.
Also, facing the computer may cause higher oil secretion. This is because the heat emitted by the computer screen can be a factor.
3. The Outer Layer of the Skin Is Too Thin
When the epidermis or stratum corneum is too thin, the oil cannot be absorbed and well emulsified, and it will float on the surface, causing obvious shine.
This is why some people with non-oily skin will suddenly have oily and shiny skin after excessive cleansing and exfoliation. Then, some symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis will appear.
4. Irregular Life and Rest Time
If you continue to have irregular active periods or lack of sleep, the function of the autonomic nervous system will become imbalanced and error-prone.
In this way, the hormonal balance is disrupted, resulting in excessive sebum secretion. Therefore, even if you cannot go to bed early and get up early, you should have enough sleep and try to live at the same pace every day.
5. Taking Greasy Food
Of course, eating greasy, high-fat foods, of course, makes it easy to produce oil. This often happens to people with good metabolism. Because the function of excreting fat is very strong, the secretion of sebum will also be strong.
People who are particularly prone to oil should avoid touching oily foods such as fried foods, peanuts, and chocolate.
6. Excessive Stress
Another reason for the destruction of hormonal balance is stress. In particular, female hormones are easily affected by stress. If the hormone secretion is disordered, it will first result in skin problems.
What to Do If the Skin Is Oily?
Below are some things you should do if you have oily skin.
1. Stay Moisturized All the Time
The most basic cause of excessive oil secretion in the skin is because the skin is severely dehydrated. Although caring for the skin and moisturizing it are routines you can do while at home, when going out, ensure you are always moisturized.
Both the skin and the body must be kept moisturized at all times to reduce skin oiliness. You can take moisturizing sprays and mineral water with you.
2. Essential Oil Method
Many people think that when the skin is oily enough, essential oils are not needed, and using them may further worsen the oiliness of the skin. However, essential oils are generally pure plant extracts, so essential oils will not make the skin oilier.
Instead, they will stimulate the surface of the skin, which can make the oil control, whitening, and tightening of the face on the skin faster. The essential oils with this kind of effect are grapefruit, sage, tea tree essential oils. They offer the best effect for oil control.
3. Homemade Facial Mask
If you want to control oil and hydrate your skin at the same time, then the cucumber mask solution is something you have to try. Cucumber contains vitamin C, B, and trace mineral skincare ingredients. When directly applied to the face, it has a good effect of replenishing skin hydration and nourishment.
Cucumber acid can tighten pores and is one of the best solutions for oily skin. The way to make a cucumber mask is very simple. First, clean the face and cut the cucumber into thin slices, and apply it to the face for 15 minutes. Then take it off and wash the face.
4. Cleaning or Massaging the Face with Salt or Baking Soda
After cleansing the face, take a little salt (baking soda is more effective), dissolve it with water, and gently massage the face. This helps improve the problem of large pores on the face and cleans the pores.
For the massaging method, take some amount of salt and water. Put it on your hand. Then use the palm of your hand to gently draw a circle. Massage the face from the inside to the outside, then wash with water.
Next, you can apply your skincare products. This way, the absorption of skincare will get twice the result with half the effort.
5. Wash Your Face with Warm Water
You can always wash your face with warm water because the temperature of warm water is about the same as the skin. It will not irritate the skin, and it will not cause the expansion of the skin because the temperature is neither too high nor too low.
Whether it is washing with water or facial cleanser, it is important to wash your face with warm water, especially if you have oily skin.
You can also steam your face. Steaming your face will reduce the pores of your skin and fill your skin with elasticity, thereby reducing the secretion of oil.
This will also reduce the oil production of the nose to a certain extent.
6. Eat the Right Food
People often say that oily skin condition is often imported from the mouth. This explains the importance of eating. Improper nutrition and feeding habits will tell on your skin.
Many people like to eat greasy food. This will increase the burden on the stomach, and at the same time will increase the burden on the liver. To a certain extent, this may cause endocrine disorders, which is one of the reasons why the face is oily.
It is therefore recommended that you eat more light foods and drink more fruits at the same time.
7. Use Hot Water to Scald Your Feet
The feet are the second heart of a person. Taking good care of the feet is beneficial to people’s visceral function to a certain extent. Whether it is winter or summer, it is best not to wash your feet with cold water.
Medicine shows that hot feet can regulate the human endocrine. It not only can eliminate the oily face condition but also eliminate acne on the nose and face.
8. Arrange Your Schedule Reasonably and Always Be In a Good Mood
Anyone who stays up all night knows that staying up late is not only harmful to the body but also increases the oil on the face.
At the same time, people who are stressed and those who are not in a good mood can easily arouse endocrine disorders, causing more production of sebum on the face. If you have an oily skin problem, you should develop a routine of going to bed and getting up early.
9. Exercise Therapy
Life lies in exercise and regular exercise keeps the body healthy. At the same time, exercise can cause gastric peristalsis, cause fast digestion, and improve the endocrine.
On the other hand, exercise will open up your sweat glands, make you sweat more, and will not cause blockage of hair follicles and sweat holes. These allow toxins squeezed under the skin to be discharged, thereby improving the quality of your skin, reducing acne, and helping your body to degrease naturally.
10. Follow the Doctor’s Advice
Conditioning should start from the root. If the oil on the face is always difficult to remove, you may wish to ask a medical doctor to give you some advice.
Oily skin conditions are often caused by inappropriate personal habits, skin conditions, environmental and climate conditions, stress, and lack of rest.
Appropriate skincare products should be used for oily skin. This can help your skin make greater oil control and oil removal, thereby reducing the oil output on the face, including the nose.
Asides from using appropriate skincare products, some home solutions such as using warm water, baking soda or salt massages, cucumber masks, and essential oil solutions are also effective.
And finally, eat more fruits and vegetables. These not only act as supplementary nutrition, but also make your skin full of vitality.