People with oily skin have an inevitable habit of fighting the unwanted shine resulting from a clog in the pores which also causes pimples, acne and several other skin problems.


These skin problems are caused as a result of a larger size of the sebaceous glands that produce oil.

Oily skin can also be caused by stress, medications, sun tanning, hormonal changes, use of products that don’t match the skin and seasonal changes among others.

There are simple and several ways to deal with such body type; here are some preventive measures


Oily skin can be prevented through healthy lifestyle

  • Consume meals rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids to help the skin improve in texture and appearance. People with oily skin can try to avoid foods high in fats and sugar as oily and greasy foods cause oily skin.
  • Physical fitness and exercise can reduce the levels of oil produced by androgens when stress triggers the production.

Get more exercise and yoga; take your shower after every exercise to wash off every bacterium that has found its way to the skin pores during the exercise.

  • Meditation, relaxation and adequate sleep are often needed to fight oily skin, as one of the major cause of oily skin is stress.
  • Inculcate the habit of taking water even when you aren’t thirsty; dehydration causes changes in the oil gland which further causes oil to build up on the skin.

Taking Care of oily skin care with health products

  • Since the face is the most affected part, wash the face with warm water at least twice a day and apply cleanser to remove excess oil.

Choose gentle soaps over harsh soaps and avoid soaps that moisturise the skin as this triggers excess oil.

  • Toners help tighten the pores and remove oil from them; apply toner on your forehead and nose (oiliest spots on the face), wash it off after it dries off with a face towel and apply an oil-free moisturiser to avoid dryness.
  • Be wary of the makeup products you apply; avoid products that clog the pores (like liquid foundations).

Don’t wait to go bed before removing the makeup; you can wash it off as soon as you get home to allow the pores take in fresh air.

Dealing with oily skin using natural remedies

  • Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera rids the skin surface of excess oil through its anti-bacterial and reduces swelling through its anti-inflammatory properties.

Extract the gel and apply on the skin overnight, wash off the following morning; repeat process regularly.

  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes have cooling astringent properties rich in vitamins needed for oil-less and a bright skin.

Cut tomato into halves, apply on the skin by squeezing the juice and let the face soak it in for about 15-20 minutes and then wash off.

  • Lemon: The citric acid and antiseptic properties in lemon can restore the skin’s pH balance; it also dries the skin.

Make juice out of lemon and mix with water; apply on the skin for about 10 minutes and wash off. Apply an oil-free moisturiser to lessen the dryness from the lemon.

  • Cucumber: It has cooling and soothing properties rich in vitamins, magnesium and potassium to combat oily skin.

Slice cucumber and rub through the face; leave overnight and wash off in the morning.

  • Egg white (albumen): Albumen is rich in vitamin A which rids the skin of blemishes and restore to good shape by tightening the skin and soaking up oil.

Whisk egg white in a bowl until it holds together spread it on the skin; leave to dry for about 15 minutes and wash off.


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