Repair Oily Skin With Oil!
If you’re wondering how to treat oily skin then you already know that it is not an easy task and I am pretty sure, all of you, that at some point in your lives have had problems with excess sebum production, would agree. Picking the right product is usually an expensive and time consuming task, because the market is flooded with countless solutions that promise miracles (and you are tempted to try them all!).
Unfortunately, probably less than 10% of what you buy does any good, not only because quality nowadays is not a priority for all companies, but also because everyone’s skin is different and so are its needs. But did you know that nature offers a few “miracle liquids” that will help you get control over your sebum production? She does, in the form of – oils. Yes, you heard me right – oils!
I know what you’re thinking, but don’t be in a hurry to say “no, no, no! I’ll never put anything greasy on my already greasy skin”. Let me tell you why you want oils for oily skin, but first I’m going to delve into some information you might not know about oily skin!
What Causes Oily Skin?
If your skin produces too much oil it is your sebaceous glands to be blamed. When they are “hyperactive” that means your skin is “oilier” than usual. The reasons for this “hyperactivity,” however, do vary.
To begin with, in most of the cases, oily skin is simply a genetic predisposition – in other words a “gift” that your parents left you (don’t be mad at them, that’s how nature operates, it’s not their fault). And let’s be clear – being genetically predisposed, doesn’t mean you cannot do anything about it. When there is a will, there is a way. Consistency is the key (and a little bit of patience). “Overactive sebaceous glands” is not a verdict – it’s a condition that can be managed and controlled.
Another quite common cause for excess oil production is hormone imbalance (not only in puberty) – one that occurs either after oral admission of birth control pills/hormone replacement medication or because you are too stressed out, eating wrong, getting poor sleep, etc. (in other words – not being nice to your body and your mind).
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In other cases, if you are “oiler” than normal, it might also be your skin trying to tell you: “You don’t take care of me the right way! Stop this torture, please!”. Presence of harsh chemicals in your skin care routine or using unsuitable skin care tools and products such as strong acids in exfoliating products (or even too much exfoliation) might lead to disruption of the normal secretion of sebum. If you’re not using organic skin care products, you’re applying harsh, harmful, and possibly cancer-causing chemicals to your skin on a daily basis , so stop now and switch to organic!
Thankfully, we were created in a way that compensatory mechanisms are triggered every time our body gets out of balance in some way (though, sometimes we might not like the final outcome). So, yes, if you are drying up your skin, your body will take care of getting the balance back (like it or not) by producing more oil.
It’s interesting to mention that excessive sun exposure (you need sun, just not too much!), might lead to appearance of “greasy” areas on your face, mainly in the so called “T zone”.
Nature offers a few “miracle liquids” that will help you get control over your sebum production in the form of natural plant oils, if we will but use them
Whatever the cause is, and whether the condition is permanent (your mom or dad’s genes, yes) or temporary (hormone imbalance, stress, bad skin care routine) getting control over the situation might be easier than you think.
How Do Oils Work On Oily Skin?
Apart from nourishing the inner, deeper layer of the skin, which is essential for its well-being, what oils actually do is tricking oily skin into “thinking” that there is enough sebum already produced, so the process of secretion can be “put on hold”. This not only provides temporary improvement of your overall skin condition, but will also help you in the long run, to balance your skin in a natural way – a process that requires time and patience, yes, but be sure – the results are worth the waiting.
Which Oils Should You Choose For Oily Skin?
The most important oil is Jojoba oil – it’s simply full of benefits for oily skin! Jojoba oil is unique primarily because it has a composition that is very similar to the one of the sebum your skin produces. It is easily absorb-able and has a great penetration potential which is why it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling or look on the skin. It’s waxy like properties, on the other hand, allow it to form a thin film on the skin’s surface that locks moisture in – for a healthy glow with no match! Another great advantage of the jojoba oil is that it is very stable, it doesn’t get oxidized easily and it has a relatively long life after opening i.e after first contact with air.
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Let’s not forget coconut oil! Known to be one of the best moisturizing oils with powerful hydrating properties, it restores dehydrated skin allowing it to balance on its own. Rich in lauric and caprylic acid, coconut oil also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help your skin stay healthy and strong. It absorbs well, doesn’t leave greasy residues on the skin’s surface and, last but not least – it smells amazing! (Oh, that Piña Colada smell…so tempting!) Since I always try to be as objective as possible, I’ll have to mention that there are some people that claim Coconut Oil didn’t help them in the fight with oily skin (and acne). However, let’s not forget that what kind of oils you consume (and what you eat, in general) also has impact on the way your skin appears, so the problem may lie elsewhere, not in the coconut oil you are putting on your skin.
Grape Seed Oil
Another surprisingly effective “liquid gold” considered to be a great solution for successfully managing excess oil production is Grape seed oil. Famous for its moisture and sebum controlling properties, plus – high concentration of linoleic acid and powerful antioxidants, that help you fight premature aging, it is must-have in your beauty routine. Grape seed oil is also one of the lightest oils – it is absorbed remarkably well which is why it is highly recommended to people with oily skin. Last but not least it has astringent properties – it tightens up the skin and closes up the pores, preventing them from clogging (which is usually a major issue for any person with oilier skin). Though it may sound surprising to some, not only oils are great as a replacement of your regular face cream but they can also be used for cleansing. And according to all those passionate followers of the Oil Cleansing Method the results are wonderful.
If you’re not using organic skin care products, you’re applying harsh, harmful, and possibly cancer-causing chemicals to your skin on a daily basis
There you have it! You can stop wondering how to treat oily skin, because as it turns out, all you need is a little more (natural) oil! Not only that you can, but you have to! Believe it or not, they do wonders. You just have to give them a chance to show you how effective they can be. Nature knows best. And it offers us so many great alternatives. Be open and experiment.
Have you already tried using oils on your skin? Did they help you manage excess oil production? We’d be happy to hear about your personal experience in the comments below!
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