Ugh. Yes, we understand just too well how you feel when you touch your face after just a few hours of washing it and you feel sticky. You have tried everything there is- oil control face washes, scrubs and so, yet nothing seems to work.
Don’t give up and surrender just yet. The best way to deal with a problem is to understand it. Let us figure out exactly how and what is causing your skin to mimic an oil field before we go on to see what best you can do about it.
Causes of Oily Skin
Your skin naturally secretes oil, better known as sebum, which is produced by the sebaceous glands that are present under the skin. Normally, this is great for your skin. It is what keeps your skin soft and glowing. But in unfortunate cases, the sebaceous glands release just a bit too much of their secretions, a condition technically termed seborrhoea leading to you have oily skin. Now, why do they do this?
a. HORMONES: When our bodies undergo puberty and other stressful conditions, a stream of hormones flow through our body, causing significant changes everywhere they go. The culprit hormones in the case of oily skin are the androgens.
Androgens are the male sex hormones, the most popular one being testosterone. The female body generally secretes a certain amount of androgens constantly that do not cause any adverse effects. However, there are conditions that can cause the increased secretion of androgens. Metabolic Syndrome X, Polycystic Ovarian Disease, conditions causing increased steroid production and certain tumors are among those leading to increasing androgen production.
b. GENETICS: Chances are, you have inherited more than just your parents’ eye colours and blood types. If either of your parents have been victims of oily skin due to any causes, it is very likely that you got it from them.
Complications of Oily Skin
The ultimate woe of having oily skin is that it just doesn’t stop there. The excess oil that is secreted gets trapped in the pores of your skin and clogs it. If that is not horrible enough, the bacteria present on the skin, along with the dead cells that you haven’t scrubbed off get mixed with this oil. This leads to the actual complications of oily skin- the pimples. This is usually accompanied by blackheads, which along with the other problems leave blemishes on the skin. Oh, and you also have oily skin to thank for, for your acne problems.
Dealing with Oily Skin
STEP ONE: Identify the cause of your skin problems. If the underlying cause is treated or managed, it is only natural that you should see a notable improvement in your skin quality.
STEP TWO: Home Remedies for Oily Skin
1. Wash your face constantly. Four to five times a day is considered ideal in case of oily skin. But pay heed to the following when you wash your face.
a. Use a mild and simple soap. Stay away from the ones loaded with fragrances, moisturisers, and other chemical ingredients.
b. Wash your face using your hands. Friction caused by using loofahs and other objects just trigger more oil secretion.
c. Use face washes or face soaps that contain salicylic acid, which is a chemical known control excess sebum and help manage pimple outbreaks.
2. Drying your face the right way matters. Use a soft face towel or tissue and pat your face dry rather than rubbing it vigorously which causes friction. Friction = irritation of skin = more oil.
3. Now, this will take you aback but irrespective of what people may say, moisturisation is key. It’s quite simple. Well-hydrated skin is happy and hence the sebaceous glands are calm. Use aloe vera but make sure that the product you use is free of denatured alcohol which typically dries out the skin leaving it irritated.
4. Use face packs and toners. Face packs can easily be made at home. Make sure you use ingredients like honey, clay minerals, aloe, neem leaves or oatmeal in them to tackle excess oil and keep the skin soft and supple. The most popular face toner you can use that guarantees results is the witch hazel which is a perfectly natural astringent (substance that removes excess skin oil)
STEP THREE: Consult a dermatologist or a beauty and wellness professional who could help you with tackling oily skin and the various complications that it leads to.