9 Best Natural Remedies For Oily Skin
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Oily skin is a problem no matter what the season. The over-active sebaceous glands are responsible for making the skin oily. The over-secretion of oil results in clogging of skin pores leading to various skin infections including blackheads, acne and pimples.
Hence people with oily skin suffer more from skin disorders than people with dry and normal skin. Apart from the skin problems, oily skin tends to look dull due to the greasy effect of the oil on the skin. Women with oily skin often find it impossible to wear makeup because it could lead to a shiny and greasy face in a matter of few minutes.
There is no way you can change the type of the skin you were born with. However, there are ways in which you can take care of problematic skin in order to ensure that it does not lead to skin problems.
In this article we will look at some of the natural ways in which we can take care of oily skin and prevent it from developing skin infections. These remedies will not decrease the production of oil in the sebaceous glands; rather hey will help the skin deal with the secretion of extra oil effectively.
Best Ways To Treat Oily Skin
It is important to keep the oily skin clean at all times. Oatmeal face wash works best for oily skin. Prepare oatmeal face wash by combining one tablespoon of coarse oatmeal powder with one teaspoon skimmed milk and two teaspoons water.
Apply the paste on your face and wait for one minute. Start massaging your face to remove the paste. Rinse with cold water. This paste can also be used for cleaning your body.
Prepare orange peel face and body wash by grinding sun-dried orange peels to a fine powder form. Put the powder in a clean and dry jar. Scoop out four tablespoons of the orange peel powder and mix it with water to form a smooth paste.
Apply the paste all over your body and face and allow it to dry. Wash the paste using loofah and cold water. Orange powder is very beneficial for controlling secretion of oil.
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Take two tablespoons of baking soda and mix ½ teaspoon honey and ½ teaspoon turmeric powder in the soda. Add water to the mixture to form a paste of spreadable consistency. Use this paste for cleaning your body and well as face. Baking soda is a natural exfoliator; oily skin requires regular exfoliation to keep the pores clean and the skin smooth.
Use a loofah for massaging the body. Rinse off with cold water. People with extremely oily skin can skip adding honey and instead add one teaspoon lemon juice to the paste. Baking soda can be used every day to clean the skin.
Take two cups of lentil grains and grind them to a coarse powder form. Transfer the lentil powder to a dry and clean jar. Add two tablespoons turmeric powder to the jar. Shake the jar to mix both the powders. To prepare body wash using lentil powder scoop out two tablespoons of the mixture from the jar.
Add a little honey, lemon juice and water to form a paste. Use this paste for washing your body and cleaning your face. You will have to massage the paste on your body to have the exfoliating effect. Scrubbing will clean the pores by getting rid of dirt, sebum and dead skin cells.
Fill a bath tub with cold water and add two cups of undiluted apple cider vinegar in the water. Soak in this bath for 10-15 minutes. After washing your face with a mild wash, splash half a cup of chilled apple cider vinegar on your face.
Apple cider vinegar absorbs the extra oil from the skin without letting the skin become over-dried. This treatment can be done every day. Apple cider vinegar has a nice and fruity smell which will keep you feeling fresh all day.
Prepare lemon peel powder by removing the peel of a dozen lemons and sun-drying them for 7-10 days. Once the peels are dry grind them together to get lemon peel powder. Store the powder in a clean and dry jar. To prepare lemon wash for oily skin scoop out three tablespoons of lemon peel powder and add some water to make a paste.
Apply the paste on your face, neck, elbows and knees. Let the paste dry completely before removing with cold water. Lemon will absorb the extra oil from the skin and also remove blackheads. It will lighten the color of dark knees and elbows as well.
Aloe vera also works wonders for oily skin. Use fresh aloe vera gel for treating oily skin problems. You can keep an aloe vera plant at home; it is not very expensive and doesn’t require much maintenance. Take four to five long leaves of aloe vera and remove their green skin.
The gel like substance that is found inside the leaves is used for treating the skin. Collect the gel in a clean bowl and refrigerate it. Wash your face with the gel. Mash the gel properly before applying it to your face. Leave for 10 minutes and then wash off with cold water. This treatment can be done whenever you feel your face turning oily and shiny.
Gram flour is also used for removing excess oil from the skin and keeping it clean and fresh at all times. Take one tablespoon gram flour powder and add a pinch of turmeric to it. Mix the powders well and pour some water to form a smooth paste. Apply an even layer of the paste on your face and neck and allow it to dry completely before washing with cold water. You can use the paste for cleaning your body as well.
Fuller’s earth is being used since centuries to take care of oily skin. The minerals present in the clay extract the impurities from the pores leaving the skin clean and clear.
The mineral clay is also excellent for treating acne in oily skin. Prepare a paste by combining fuller’s earth with rose water or plain water. Apply the paste on your face and body. Let it dry well and then rinse off using cold water. Fuller’s earth will quickly get rid of the extra oil on the skin making it smooth and glowing.