7 Natural Tips for Treating Oily Skin

Oily skin is caused by the excessive secretion of oil glands that give the skin a waxy sheen.  The cause of this condition can be because of hormonal changes during pregnancy or just a genetic tendency for some individuals to produce more oil than others.  Besides the waxy sheen of the skin, there can also be the appearance of small light colored lesions beneath the skin which can grow in size and cause local inflammation. These are caused by the build up of trapped oil beneath the skin.  It is also important to realize that any excessive irritation of the skin can cause more oil production and therefore worsen the problem. Below are some recommended tips to reduce and treat the effects of excessive oil production:

  1. You should keep a strict cleansing routine. Cleanse your face every night and every morning. We recommend a mild cleanser that contains natural plant derived emollients and is formulated to remove the excess oil.
  2. Exfoliation is important to assist in the removal of the excess oil build up within the pores. If your skin is non-inflamed and not very sensitive, we recommend the use of a mild nonabrasive exfoliant over the moist skin after cleansing. If the skin is inflamed and more sensitive, we recommend a less abrasive defoliant.  I have found that products containing the natural enzymes papain and bromelain to be extremely helpful in reducing oily skin build up.
  3. It is important to realize that the use of cosmetics can cause skin irritation and inflammation, resulting in even more oil production. The use of oil based cosmetics should also be avoided. Cosmetics have a tendency to clog our pores, resulting in a build up of oily cysts beneath the skin, causing unsightly whiteheads and resulting in more inflammation.
  4. Next I recommend the use of an astringent to remove any remaining oil. We recommend a carefully formulated non-irritating toner to be used after the above steps.
  5. An addition, we have found that the use of a Pore Extraction Masque containing natural beta glucans used once per week to be very helpful in removing oil and reducing pore size.
  6. Finally after your cleansing, toning and extraction routine, finish with an oil-free moisturizer to help replenish your skin without adding more oil.
  7. While dietary changes aren’t known to “cure” oily skin or its complications, emphasizing certain foods in your diet may help prevent or reduce the amount of oil produced by your skin. We recommend that the use of a low sugar diet with a low glycemic index is very helpful in reducing the oil content of your skin. Foods on the glycemic index diet are scored on a scale of 0 to 100 based on how much they raise your blood sugar level. A diet focused on Low-Glycemic Index Foods are recommended such as:
  • High-GI foods (70 or higher): white rice, white bread, pretzels, white bagels, white baked potatoes, crackers, sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Medium-GI foods (56-69): bananas, grapes, spaghetti, ice cream, raisins, corn on the cob
  • Low-GI foods (55 and under): oatmeal, peanuts, peas, carrots, kidney beans, hummus, skim milk, most fruits (except those listed above and watermelon

 

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