Sebum (oil produced by the skin) moisturises your skin, makes it soft, and protects it from bacterial infections. However, excess production of sebum can clog pores and cause breakouts.
The production of oil by the skin cannot be stopped but can definitely be lowered naturally. Here’s how:
i) Eat foods rich in Vitamin A: Foods like fish, liver, lettuce, dark green leafy, lettuce, mango are packed with vitamin A, which regulates the oil secretion.
ii) Cleanse your face twice daily — morning and night. Use a mild cleanser and clean face gently.
Tip: Here’s a homemade cleanser formula for oily skin that keeps your skin smooth and soft: Mix two teaspoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the mix for 15-20 minutes until it dries. Wash.
iii) Toning your skin helps remove dead skin cells and residues from the face. Gently dab the toner onto the face to open any clogged pores.
iv) Exfoliate skin to flake off dead skin. Try homemade scrubs containing natural ingredients.
v) Apply aloe vera gel twice daily. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties unclog pores and prevent excess oil secretion.
vi) Eat a balanced diet. Avoid junk and spicy food, beverages and processed foods.
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Exfoliation is must for oily skin. Oily skin works like a dust magnet and is also prone to blackheads, whiteheads, clogged pores and dead-dry skin. Exfoliation prevents dark spots and gives a nice, matte glow to the face. It also smoothens the skin.
The scrubs used for oily skin should preferably be gel-based. Gel-based products are soothing and dry quickly.
Salicylic acid is one of the main ingredients in scrubs intended to fix oily skin. It not only removes the dead skin and oils, but also goes deep inside the pores and cleanses the impurities within. Salicylic acid also removes blackheads and blemishes.
A mix of yogurt and almonds can also be made at home for exfoliating oily skin.
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