Oily skin is more common in teenagers due to fluctuating hormones however it can occur at any age. The sebaceous glands secrete oil to lubricate the skin but if there are high levels or an imbalance of hormones in the body they produce too much and the skin becomes oily which can result in blocked pores and blemishes for some people - see Acne. Some people have oily skin in some areas of the body and dry skin in others. This is known as combination skin.
Oily skin can be hereditary, but it can also be caused by an unsuitable diet, pregnancy, birth control pills and the skin care products or cosmetics you use. Hot and humid weather also stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
The positive side is that oily skin tends to be much slower to develop fine lines and wrinkles and often tans well and evenly. However it can be prone to spots, enlarged pores and tends to look and feel shiny and greasy.
Drink 6-8 glasses of filtered or bottled water each day to help flush out toxins. Eat a healthy diet and reduce the amount of fat in your diet. Do not consume fried foods, animal (saturated) fats or processed (golden) vegetable oils and try not to cook with oil, or use any oil that has been heated. Use only a little cold-pressed olive oil if you need to use oil in a salad dressing.
Avoid refined sugar, chocolate, junk food, fizzy drinks and alcohol.
It is important to keep your skin clean and free of excess oil. Wash your face gently two or three times throughout the day, using hot water rather than warm, to breakdown the oil more effectively. Be careful not to scrub or over-wash the face as this can stimulate more oil production. Remember that caring for oily skin does not mean drying the skin out and so it is important to use an oil-free moisturiser or gel to nourish the skin after cleansing.
We have a new range of natural skin care products that contain Colloidal Silver and MSM (organic sulphur), and includes 'Acne Serum' and 'Acne Soap' which may also be beneficial.
In addition to your daily skin care routine using a face mask two or three times a week can help to remove oil and impurities more thoroughly. 'Aloe Vera Gel' has excellent healing properties and can be used as an oil-free moisturiser, and spraying your face throughout the day with 'Lavender Floral Water' mist is very beneficial for oily skin.
- see Blemished & Oily Skin for all skin care products for oily skin.
If you have combination skin see Combination Skin for specific skin care products, however you may need to treat the oily areas as oily and the dry areas as Dry Skin. To rebalance this type of skin it is very important to take essential fatty acids (as above).
see also Skin Support Kits
Please contact us for specific advice
NB. This information is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are unsure as to the suitability of any of the products or recommendations with regard to your condition please consult your doctor. If your doctor does not approve of complementary medicine it may be helpful to find one who does.