Oily skin is caused by the over production of sebum from the sebaceous glands that are located under the skin.  Sebum is made of fats and helps protect and balance the skin’s moisture.  However, when there is too much sebum, this can lead to non-comedogenic which increases the risk of acne, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.  Oily skin is most noticeable on the face which has a shiny appearance. Large pores are also quite common and people with oily skin may find it more difficult to find makeup that suits their skin type.

Oily skin can be a hereditary condition and hormones can cause fluctuations in sebum production.  This happens during puberty, just before menstruation, during pregnancy and during menopause.  Stress levels is also a factor that may increase the production of sebum.  Trying to prevent oily skin can be challenging especially when it is genetic or hormonal but there are some things you can do to keep skin clean and pore clog free.

  • Eat a balanced diet and limit the amount of unhealthy and over processed foods. Looking after your skin starts with making sure your body is well fed and watered and nourished both inside and out.
  • Reduce the use of make-up on oily skin. Foundation in particular can clog pores.  Choose water-based products instead of oil based and look for products that are non-comedogenic, this means that they are less likely to clog pores.
  • Wash your face daily. For oily skin, its best to wash twice a day with a gentle cleanser and warm water.  Say no to harsh soaps, chemical laden cleansers and products which may strip away too much good oil from the skin.  This may lead to your body producing more sebum, a catch 22 situation.
  • Use a gentle natural toner such as witch hazel after your daily wash. Witch hazel is a natural astringent and is anti-inflammatory. It may also help with removing the additional makeup that could clog pores.  However, its best to test your choice of toner on a small patch of skin to ensure that there is no reaction.
  • Avoid rough handling of the skin. This include the use of rough washcloths and scrubs on the skin which may irritate the skin causing skin to create more sebum.  It’s also best to pat your skin instead of scrubbing your face dry with your towel.
  • Ensure you continue to moisturise your skin. Look for an oil-free moisturiser to keep the skin moist and protected.  A pure aloe vera gel is a great alternative to a cream or oil moisturiser.
  • Apply a mask regular to help absorb excess oils, dirt and grime from pores. Clay masks such a bentonite or green clay are great absorbents.  Just add water to the dry powder, apply and let it dry.  You can then remove and pat dry.  Regular applications will keep pore clean and decreases risk of breakouts.

To help you care for your skin, we have available in our online shop, a selection of natural products formulated specifically for oily skin. These include clay and mud masks to help remove toxins from your skin and unblock congested skin;  gentle soaps to wash away oils for a deep cleanse; moisturisers that to mattify the skin and non-comedogenic oils such as hemp seed oil and moringa oil that nourish without clogging pores.



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