Easy Natural Steps to Control Your Oily Skin

List: Posted: 06/06/11

Oily skin is typical during the teenage years, but thanks to our hormones, oil and sebum can continue to be a problem well into our adult years.  Some individuals suffer from severely oily skin throughout their whole life, but dermatologists have a few methods for managing relentless oil slicks.  Aside from accepting the situation, you can manage your shiny face by following a few of the following natural tricks and tips.


1. When applied several times a week, clay masks can temporarily dry up the superficial layers of skin.  Clay masks can also quell acne and clear up pores.


2. Add witch hazel to your AM and PM routine.  This clear, natural astringent is sold near the rubbing alcohol in drugstores.  It is cheap and easy to find at less than a dollar a bottle.  Simply swipe a cotton ball of witch hazel lightly over your face, and allow to dry naturally.


3. Use oil absorbing sheets throughout the day.  Oil absorbing sheets will help remove excess oil without smudging your makeup, and they’re available at any drugstore.


4. Some women with oily skin find that taking the birth control pill helps regulate hormones, thus reducing the amount of sebum produced. While this doesn’t work for everyone, it may provide some relief if this method of birth control is already being considered.


5. Finally, OC Eight is a product sold by dermatologists and online – it’s not yet available in stores.  This professional mattifying product evens out the skin tone and controls oil for eight hours.  There are less expensive mattifying gels that work to some degree.


While there isn’t a permanent cure for oily skin, you can at least combat the oily sheen that builds up throughout the day.  If convenient, you may find that washing your face in the middle of the day is the best way to feel clean and fresh.  If you decide to do this, then try switching to clear mascara, in order to avoid the 'panda' look you get when you wash your face whilst wearing black mascara.  Try to also carry wipes to use during the day to lighten the load on your face.

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