What is the reason for oily skin

Treat oily skin

What to do about oily skin

Greasy, shiny skin is particularly annoying on the face. After all, a fine-pored, matt alabaster complexion is considered an ideal of beauty. Often the so-called T-zone is particularly affected - oily forehead, oily nose, oily chin. The reason: There are more sebum glands in these areas than in the skin of the cheeks.

Oily skin: cleaning and care

In principle, oily skin is relatively insensitive to environmental influences such as heat, cold and sun. Compared to normal skin, it stays firm longer and wrinkles late. However, since oily, oily skin is prone to blemishes, regular thorough cleaning with special products for oily skin is important.

Oily skin also needs care. You should be careful not to completely degrease the oily skin. This destroys the skin's natural water-lipid layer (protective acid layer) and also stimulates the sebum glands to produce even more sebum in order to compensate for the loss of fat.

You can find numerous effective remedies for oily skin in pharmacies and drug stores. The products absorb excess fat, bind it, slow down the production of the sebum glands and counteract skin impurities. This is how you clean and care for your oily skin gently and effectively. The face, shoulders and back can be successfully treated with:

  • Cleansing milk with fat absorbing properties
  • Non-moisturizing washing creams or gels with a neutral or slightly acidic pH value adjusted to the natural pH value of the skin surface (5.5)
  • Exfoliants for oily skin
  • toning facial toner with antibacterial ingredients
  • Moisturizing, oil-free care creams with light UV protection

Proper nutrition

What we eat has a huge impact on our skin. The choice of food therefore plays an important role in the fight against oily skin: Diet and drinking habits should be critically reviewed and, if necessary, optimized. It is particularly important to eat little fat and sugar, as both can further stimulate sebum production. Especially recommended against oily skin is a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, which provides the skin with all the nutrients it needs and does not additionally stimulate sebum production.

Animal products should be on the menu in moderation, as they usually contain a lot of saturated fatty acids, which put additional strain on oily skin. If you have oily skin, you should also make sure to drink enough, preferably still mineral water. Experts also recommend that you get enough vitamin A and zinc through your diet - both of which have a positive effect on oily skin.

Good sources of vitamin A are liver, sea fish, butter and cheese. In the form of the beta-carotene precursor, vitamin A is also found in vegetables and fruits, such as carrots, spinach, broccoli, bell peppers, cherries and grapefruit. A particularly large amount of zinc is found in rye and wheat seedlings, sunflower seeds, wheat bran, cashews, cheese and Brazil nuts, for example.

In some cases it can be good against oily skin to take the substances through dietary supplements. However, you should never make this decision yourself. Ask your doctor whether the additional intake of vitamin A or zinc makes sense for you. Because food supplements always harbor the risk of consuming too much of the respective ingredient - with negative consequences for the organism.

Home remedies for oily skin

If you want to do something against oily skin in a natural way beyond proper nutrition, you can fall back on tried and tested home remedies. Effective against oily skin are, for example:

  • Aloe vera
  • Cucumber water
  • chamomile
  • Almond bran
  • Marigold
  • yarrow
  • sauerkraut
  • tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Wheat bran
  • lemon

These natural products can be used to make highly effective cleansing and nourishing mixtures against oily skin:

Cleansing milk made from cucumber water and egg yolk
For this cleansing milk, cut a fresh cucumber into slices, put them in a jug and fill up with water. Then mix some of the cucumber water with an egg yolk and use the lotion to gently cleanse your face.

Washing paste with almond bran
Mix a cup of almond bran with 250 milliliters of whole milk and 15 milliliters of almond oil until a smooth paste is formed. Apply the paste on the face and massage it in with gentle circular movements. Then remove with lukewarm water.

Clarifying toner with buttermilk and lemon
Mix a little buttermilk with a squirt of lemon juice and dab the previously cleansed face with it.

Steam bath with chamomile
A steam bath cleanses pore-deep and soothes the skin. To do this, pour two tablespoons of chamomile or marigold flowers in a heat-resistant bowl with about 1.5 liters of boiling water. Let the mixture steep for ten minutes, then bend your head over it for about 15 minutes at a distance of about 30 centimeters.

To increase the effect, you can put a towel over your head and bowl so that the steam cannot escape. Then gently dab the skin with a cosmetic tissue and apply a mild care lotion.

Face mask with sauerkraut
Unusual but effective: place raw sauerkraut on the skin for about 20 minutes. The herb has a clarifying and calming effect.

Tea for blemished skin

You can also do something against oily skin from within. Tea mixtures with certain medicinal herbs, for example a mix of dandelion, nettles and birch leaves, have proven to be effective. For preparation, mix the ingredients in equal parts and pour 250 milliliters of boiling water over a teaspoon. Let the tea steep for five to six minutes and drink three cups a day throughout the day for a maximum of five weeks - a boon for you oily skin.