Oily skin: the most effective natural remedies to treat it

Oily skin: the most effective natural remedies to treat it

Greasy and shiny skin, blackheads, boils: what is oily skin and what natural remedies to use to treat it better

Index

  • Things
  • Causes and consequences
  • Types of oily skin
  • Natural remedies

Things

Oily skin is a type of skin characterized by excessive sebum production. Compared to normal skin and dry or dehydrated skin, oily skin appears shiny in a generalized way or in specific areas and sometimes appears decidedly greasy. The areas of the body most subject to the production of excess sebum are obviously those that have more sebaceous glands: consequently, the areas of the face most affected by this problem are generally the forehead, the chin, the area around the nose, indicated generally with the term “T zone”. As for the body, however, when the skin produces a lot of sebum, the excess is particularly noticeable on the scalp, shoulders and upper back where the skin is greasy to the touch. On the scalp, excess sebum results in oily hair and oily dandruff, while on the face and body, oily skin is recognized as shiny and oily and, at times, thicker and “dull” than normal skin . In addition, oily skin can be subjected more frequently to redness and the appearance of impurities such as blackheads, whiteheads and boils. On the other hand, oily skin is a type of skin that stays young longer thanks to the emollient action of the sebum, which allows the skin to remain soft and hydrated, counteracting the formation of wrinkles.

Causes and consequences

The sebum is synthesized and secreted by the sebaceous glands in order to soften the skin and, together with the water, constitutes the hydrolipidic film that defends the skin from external agents. In some people, however, the sebum is produced in excess, and the skin appears shiny, greasy and more prone to impurities. The main cause behind oily skin lies in a personal predisposition that determines an alteration in the production of hormones that regulate the production of sebum. The condition can worsen during periods of high stress or in certain climatic conditions, for example in summer on very hot and humid days. The increase in sebum production alters the composition of the hydrolipidic film and hinders the physiological functions of the skin. The excess lipid content makes skin transpiration difficult, clogs the pores of the skin and promotes the proliferation of pathogenic microorganisms. For this reason, those with oily skin often have inflammation and redness, blackheads and whiteheads, and can develop seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff or acne, depending on the type of oily skin.

Types of oily skin

There are different types of oily skin with different characteristics. In oily skin, the sebum is produced in excess of normal but it is fluid and not particularly abundant; this skin therefore appears shiny and with dilated pores but often does not present other problems. On the other hand, oily seborrheic skins, oily asphyxiated skins and acneic skins where the production of sebum is much greater are more problematic. In this case the pores appear very dilated and the sebum can be very dense, so as to occlude the follicles. Inside the follicles lipids, bacteria, cell waste accumulate and, over time, comedones, commonly called black points or white points, are formed. Inside the follicles, the presence of bacteria can lead to inflammation which in turn causes cysts and lesions, as occurs in acne, a skin disease that affects young adolescents as well as adults. Finally, remember that combination skin is also one of the types of oily skin: combination skin is perhaps the most difficult to treat, as it has areas where sebaceous production is in excess and the skin is shiny, greasy and with impurities and areas. where the skin is dry and dehydrated.

Natural remedies

Excess sebum can be effectively reduced and counteracted thanks to a good beauty routine and the support of some natural remedies. As for daily skin care, it is important to cleanse the face with delicate products, so as not to worsen skin irritation: in this sense hydrolates or infusions of chamomile, lavender and horsetail with soothing and antibacterial action are perfect. Infusions and hydrolates can be used to cleanse the face and body using a sponge or a cotton ball, or to scrub and rinse the scalp. Also for the scalp, oily skin can be counteracted using delicate shampoos based on extracts of rosemary, sage, nettle. The skin of the face and body should then be hydrated using light creams, not very greasy, or better still with simple oil free gels, such as aloe vera gel, perhaps enriched with natural ingredients with a moisturizing action such as echinacea extract. Once a week, you can use purifying masks prepared with green clay, witch hazel water and a drop of tea tree essential oil, natural remedies that help absorb excess sebum and regulate its production, as well as fight bacteria. However, the masks are only suitable for oily skin and not if you have pimples and acne lesions. Finally, it is possible to take a supplements based on burdock and violet, to help support the functionality of the skin from the inside.

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