Anyone with oil skin hates how their face always seems shiny, no matter what you try. And it isn't just the shine that is annoying. Oily skin often leads to pimples, blackheads, and acne that makes you feel even worse about yourself. So what is the best thing to get rid of an oily face? There isn't really just one thing that you can do that will solve all of your skin woes. It's better to focus on both external treatments along with internal changes. Fortunately, these are all inexpensive as well as effective. Here are some of the best homemade treatments you can use to get rid of an oily face.
Start by making a homemade mask from carrots. This is good for taking care of blemishes and acne. All you need is a couple of raw carrots and a tad of lemon juice. Grate the carrots and add the juice. You'll want to recline or lie down so that you can easily apply this mixture to your face. Stay like this for about twenty minutes. This can seem like a long time to be still, so listen to some music or invite a friend over for your spa day. Once you are done, rinse off your face with warm water.
There are a couple of things you can finish this with. One is vinegar. This is a good option because it is cheap and you probably already have some in your kitchen. But then you'll smell like vinegar. I think witch hazel is more effective. Not many people care for its smell either, likening it to everything from hamburgers to tequilla. But if you don't like the odor, you have a couple of different options. One is to add the witch hazel to rosewater. You might even find some sold this way. Another is to add a couple of drops of an essential oil such as lavender to the witch hazel and shake. Whichever option you choose, just add the cleanser to a cotton ball and apply to your face.
Another thing you might want to try is an herbal steam. To do this all you will need is a few bags of herbal tea, a pot of water, and a towel. Bring the water with the teabags in it to a boil. Once it is boiling take it off of the stove and place it on an oven mitt on the table. Make a tent with the towel over the pot. Keep your head under the tent but not so close that you burn yourself. This gives your skin an herbal steam. You can do this for about ten minutes a day.
When you go shopping for skin products, you need to be extra careful. A lot of these products contain oil and other ingredients that will be detrimental to your skin type. Buy products that are specifically for people with oily skin or read the ingredients and learn what to buy and what to avoid. This applies to both skin cleansers and makeup. You might want to try to go a few days without makeup to give your skin a chance to breathe. If you do wear it daily, take it off as soon as you get home instead of waiting until bedtime. You also want to clean your makeup brushes a couple of times a month. They can carry germs and bacteria and you don't want to apply that to your face. So soak the brushes in warm soapy water for a few minutes to clean them. Baby shampoo works well, as does mild liquid detergent.
Now that we've taken care of your skin from the outside, it's time to look at what you can do to take care of it from the inside. Start with supplements. You want to start taking a daily zinc, manganese, and/or acetate pill every day. This is because a manganese or zinc deficiency can be caused by too much sebum, which leads to an oily face. It will take at least two weeks to notice the difference, so stick with this. By adding a daily vitamin C supplement, you can aid manganese absorption.
Now, take a look at your diet. What you eat can have a serious impact on the quality of your skin. You'll want to avoid foods that are greasy or devoid of nutrients. This isn't saying that you should avoid all oils--things like avocado and olive oil are healthy and won't make your skin oily. Try to add a lot of fresh foods and vegetables to your diet. This will increase the number of antioxidants you are getting. This is perhaps the best way to get rid of an oily face and improve your health at the same time.
It's not just about what you eat. It is also about what you drink. Are you consuming plenty of water throughout the day? Soda and coffee just don't cut it when it comes to hydrating your body and your skin. A water filter will help with the taste if you don't like water and you can also add lemon or cucumber to give it a more refreshing taste.
Another thing you can do is exercise. Try to add some moderate exercise five or six days a week. This can be walking, jogging, lifting weights, aerobics, yoga, or whatever you enjoy. Whatever you do you'll want to work up a healthy sweat. You'll be amazed at how a little bit of exercise can transform your skin.
So, when will you see the results? If you do all of the things on this list you'll probably notice a change in a couple of weeks. One change can still make a difference, but it probably won't be as noticeable. It's important to not get discouraged if you don't see a change right away. This homemade solutions to oily skin will work if you give them time. So promise yourself a month to make the changes that you need to make and stick with them. You'll be happy that you did once you get rid of your oily face.