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Kick Oily Skin To The Curb With Some Natural Methods

Aug 17, 2007
So many products made for oily skin on the market these days tend to contain, or claim they contain, organic ingredients. A little shea butter here, a sprinkle of lavender there. But what do you do when you run out of your favorite product and need something right then and there? Or what if you find yourself tired of combing through products trying to find the right one?

Your oily skin is not going to wait. Your oil glands will continue producing sebum until your hormones even out or you make a few changes in your life that may be currently contributing to your oily skin. In the case that you have to wait (if you are currently going through puberty, you have no choice in the matter), you might be interested in trying some homemade remedies or other natural elements to give you a break from oily skin.

Keep in mind that not all of these may work for your skin, and if you are allergic to something, avoid it. A few essential oils are mentioned, but you should not apply them directly to your skin and should be diluted and either used with a carrier oil or with a cream. Before going all out with a possible remedy or oil, you can do a patch test first to check for possible reactions in your skin. This way you can avoid any problems or wasting any ingredients.

Geranium: An essential oil that can help balance your sebum production, both in oily and dry skin.

Lavender: This essential oil is popular due to its healing properties, and is used to treat sunburn, burns, insect bites, pimples and acne. As a person with oily skin, you may find it comes in handy when you have an acne outbreak.

Grape seed: Another essential oil that works well for both oily skin and combination skin. It is light and has a great deal of protein and antioxidants that can help take care of free radicals which can cause damage to your skin.

Soya Bean: This essential oil is also light and has many vitamins and minerals that will help nourish your skin.

Apricot kernel: This is a carrier oil that can work for all skin types. It contains lots of vitamin A, which can aid in collagen production. This is a light oil that your skin can easily absorb.

Wheatgerm: This is another carrier oil that will work for all skin types. It contains vitamin E and proteins which work to balance your skin and revitalize skin that has prematurely aged from sunlight, free radical damage, or other elements.

Remedy #1: Using fresh tomatoes, puree and apply them to your face. Leave on for a few minutes and then wash them off.

Remedy #2: Mix a tablespoon of yogurt with fullers earth and apply to your face. If you like, you can also directly apply yogurt alone. This can be used to help soften your skin.

Remedy #3: Mix half a teaspoon of honey, one egg white, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Then add fullers earth or brewers yeast powder. Mix all these ingredients into a paste like consistency and apply to your face. After about 20 minutes, wash it off using water.

Remedy #4: Using raw papaya, grind into a pulp and gently scrub on your face. Papaya is a good cleanser and exfoliate and can also be used by those with dry skin.

Using some of these remedies and items may help you with your oily skin problem. If they work, that is great for you, but if not, do not be discouraged. Not all completely homemade remedies will be effective for people with oily skin. You can always ask your dermatologist for some ideas on organic or natural products that may help.
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