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Oily Skin


About
Over-productive sebaceous glands cause oily skin. Hormones, birth control pills, pregnancy, cosmetics, diet, and heredity all contribute to the oiliness of one's skin. Though oily skin may cause embarrassment and frustration at times, it also keeps skin looking young for longer.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Acne is not a result of oily skin. Oil production can contribute to amount of acne.
  • Alcohol wipes can help control oily skin on-the-go.
  • As needed, use a non-greasy moisturizer for dry skin to help with future wrinkles. While oil on the surface may help retain water in the skin cells, oily skin does not necessarily mean skin is moisturized.


Advice
  • Alpha-hydroxy acids can be beneficial in facial care when used properly. They enhance cell renewal, keep skin hydrated, and help remove some of the oil. They also help get rid of the dead top layer of skin, resulting in a younger appearance and smaller pores. Glycolic acid is recommended. Should you choose to use products with alpha-hydroxy acids, start with a product is only 5 percent alpha-hydroxy acid. Only use it at night for the first two weeks. Then you can begin using it both at night and in the morning.
  • Astringents with acetone are most effective.
  • Avoid smoking as it can make pores larger and hurt the look of your skin overall.
  • Benzoyl peroxide products are helpful for those with oily skin.
  • Clean skin is important. Wash face with pure soap with no artificial additives. Avoid using washcloths and harsh scrubs. Hands or sterile gauze pads work well. Two or three washes a day is sufficient. More frequent washing can actually contribute to production of more oil. Oil-free moisturizer is recommended as needed.
  • Combination skin should be treated as such - oily as oily, dry as dry.
  • Cosmetics and skin care items should be made for oily skin.
  • Drinking water will help detoxify the body and maintain hydration in skin.
  • Facial powder with talcum powder is recommended as it contains no oil and helps absorb any oil on your skin.
  • Lemon juice mixed with an equal part of water can be beneficial to your face. Apply to face, let it dry, and rinse it off with warm water. Rinse again with cool water.
  • Limit fat intake. Oils that have been heated, fried foods, heat-processed vegetable oil, and fast food should be avoided. Olive oil or canola oil are acceptable in cold form.
  • Mud masks and clay masks are beneficial. People with sensitive skin should try white or rose-colored clay masks. Clay masks can be made by mixing 1 teaspoon of green clay powder with 1 teaspoon of raw honey. Masks should be left on the face for about 15 minutes. It is helpful to do this several times a week.
  • Stay away from junk food, soft drinks, alcohol, and sugar.
  • Wash face in hot water, not lukewarm or cold.
  • Washing your face with a loofah sponge two or three times weekly will help enhance circulation and get rid of impurities and dead skin. Loofah should not be used on sores or near eyes.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Flaxseed oil
Importance: High
Comments: Provides essential fatty acids.


Flaxseed oil
Importance: High
Comments: Provides essential fatty acids.


Primrose oil
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healing of some skin problems. Provides linoleic acid, a nutrient beneficial for the skin.


Vitamin A
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healing. Helps produce new skin tissue.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healthy skin tone.


Vitamin B12
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healthy skin tone.


Kelp
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides needed nutrients that promote healthy skin tone.


Vitamin E
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Guards against free radicals.


Zinc
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps with tissue reconstruction. Boosts immune system. Zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc are recommended.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Aloe vera
Type: External
Purposes: Promotes healing.
Dosage: Follow directions on label.

Burdock
Type: Internal
Purposes: Provides needed skin nourishment.

Chamomile
Type: Internal
Purposes: Provides needed skin nourishment.

Horsetail
Type: Internal
Purposes: Provides needed skin nourishment.

Oat Straw
Type: Internal
Purposes: Provides needed skin nourishment.

Thyme
Type: Internal
Purposes: Provides needed skin nourishment.

Lavender
Type: External
Purposes: Helps with oil skin.
Dosage: Mist on face 2-3 times daily.

Lemongrass
Type: External
Purposes: Mix with licorice root and rosebuds to make a facial sauna and toner for your face. For facial sauna, steam face for 15 minutes. For toner, use leftover herbal water to apply to your face after washing.
Dosage: 2-4 teaspoons of each herb mixed with 2 quarts of water

Licorice
Type: External
Purposes: Mix with lemongrass and rosebuds to make a facial sauna and toner for your face. For facial sauna, steam face for 15 minutes. For toner, use leftover herbal water to apply to your face after washing.
Dosage: 2-4 teaspoons of each herb mixed with 2 quarts of water

Rosebuds
Type: External
Purposes: Mix with licorice root and lemongrass to make a facial sauna and toner for your face. For facial sauna, steam face for 15 minutes. For toner, use leftover herbal water to apply to your face after washing.
Dosage: 2-4 teaspoons of each herb mixed with 2 quarts of water

Witch Hazel
Type: External
Purposes: Use topically on oily skin.