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“Don’ts” for oily skin

Posted on 28th Nov, 2016

Oily skin or seborrhea is when there is excessive skin oil, called sebum. Unfortunately, both men and women experience oily skin due to hormone imbalances, genetics, makeup products, diet, and humidity. Listed below are a few don’t’s when it comes to oily skin:

1) Scrubs

One would assume that scrubs help remove oil from your skin, but the reality is that using face scrubs leads to a higher production of oil. Instead, try using masks that contain salicylic acid as it dissolves oil.

2) Unwashed sheets and pillowcases 

Your body keeps producing oil even when you sleep, and the oil often gets transferred to your sheets and pillowcases. So, remember to wash your sheets regularly so that they aren’t greasy and make your skin oilier.

3) Stress

Both emotional and physical stress triggers the fight-or-flight responses in your body, which leads to an oil overproduction due to the hormonal surge. Try meditation or yoga to reduce your stress.

4) Refined carbohydrates

Foods like white bread, white rice, and other refined carbohydrates have a high glycemic index, which can cause acne and higher oil production in the skin. Eat more of oats, whole grains, and non-starchy vegetables.

5) Makeup

Layers of makeup trap oil and make your skin cakey, causing oily skin. Moreover, using products that are not suited for your skin type can also lead to excessive oil secretion. So, try using oil-free products and cleansers for your skin.

6) Hot water for your face

Avoid using hot water for washing your face as it dries your skin out, leading to compensation with increased production of oil. Instead, use warm or room temperature water to wash your face.

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