If you struggle with oily skin, you’ll know how difficult it can be to manage it. So here are some of our tips and hints on what could help.
What is oily skin?
Those with an oily skin type will generally suffer from a shiny complexion because the sebaceous glands will produce more oils than needed. You may also suffer from breakouts, blackheads and open pores.
Oily skin is most commonly a result of hormonal changes, however diet, weather and cosmetics you use could also have an impact.
How diet affects oily skin
Diet – what you should and shouldn’t eat – can have an impact on how much oil your skin produces.
Foods to avoid
- Dairy products – Dairy products like milk and cheese can be bad for you, especially if you have an oily skin type. This is supposedly because they cause hormonal imbalances, which lead to blocked pores resulting in breakouts.
- Fatty meats – Avoiding meats such as lamb, pork and beef, which are high in saturated fats, can also help to combat oily skin conditions. Saturated fats are unhealthy because they increase the amount of sebum produced, which lead to inflammation, resulting in inflamed pores, blemished and acne-prone skin.
- Sugar – Consuming high amounts of sugar not only has an impact on your overall health but on your skin too. Also consuming added sugars such as honey, corn syrup and sugar cane, has an adverse effect on your glycemic index, which triggers hormonal imbalances and raised blood sugar levels. This, in turn, leads to excess sebum production.
- Salts – Eating foods like potato chips and crisps, which are high in sodium, can also affect oily skin. Salty foods like these are high in trans-fats, which contain inflammatory properties leading to potentially increased production of oils on the skin.
Foods to eat
Foods that are rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins are ideal for oily skins.
- High fiber foods – Fiber flushes out toxins from the body and skin, as well as absorbs essential nutrients. Consuming foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, corn, lentils, blueberries and citrus fruits such as mandarin and lemon, will keep your skin feeling supple and healthy.
- Water – Although water isn’t a food, drinking plenty of it will help your skin stay nourished and hydrated, making you less likely to break out; thus reducing the amount of oil your pores produce. The recommended amount of daily water intake is about eight to ten glasses.
- Cucumbers – Cucumbers are a food rich in antioxidants, which will keep your skin hydrated and looking fresh and toned. They are also made of 95 percent water.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids – You might see the words fatty acids and think you have to avoid them. However, eating Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties, will reduce the amount of oils produced by your pores. Salmon, avocado, nuts and soya beans all contain high amounts of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are healthy fats that are safe to consume.
Beauty products to avoid
As well as changing your dietary habits, avoiding certain types of beauty and skincare products can be beneficial for your skin.
Especially for oily skin, it’s recommended that you cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin daily and use a mild exfoliator once a week.
If you have oily skin, it may seem like the best skincare products to use are ones that dry your skin out. However, using such products can trigger your pores and glands to produce more oils.
Avoid using harsh products like soaps as they cause an imbalance to the skin’s pH level leading to dry and dehydrated skin, triggering the release of more oils from your pores.
Oils can still be good
A common myth when having oily skin is that you can’t use oil-based products, however, you still can. There are some oils that are better for oily skin than others.
Argan, Hemp Seed, Shea Butter and Sunflower oil have the lowest comedogenic ratings, which make them ideal for oily skin types.
By tweaking your diet, re-vamping your skincare routine and choosing the right beauty products, you can reduce the possibility of breakouts.