Hormonal imbalances in adolescence cause oily skin. This type of skin is common in teenagers. The oil secretion in skin increases during teen age and decreases as age advances. Hormonal imbalance may appear during pregnancy and menopause, which lead to increase secretion of oil from oil glands of skin. Contraceptive pills and cosmetics also tend to increase the oil secretion. Humidity and Hot weather naturally increase oil secretion from oil glands of skin. The oil producing glands of skin are overactive and produce more oil. The excess oil, which oozes out gives the skin a greasy shine and the enlarged pores make the skin look coarse.
The qualities of skin are determined by tridoshas. The Dosha, which is dominant in skin, determines the type and quality of the skin.
When Kapha dosha is dominant the skin will be oily, shiny and soft. The skin will have a glowing complexion. Wrinkles develop much later in life.
When Kapha dosha gets imbalanced in body and skin , skin pores get enlarged and acne pimples start appearing.
The problems of Oily skin:
Acne and pimples .
Dark skin due to excess oil.
More prone to moist eczema.
Fungal infections are common.
Ayurveda herbal natural tips for Oily skin condition.
Wash skin with plenty of warm water (2-3 times a day) and mild soap or herbal scrub to prevent clogging of pores.
Avoid using harsh chemicals to remove oil, as some amount of natural oil is needed to maintain the texture of skin.
Avoid too much washing of skin as it leads to overproduction of oil to compensate the loss.
Always use hot water to wash face as it dissolves clogged oil and also balances Kapha.
Use a moisturizer, free of oil.
Avoid sticky make up, which clogs the pores.
Apply half spoon of lemon juice mixed with half spoon of cucumber juice to face half an hour before taking bath.
To clear away excess oil, use herbal pack, which contains herbs that normalize kapha and lessens excess oil secretion.
Mix equal parts of lemon juice and water. Apply this mixture on face and rinse it first with warm water and then followed by cold water after it dries.
Avoid heavy, fried fatty food.
Avoid cheese and sugar rich deserts.
Consume light, well-spiced food as they balance kapha.
Avoid foods which cause constipation .
Include ginger, pepper, and long pepper in diet.
Take plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits.
Massaging whole body with herbal oil rejuvenates the body and skin.
Use aurvedic body cleansers, which expel body toxins.
Avoid excessive consumption of soft drinks, alcohol, tea, coffee and chocolates.
Face packs for oily skin
1. 2 teaspoons of honey mixed well in one egg white makes a very good face pack for oily skin. Apply this on face and wash it off with plain water after 10 minutes
2. Place thin slices of apple on face for 15 minutes.This removes excess oil from face.
3. mix neem leaves juice with corn flour in equal proportion. Add little water to make it thin. Apply this pack on oily skin and wash it off with cold water when it dries.
4. Prepare a scrub with green gram flour and dilute buttermilk. Scrub the face gently and wash it off with cold water. This removes dirt, dead skin and excess oil from oily skin
5.A mixture of fresh mint leaves’ juice, gram flour, lime juice and papaya pulp is a healthy face pack for oily skin.
6.Before applying a make up for oily skin dab your face with lime juice and wash it off after 5-6 minutes.
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