Oily skin has the oil producing glands overactive and producing more oil than is needed. Thus the oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look. Following Ayurveda care for oily skin and diet is beneficial to prevent it.
Oily skin could be due to heredity, hormone levels, diet, pregnancy, humidity, or due to the kind of cosmetics used. The excess oil secreted by the sebaceous glands is more during adolescence and decreases with age. But oily skin does not develop wrinkles or does not show signs of aging very early as in dry or normal skin types. With a little care, oily skin can appear naturally beautiful.
Ayurvedic skin care is specifically formulated according to the 3 ‘doshas’ or constitutions – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. People with Kapha type of skin are oily, soft and lubricating. They are large pores with proneness to acne.
Ayurvedic tips for managing oily skin
- Use hot water when washing your face.
- Oily skin needs special cleansing with plenty of hot water and soap to prevent the pores from being clogged
- When cleansing, massage your face well with your fingertips, using an upward and outward motion
- Choose your Ayurvedic cleanser with care. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or a lightly medicated soap. After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.
- Try using a clay or mud mask. Choose cosmetic and facial care products specifically designed for oily skin.
- Mix equal parts of lemon juice and water. Apply this mixture on the face and rinse it first with warm water and then followed by cold water.
- Exercise regularly
Diet for Oily Skin
- Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated and flush out toxins.
- Do not drink soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Avoid sugar, chocolate, and junk food.
- Do not cook with oil. Reduce the amount of fat in your diet . Avoid pork and fried and highly seasoned foods
- Even a slight deficiency in vitamin B2 can cause oily skin. Take B2 rich foods like are whole grains, beans, nuts etc……..
- Take plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits
- Take a diet rich in proteins but restrict sugar rich food
- Include ginger, pepper, and long pepper in your diet.