The skin texture in males is much oilier with larger pores when compared to that of females. This makes a man’s skin more prone to acne and breakouts especially if it’s not taken care of well. As the pollution levels in the air and stress levels in your life keep escalating, your skin health seems to deteriorate with each passing day.
Rather than waiting and watching your skin becoming dull and greasy with an overload of pimples and scars, it’s high time that you get proactive about taking care of your skin. Here are 5 ways to get rid of excess oiliness that all men can follow as a part of their daily routine.
1. Cleanse Your Face With Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is wonderful for oily skin care. It contains malic acid that makes it antiseptic and antimicrobial in nature. It helps in removing excess oil and dirt from blocked pores thereby preventing acne from developing. All you need to do is mix 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar in 3 tablespoons of water in a clean bowl.
Dab a ball of cotton in it and apply it all over your face using upward strokes to cleanse the skin. Your skin will appear dry and with regular use, the number of breakouts will become remarkably low. This ACV face wash avoids the use of an additional toner as it has natural astringent properties too.1
2. Exfoliate With A Baking Soda And Honey Scrub
A scrub that not only cleanses but also balances the oil levels in your skin is the baking soda, honey, and lemon scrub. It combines the gentle cleansing properties of baking soda with antimicrobial properties of honey to fight acne. The lemon juice aids in keeping the oil under control on the face while acting as an astringent.2
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Apply the mixture with clean fingers all over the face in a circular motion.
- Rinse off with water after 2 minutes and pat dry with a towel.
3. Moisturize With Lavender And Sunflower Oil
Lavender essential oil is a powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal agent that has the ability to cleanse and protect skin. It should be used with a carrier like sunflower oil that has high linolenic acid which reduces breakouts and doesn’t clog pores, unlike many other oils. All you have to do is mix a tablespoon of the carrier oil with 2 drops of lavender essential oil and apply it all over your clean face like a regular moisturizer.
4. Apply An Oatmeal And Yogurt Face Pack
A face pack should be applied at least once a week to get rid of blackheads, dead cells and dirt from your skin. A blend of oats and yogurt is ideal for men with oily skin. The saponins in oats give it its cleansing properties and lactic acid in yogurt reduces hyperpigmentation.
- 1 tablespoon of steel-cut oats
- 3 tablespoons of fresh yogurt
- Add both the oats and yogurt in a blender and blend well.
- Transfer the mix to a bowl and apply it all over the face.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Apply twice a week for best results.
5. Massage With Sunflower Oil After Shaving
Make sure that you shave with great care so that you don’t aggravate breakouts and redness post-shaving. After shaving, massage your face especially the jawline with organic sunflower oil. Not only is it non-comedogenic but also has a 65.7% of linoleic acid.3
Researchers have found that acne-prone skin is deficient in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, and is high in oleic acid that thickens sebum and exacerbates acne. Sunflower oil has a neutral smell and light texture which makes it almost perfect for oily skin.
Go on and try these simple home remedies to care for your oily skin and you will be surprised at the way your skin health transforms. In addition to the above tips, make sure you eat a healthy diet, avoid processed foods and beverages, sleep well and drink plenty of water.
|↑1||Johnston, Carol S., and Cindy A. Gaas. “Vinegar: medicinal uses and antiglycemic effect.” Medscape General Medicine 8, no. 2 (2006): 61.|
|↑2||Drake, D. “Antibacterial activity of baking soda.” Compendium of continuing education in dentistry.(Jamesburg, NJ: 1995). Supplement 17, no. 19 (1996): S17-21.|
|↑3||Danby, Simon G., Tareq AlEnezi, Amani Sultan, Tina Lavender, John Chittock, Kirsty Brown, and Michael J. Cork. “Effect of olive and sunflower seed oil on the adult skin barrier: implications for neonatal skin care.” Pediatric dermatology 30, no. 1 (2013): 42-50.|