Tired Of Oily Skin, Acne or Blackheads? Smear Oil All Over Your Face!

oilsEver since I turned 13, my skin lost its peachy poreless texture that all kids seem to have, and decided to become not so peachy. Part of it is my genetics, part of it was puberty, part of it was my diet, but a huge part of it was the automatic response of wanting to fight against sebum, pimples and blackheads. All we see in TV commercials are oil-fighting products, skin-peeling agents and anti-bacterial soaps when it comes to the suggested “cures” for oily, blackhead and acne prone skin. Not to mention all the cosmetic products being recommended to hide (block) those pores. But like many health issues we’re collectively facing, we’re approaching this skin condition backwards. You’re skin doesn’t need to be fought against, no matter what its condition is. It’s like any other “zen” lesson really.“Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.” ― Eckhart Tolle

Learning to WORK WITH your skin, not fight against it, will make all the difference. 

If you’ve been struggling with oily, blackhead and/or acne prone skin for long, the mere thought of smearing oil all over your face may sound counterproductive. But a key thing to understand is that your skin actually produces oil because it NEEDS it to stay moisturized and healthy. Your body wouldn’t be naturally designed to produce a detrimental substance would it? Sure, some produce more oil than others, which can be bothersome, but it doesn’t change the fact that your skin wouldn’t be producing oil if it didn’t need it.

So what do you think happens when we strip our skin from its natural oils? It tries to compensate by producing more oil, which is often blocked from being released by all the tight and dried up skin caused by harsh chemical-based “acne-fighting” products. Perfect environment for the development of clogged pores, oily skin and pimples.

Instead of making your skin all confused, try nurturing it. Your skin thinks it needs more oil? Don’t take it away, give it some more! The basic concept of this approach is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and clogged your pores and treat dry areas, all while “reassuring” your skin that it doesn’t need to over-produce oil.

The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)

STEP 1. Choose your oil. I personally use coconut oil and it works great, but I have stumbled upon a website that suggests cleansing oils by skin type. Click HERE to check them out! (Avoid mineral oil) It is also recommended to mix castor oil with the oil of our choice.

Some suggestions in creating your blend of deep cleansing oil:

Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% carrier Oil. Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% carrier Oil. Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% carrier Oil.

STEP 2. Boil some water in a pot.

STEP 3. Apply the oil to your dry face and massage it into your skin in a circular motion for 1 to 5 minutes. Take your time on problem areas where blackheads tend to form (forehead, chin, and nose).

STEP 4. Now is the time to steam your face. Make a tent over your head with a towel and hang your head over the pot (not too close) for about 5 minutes. This will allow the oils to go deeper into your pores to dissolve impurities and hardened sebum. It also enhances the skin’s receptivity to the oil’s nutrients. You can also soak a washcloth in very warm water and apply it directly over your oily face. This is the most popular method, however I personally prefer the pot method. Choose what is more enjoyable for you.

STEP 5. (optional) When you are done steaming your face, massage your now steamed, oily skin again for another 5-10 seconds to work out any impurities from your pores. Steam again and repeat the process if you wish.

STEP 6. Remove the excess oil by scrubbing your face with a warm wet towel.

STEP 7. Close up your pores by splashing your face with cold water.

Your skin should now feel clean and smooth with no tightness at all! If any tightness is experienced, simply add a drop of the same oil to your face or apply your favorite natural moisturizer.

All the best remedies out there are the result of simply listening to the body. It will tell you what it needs and one thing is for sure: it doesn’t require a fight against nature, just work with it!

For more information, here’s a couple of links on the Oil Cleansing Method:

http://lizlauder.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Wash-Your-Face-Without-Soap

http://purifiedskincare.com/oil-cleansing-method/

http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/08/06/natural-skin-care-oil-cleansing-method/

http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/

 

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Easy to follow overnight acne remedies

Did you know that there are three overnight acne remedies that you can follow in order to treat that pesky pimple or acne? Yes, there are overnight acne remedies that you can do even right in the comfort of your own home! While it is true that there are a lot of overnight acne remedies that you can choose from, you can say goodbye to pesky acne with just these three:

1. Use of topical medication. One of the best choices for this is benzoyl peroxide. It cures acne and pimples effectively and pretty fast. What you need to do is buy benzoyl peroxide (these come in gels, lotions or cream forms), apply a certain amount on the inflamed acne and you will see a difference a few hours later. Now if you cannot find benzoyl peroxide, you may want to purchase an alternative in the form or azelaic or adapelene. The latter contains Vitamin A and can dry up that pesky acne. Adapelene is one of the effective overnight acne remedies suggested by skin doctors since using it causes flaking of the top layer of the acne.

2. Oatmeal and water. While everyone knows that eating oatmeal is good for the body (since it helps “attract” the unwanted fatty oils away from the body), it can also help “attract” the oil from your face. Akin to what it does in order to reduce the chances of heart attack, oatmeal on your face or on the inflamed skin or acne can also help “take away” all the oil that can trigger acne. This is one of the very easy to do overnight acne remedies especially since oatmeal is practically found in every cupboard across the world! What you just need to do is take a few spoonfuls of oatmeal (make sure that you do not use the sugary kind, just the plain type will do), mix it with water and place the mixture directly on your face. Pretty easy thing to do!

3. Honey. Better if it’s the unadulterated kind of honey. The more raw it is, the better! This is another one of those very easy to do and follow overnight acne remedies since you can practically buy honey everywhere. What you just need to do is apply the honey directly on your skin and see how the magic works after a few hours. Acne gone!

These three overnight acne remedies may sound too easy but really, they’re pretty effective!

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Need help with acne? Here’s how to save your skin

Acne is a type of skin disease that is usually because of too much sebum or oil in the skin’s pores. Having acne can be a pain – literally and literarily.  Acne can be itchy, painful and warm and having it on your skin can also be emotionally embarrassing for many.  If you need help with acne, here are some tips on how to save your skin. Read on.

1. What you first need to understand is that acne begins when your skin pores get clogged with too much sebum or facial oil.  Hence, you need to “unclog” your pores to keep them free from too much oil and to keep those pimples at bay. You can do this by using salicylic acid.  Salicylic acid is one of the effective tools against acne. It loosens the pores, softens the keratolytic (which, together with sebum, triggers the formation of acne) and then smoothens out your skin.  A quick reminder, though – if you do plan to use salicylic acid, you must use sunblock after in order to protect your skin.  Salicylic acid makes your skin and your pores pretty susceptible to UV rays so you need protection in the form of sunblock.

2. Kill the bacteria that triggers the formation of acne. You can do this by using products that contain a good amount of benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is very effective in addressing problems related to propionibacterium acnes. A lot of people who need help with acne use this regularly, truth be told. Benzoyl peroxide comes in gel, lotions, soap and cream forms. There are side effects in using benzoyl peroxide, though. Accordingly, it dries up the skin. Also, because it is basically a bactericide, research has shown that it can also bleach hair and fabric. Hence, take extra precautions if you use products that contain benzoyl peroxide.

3. The third thing you might want to consider especially if you need help with acne is to look and use treatments with sodium sulfacetamide as well as sulfure. Studies have shown that if you use at least 5 percent sulfur and at least 10 percent sodium sulfacetamide, this results in lesser acne. The good thing, too, is that there are only mild side effects to this. In the end, however, the best reminder for you to keep especially when you need help with acne is be patient, diligent and consistent. Remember that the bout against acne can be long-term but if you have these qualities, you can effectively keep acne at bay.

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