Ayurvedic care for oily skin
Causes of oily skin
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 increased secretion of oil from oil glands of the skin. Contraceptive pills and cosmetics also tend to increase the oil secretion.
Humidity and hot weather naturally increase oil secretion. The excess oil, which oozes out gives the skin a greasy shine and the enlarged pores make the skin look coarse.
Ayurvedic description of oily skin
The qualities of skin are determined by tridoshas. The Dosha, which is dominant in a person, 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 the body, the pores get enlarged and acne or pimples start appearing.
The problems of oily skin:
1. Enlarged pores
3. Acne and pimples
4. Coarse pores
5. Dark skin due to excess oil
6. More prone to moist eczema
7. Fungal infections are common
Ayurvedic tips for managing oily skin:
1. Wash skin with plenty of warm water (2-3 times a day) and mild soap or herbal scrub to prevent clogging of pores.
2. Avoid using harsh chemicals to remove oil, as some amount of natural oil is needed to maintain the texture of skin.
3. Avoid too much washing of skin as it leads to overproduction of oil to compensate the loss.
4. Always use hot water to wash face as it dissolves clogged oil and also balances Kapha.
5. Use a moisturizer, free of oil.
6. Avoid sticky make up, which clogs the pores.
7. Apply half spoon of lemon juice mixed with half spoon of cucumber juice to face half an hour before taking bath.
8. To clear away excess oil, use a herbal pack containing herbs that normalize kapha and lessens excess oil secretion.
9. 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.
10. Avoid heavy, fried fatty food.
11. Avoid cheese and sugar rich desserts.
12. Consume light, well-spiced food as they balance kapha.
13. Avoid constipating foods.
14. Include ginger, pepper, and long pepper in your diet.
15. Exercise regularly.
16. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits.
17. Massaging the whole body with herbal oil rejuvenates the body and skin.
18. Use ayurvedic body cleansers, which expel body toxins.
19. Avoid excessive consumption of soft drinks, alcohol, tea, coffee and chocolates.