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Best Vitamins for Oily Skin

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Vitamin Supplements for Oily Skin
Skincare Ingredients for Oily Skin
Exfoliants for Oily Skin
Can Oils be Good for Oily Skin?
Essential Oils for Oily Skincare
Natural Remedies for Oily Skin that you may have at Home
Caring for Oily Skin

Having oily skin can mean that you get lost in a world of a million different products all promising to help control your shine and manage your sebum levels. It can be mindboggling knowing which products to choose as the best products for oily skin.

So here’s the Sönd guide to all the ingredients and vitamins that promise to be good for oily skin and a scientific look at whether they can actually work.

Vitamin Supplements for Oily Skin

You may be able to better manage your oily skin by taking a daily vitamin supplement. Give it a few months to see if you notice any difference - perseverance is key here!

Vitamin B for Oily Skin

There are many different types of B vitamin, but B6 and B12 are considered the best for helping to manage oily skin. Especially so if it’s caused by hormonal imbalances around the time of your period.

Vitamin C for Oily Skin

Using a vitamin C serum under your moisturiser could help to control your oily skin outbreaks as it helps to repair damaged or inflamed skin.

Vitamin C supports healthy skin in general by helping with the production of collagen and with wound healing. So making sure you get enough vitamin C in your diet or taking a daily supplement is always a good idea if you suffer with problem skin.

Vitamin D Oily Skin Cure?

The body produces vitamin D when sunlight hits the skin. As well as keeping the teeth and bones strong, vitamin D also helps to reduce the risk of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a precursor to type 2 diabetes but is also responsible for oily skin.

Many of us in the UK are thought to be deficient in vitamin D, especially during the winter when sunlight levels are low. So taking a vitamin D supplement could help you in many ways, as well as helping your oily skin.

Vitamin E for oily skin

Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant vitamin that is great for dry skin, but not so for oily skin since it’s so moisturising. It’s best avoided if you have very oily skin.

Skincare Ingredients for Oily Skin

Aside from vitamin supplements and vitamin C serums for oily skin, there are numerous ingredients that appear in skincare products in supermarkets and pharmacies.

Hyaluronic Acid for Oily Skin

Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin, leaving it feeling plump and refreshed. It’s great for using after products such as astringents that you’ve used to strip away excess oil and tighten enlarged pores.

It won’t cause the skin to feel oily like some moisturisers, and will help to hydrate the skin without causing excess sebum production.

Calendula for Oily Skin

Calendula is a type of botanical, extracted from the flowers of the marigold plant. It’s a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent used in natural skin healing preparations.

It could also help to control your oily skin as it has been shown to help control sebumproduction in acne prone skin. The science is sketchy, but since this is a natural product it could be worth trying on your skin to see what effect it has.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Oily Skin

Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is in many of our homes. We use it for cooking and for sprinkling on our chips. But it could also help to control oily skin – if you can get past the smell.

It’s very astringent, which means that it helps to cleanse the skin of oil and tighten large pores. Enlarged pores tend to produce more sebum, so by shrinking them, you’re reducing the amount of oily sebum the skin can produce.

As it’s so astringent, mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water and either spritz over the face or wipe over your skin with a cotton wool pad.

Witch Hazel for Oily Acne Prone Skin

Like apple cider vinegar, with hazel is an astringent. Using it as a toner can help to mattify the skin.

Rose Water Benefits for Oily Skin

The smell of rosewater might remind you of your nan but this traditional remedy helps to control excess oil in the skin.

It also helps to cool the skin, reduce inflammation, unclog pores and reduce the size of the pores. So ask nan where she gets hers from, and follow suit!

Aloe Vera Toner for Oily Skin

Aloe vera gel is used to help soothe burnt or irritated skin but it can also be a saviour for oily skin too. It has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, meaning that it can help oily skin, especially oily skin that’s prone to acne breakouts and spots.

It does this because it moisturises the skin whilst still being high in hydrating water which doesn’t block the pores. Blocked pores produce more sebum as the pores struggle to clear the dead skin cells that are blocking them.

Exfoliants for Oily Skin

Exfoliating means using a product that helps to remove dead skin cells and other cellular debris away from the surface of the skin. It leaves the skin feeling brighter and smoother, but can also help to control excess oil.

The trick is to not exfoliate more than once or perhaps twice a week. Exfoliating too much could cause the skin to produce excess sebum to compensate for the potential drying effects of exfoliating.

Products containing glycolic acid and salicylic acid are good exfoliants for oily skin.

Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy fruit acid that lifts dead skin cells from deep within the pores. It also clears away excess oil which helps to prevent clogged pores and resulting spots and breakouts.

Salicylic acid is a gentle product that removes dead skin cells and excess oil without causing irritation.

Use both products sparingly if you have very oily skin, to strike the balance between removing oil and debris from the skin, and not forcing the pores to produce excess sebum.

If you’re looking or a more natural scrub for oily skin, try using an apricot scrub or a scrub made using coffee grounds. Again, only use these once a week to avoid your skin going into oil production overdrive.

Can Oils be Good for Oily Skin?

It might feel counterintuitive using oils to help control oily skin. But some oils can actually help nourish and mattify oily skin.

Jojoba oil is a very light oil that is very similar in structure to the sebum that the skin naturally produces. Oily skin occurs as a result of too much sebum being produced.

Applying jojoba oil to the skin makes the skin think it’s produced enough sebum, and will therefore reduce its production. Which is excellent for oily skin!

Other oils that are lightweight and good for people with oily skin are Argan and rosehip oils. They both gently moisturise whilst not overloading the pores.

Rosehip oil is high in natural fatty acids called linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These fatty acids help to nourish and support oily skin. Evening primrose oil and hemp seed oil are also rich in these fatty acids and are good for oily skin.

On the other hand, oils with a high concentration of a natural fatty acid called oleic acid are not recommended for oily skin. This means that coconut oil, olive oil and sunflower oil are out. They will overload the skin with oil.

Almond oil is a non-comedogenic oil, which means that it won’t block the pores. But it’s best used on dry skin, rather than oil skin as it can be very moisturising.

Essential Oils for Oily Skincare

Some essential oils that you may use in the bath or in an oil burner can also help to control oily skin conditions.

Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial properties, making it useful for people with acne prone skin as it naturally kills the bacteria responsible for many causes of acne.

For those of us with oily skin, tea tree oil can still help as it helps to clear blocked pores. Blocked pores tend to overcompensate and produce more sebum, leading to oilier skin. The clearer the pores, the better for more manageable sebum production.

Lavender and eucalyptus oils can have the same benefits.

Although peppermint oil can be beneficial for people with spots or acne prone skin, it’s one of the best supplements for eczema and is better left for dry skin conditions such as itchy eczema, rather than oily skin. Never apply essential oils directly to problem skin as they can irritate. Instead add a few drops to a carrier oil such as jojoba oil.

Natural Remedies for Oily Skin that you may have at Home

Aside from shop bought dedicated skincare products that you can apply to the skin, there are treatments and remedies that you can use to help support oily skin, using products you may already have at home.

1. Steam for Oily Skin

Steaming your skin by holding your face over a bowl of hot water with a towel over your head is great for opening the pores and clearing them of dead skin cells and dirt, but most importantly, of excess oil.

Using a steam bath can also help kill the bacteria that leads to acne breakouts. Only use warm to hot water, not boiling water and if your skin begins to feel irritated, stop.

2. Is Honey Good for Oily Skin?

Honey has natural antibacterial properties that can help acne prone skin, but it’s also a known humectant. This means that is draws moisture from the atmosphere into the skin, helping to hydrate it, without making it oily.

Use a thin layer of honey as a mask once a week to soothe and hydrate oily skin.

3. Avocado Mask for Oily Skin

If you can stand to use an avocado for anything other than eating, then mashing one up and applying it as a face mask is said to not only soothe the skin, but remove excess oil. We can’t vouch for this but it could be the perfect way to use up over ripe avocados!

4. Is Green Tea Good for Oily Skin?

Green tea contains a natural chemical called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG has an antioxidant effect which is great for all types of skin but it can also block the action of the male hormone, or androgen, DHT, a precursor to testosterone.

An excess of androgens can cause oily skin, so using green tea extract on your skin can help to reduce oiliness.

5. Milk of Magnesia Primer for Oily Skin

Usually used as an indigestion remedy, milk of magnesia contains a chalky substance which is effective at removing excess oil from the skin.

It’s usually found in liquid form, so use it on a cotton wool pad as a toner before you moisturise.

6. Oats for Oily Skin

Oat masks are excellent for absorbing excess oil from oily skin. This is because oats contain a substance called beta glucans that allow oats to hold water, making them ideal for applying to the face as a relaxing mask to allow the skin to absorb the water content. This helps to cleanse and hydrate without leaving the skin feeling oily.

Mix enough oats with warm water to make a thick paste and apply it to the skin for 15 minutes. Add honey and / or yoghurt for an extra indulgent skin treat.

Yoghurt is high in zinc which acts as a gentle astringent to rid the skin of excess oil. Only ever use natural, unsweetened, unflavoured yoghurt.

Caring for Oily Skin

We hope this guide to vitamins and skincare ingredients for oily skin has been helpful. We suggest you take it with you and look for products that contain the beneficial products we’ve mentioned here. Hopefully now you can go shopping armed with all this information and look for the products that you think might suit your oily skin best.

It’s going to be a case of trial and error, not least because everyone’s skin is uniquely different and will depend on the cause of your oily skin.

We wish you all the best!

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Hannah de Gruchy BSc(Hons)

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Hannah de Gruchy is a freelancer writer who specialises in health and wellness. She has a keen interest in the biology of skin and loves using her words to help separate the real science of skincare from the pseudoscience of some skincare brands. Hannah has a degree in Human Biology and many years’ experience working in laboratories around London. Using this experience, Hannah enjoys turning complex science into interesting, engaging and easy to digest pieces to read. In her spare time, Hannah runs, practices yoga and loves cooking plant based foods.

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