Natural and Alternative Remedies for Oily Skin

Excessively oily skin, or seborrhea, is often caused by increased hormone (androgen) levels.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Dandruff
  • Red, itchy scales
  • Skin eruptions
  • “Shiny” skin

RISK FACTORS

  • Birth control pills
  • Certain cosmetics
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Puberty

PREVALENCE

The adult form of adult seborrheic dermatitis affects about 5% of the population, according to NHI.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Doctors often prescribe topical medications to combat the skin inflammation, including medicated shampoos and lotions.

SELF TREATMENT

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disorder and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Anti-inflammatory foods
  • Bone broth
  • Fermented foods
  • GMO-free foods
  • High anti-oxidant foods
  • Vitamin-rich foods

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE

  • Any suspected allergen
  • Coffee
  • Dairy (has saturated fats and can be an allergen)
  • Fried foods
  • Gluten
  • Refined carbohydrates and sugars
  • Saturated fats
  • Wheat

TEAS, HERBS AND SPICES

  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Black currant seed
  • Borage
  • Cedarwood
  • Eucalyptus
  • Evening primrose
  • Jojoba
  • Lavender (dab a tiny amount directly on skin if it is a light oil)
  • Neem
  • Oregano
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Aloe Vera
  • Apple cider vinegar topically, for dandruff
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Probiotics
  • Supplement with any vitamins in which you are deficient.
  • Zinc

HYDRATION

Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. It is crucial for healthy skin. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. Exercise eases stress and helps to balance hormones. Balanced hormones will help reduce symptoms. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

SLEEP

Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies. Lack of sleep also affects stress levels, leading to hormone disruption. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to stay mellow. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Apply astringents after washing.
  • Apply coconut oil topically.
  • Clay masks
  • Ensure that your interior environment is neither too dry nor too humid.
  • Get plenty of Vitamin D with sunlight (stops yeast growth).
  • Keep skin clean and shampoo up to once a day if your hair is oily.  Warm/hot water may work better than cool water at dissolving oil.
  • Use a drying soap/
  • Use natural skin care products, including cosmetics and soaps.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Acupuncture can be effective at treating stress responses, which may exacerbate seborrhea.
  • Ayurveda (https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/seborrheic-dermatitis-ayurvedic-treatment-30547/post)
  • Chinese Medicine (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095754816301508)
  • Earthing can reduce inflammation (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/)
  • Homeopathy (https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/04a6/717b581d06c61c74142fe83ab02fd6af50b3.pdf)
  • Reflexology (http://www.modernreflexology.com/reflexology-massages-to-cure-skin-disorders/)
  • SCIO
  • Watercures.org

CAUTIONS

  • Excessive use of alcohol can be a trigger.
  • Immune challenges
  • Infections can be a trigger; check with your doctor
  • Latex may be an allergen for some people.
  • Other conditions like psoriasis or rosacea, may be mistaken for seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Some cosmetics may exacerbate the condition.
  • Some soaps and skin lotions may exacerbate the condition.

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Adequate hydration
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep

NOTE

On the bright side, oily skin tends to wrinkle less than normal or dry skin.

 

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