Healthy Diet for Oily Skin
Oily skin, medically known as seborrhea, occurs when your sebaceous gland overproduces the body's natural oils and can manifest in two ways. When the overproduced oil is secreted onto your skin, it leaves you with an oily sheen; this is the oily skin most people picture. But oily skin can appear as dry skin if clogged pores prevent the oils from reaching your skin's surface, notes Skin-Beauty. The best treatments for oily skin are pH-balancing cleansers, though some dietary changes may affect your body's oil production.
Drinking six to eight glasses of water each day can help keep your skin healthy and your pores clear, as well as lessen the oily appearance of your skin, advises Skin-Beauty. If you're looking for something with a bit more taste to it, you can swap those six to eight glasses of water with six to eight cups of herbal tea. Avoid caffeine-based drinks, such as sodas, energy drinks and coffees, that send your body into overdrive.
Skin-Beauty recommends a low-fat diet that features fresh fruit and vegetables that will keep your body healthy, and a healthy body is a balanced body, which produces less oil. Try to consume something of every color, ranging from red berries to dark green spinach to blueberries and plums.
Vitamins and Minerals
Some vitamins have a direct impact on your skin's appearance, reports Skin-Beauty. Vitamins A and B-6, for instance, can help reduce the appearance of oily skin. Lecithin, a mineral, can also be helpful in reducing oil production.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone recommends following an anti-inflammatory diet to control excess oiliness in your skin. Anti-inflammatory diets are designed to quiet an overactive immune system that produces more antibodies than necessary and constantly tries to remove toxins from your body. The anti-inflammatory diet balances carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and fat and encourages proper intake of vitamins and minerals. The anti-inflammatory diet also suggests consuming fish and fish oil, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids and can help balance your body's oil production.
Foods to Avoid
There are several foods you should avoid if you want to reduce the appearance of oily skin, advises Skin-Beauty. Skimp on--or completely skip--fried foods and processed foods, which usually contain high amounts of grease, as well as refined starches and sugars. You should also minimize your intake of animal and dairy fats, as the unhealthy fats can lead to excess oil production.
Unfortunately, your diet is only a minimal factor in whether or not you have oily skin, and modifying your diet may not make any changes at all. Genetics and hormones play a far larger part in whether you have oily skin, as well as how oily your skin appears, notes Medline Plus. While maintaining a healthy diet can help reduce the appearance of oily skin, it will do little good if your genetics predispose you to oily skin.
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