Oily skin is defined as the skin type which secretes more sebum than the usual amount from the sebaceous glands which leads to the excessive release of oil. This accumulated oil in the skin results in stubborn skin problems like black heads, white heads, acne, and large pore openings.
Maintaining an oily skin in the Indian tropical climate can be a Herculean task and if you happen to live in the humid parts and the coastal regions of the country, the upkeep of a healthy and a glowing looking skin can become a nightmare. The T-zones usually turn into an oil reservoir in the morning and the moment you step out of the house, your face attracts extra dirt and pollution like a magnet.
Indians with oily skin usually face the maximum wrath of the hot and sultry weather in the summers as with every outing that you have in the sun, you might come back home with pimples and acne issues. Keeping a skin oil-free can be quite a hassle in the summers as not only do you have to follow a day routine to keep extra oil and dirt at bay from your skin while you are out in the sun but have to also follow a strict night skin care routine to make sure that you treat your skin to recover from the day’s damage at the night.
We often end up spending thousands of rupees in cosmetic treatments and other beauty and skin care products to keep our skin appear healthy and glowing. Bi-monthly facial appointments, bleaches and spa treatments are the usual practices of both men and women to treat aces, blackheads, whiteheads and enlarged pores. But what we seldom forget is to make a switch to healthier foods to keep the pimples at bay.
Several foods are proven to combat the evils of oily skin and drive away the woes of oily skin. Though tough to deal with, oily skin can be treated with a minimal skin routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing, and by making a small change in the quantity and the way in which we provide nutrition to our bodies. Mentioned below are a few healthy food alternatives which we should include in our diet to have a healthy skin:
Hydration is the key to maintain good and healthy skin and since cucumbers are 95.23% water, water is the main constituent of cucumbers. Apart from the water content, cucumbers have high amounts of antioxidants in them which form the basic necessity for good skin. The water in the cucumbers helps to flush out the toxic substances from your body and aids in the proper and ample secretion of the essential hormones in the body. These hormones contribute in keeping the sebaceous glands and the secretion of sebum in check. Additionally, cucumbers are anti-inflammatory in nature which also helps prevent acnes and the enlarging of pores in the skin.
2. Whole Grains and Fibrous Foods:
Including whole grains like oats, millets, barley, brown rice and corns in your diet is sure to improve your digestive capabilities. These foods drive out toxins from your body aiding in the upkeep of healthy hair and skin along with an overall maintenance of good health. Whole grains are provide better nutrition to our body than processed carbohydrate foods which have visible results on your skin by enhancing the texture of your skin and its complexion by eradicating pigmentation from your face. Choosing minimally processed food or whole grain foods help to combat inflammatory-related harm to your skin. For example, you should imbibe the positive habit of making a switch from white breads to whole grain breads or opt for whole grain buckwheat the next time you go to the supermarket for your groceries.
Fibrous foods abate constipation and other digestion related problems which often leads to imbalances in the body and are thus major contributors to pimples, acnes, clogged pores and other skin problems. The way to a healthy skin is through a healthy stomach. Your digestive issues might at times bear visibility in your face through pimples and acnes. Consuming foods like wheat germ, which is rich in a B-Vitamin named Biotin, enhances the processing of fats in the body and is particularly helpful for those who possess low levels of Biotin in their body, evident through the skin becoming dry, itchy and flaky.
Green vegetables like spinach, broccoli and kale aid in clearing your complexion and in keeping the oil production in your skin in strict check. Spinach too is rich in water like cucumber and in helps in the hydration of the body and the skin. One cup of spinach may have up to 164 grams of water and is also rich in fiber which will help in flushing out the toxins from the body. If not properly hydrated, the skin may become dry, dehydrated, taut and scaly resulting in the sebaceous glands putting in extra effort to keep off the dryness, thus contributing in the production of the extra oil on your face.
On the other hand, broccoli is rich in the minerals of Vitamin C, Magnesium and Vitamin A, all of which help to fight off blocked pores in the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties in the broccoli helps soothe the skin and keep it well nourished by bringing down the production of oil in the skin; thereby controlling acne and pimples.
Rich in Vitamin C, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, manganese and calcium, coconut water is a great inhibitor of acne and blemishes. Coconut water is especially helpful in summers to maintain the body temperature and in the upkeep of clear and supple skin without a trace of breakouts, acne and blemishes on the face.
5. Lentils and Pulses:
Lentils and pulses are great sources of proteins for our body and should be consumed daily in just the appropriate amounts for a well-balanced diet. In addition to providing the necessary amounts of proteins to our bodies, both lentils and pulses contain amino acids. Amino acids do not yield sugar after breaking down in our digestive system, the latter being a sizeable contributor in the secretion of oil by the sebaceous glands in our bodies. Thus, lentils and pulses bring down the oil production in the body, ultimately fostering good hair and great skin.
While it is important to keep a tab on the portions of healthy foods, it is equally important to avoid those kinds of foods that help in increasing the oil production in your skin and degrade the overall quality of the skin. The foods to avoid for oily skin include dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, inflammatory fats (trans fat and saturated fats), added sugar and salt, salty and sweet snacks, oily and fatty meats and spicy foods, all of which contribute to a greater imbalance in health and in the generation of oil in your body