Having slightly oily skin can be a boon later in life, as it has the tendency to reduce wrinkles that might appear on your face – that factor is hardly a consolation, however, for those who have to deal with the multitude of associated downsides on a daily basis.

While it’s true that there might not be many ways to control your skin from producing an excess of oil, there are, thankfully, several ways to address the issue you can implement right at home.

Here’s a look at how you can control that oily skin, along with what causes it and why lettin’ it sit there ‘au naturel’ might not be the best approach.

What Causes Oily Skin?

In human skin, there are glands called sebaceous glands, which secrete an oily or wax-like substance to keep you lubricated. Unfortunately for some people, these glands can become overactive, which can, in turn, cause a host of symptoms and effects, ranging from minor to more serious:

  • Overly shiny/thick complexion
  • Acne/blackheads
  • Blemishes
  • Enlarged pores
  • Sebaceous cysts

And then there’s the fact that oily skin can, in some cases, just feel uncomfortable and make looking your best difficult. While the potential causes of those overactive sebaceous glands are numerous—genetics, hormonal imbalances, stress, diet, temperature, etc.—the specific cause is often secondary to the fact that you want to get your oily skin issues under control. For that, there are numerous strategies you might employ.

How to Deal With Oily Skin

The general idea behind dealing with oily skin is to take care with how often you wash it, be gentle when you do, refrain from picking at/popping pimples, and use skin care products that won’t clog your pores. In addition to this, there are also some specific techniques you should keep in mind to help you maneuver thru it properly.

You should keep your face clean. Washing twice a day is recommended, with a focus on using cool water, avoiding harsh soaps, and going for gentler products (in terms of ingredients). If you’re looking to go as natural as possible here, a popular home blend of honey (a known antiseptic/antibacterial and natural moisturizer), lemon juice, water and rolled oats does a particularly great job at preventing oily build-up on the skin.

Choosing the right moisturizers is also key. It’s important to find gentle but effective products, such as Bevel Restoring Balm, that will moisturize the skin without oiling it up excessively. Remember not to forego moisturizer altogether: While it might seem counterintuitive, oily-prone skin that is also dry will produce even more oil than usual, worsening the problem.

You should also get into the habit of watching what you eat. The proverbial “axis of evil” when it comes to those with a tendency toward oily skin is bread, refined sugars and processed food. Instead, you should center your diet around lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and essential fats. Keep the use of oil in cooking to a minimum, and try to supplement important vitamins B2 and A to keep your skin in good condition.

Keep the remedies you need on hand, start making those tiny changes in your lifestyle, and you should be able to get a handle on oily skin woes.