Oily hair and skin is a problem that can really put you in a sticky situation. It is perhaps one of the most frustrating things to deal with and fix. The amount of oil your body produces is a result of hormones. Even if you cannot fix your hormones, you can take steps to fix the oil causing problems on your skin and hair.
First off, what causes the excess oil to be produced?
Sebum is the problem. Sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands. When your body produces excess sebum, your sebaceous glands are working overtime. Typically what causes this is the male hormone, androgens. This hormone is present in both men and women. When more androgens are present, more sebum is produced through your pores.
Next, and especially if you are well past puberty, those sebaceous glands can still be excreting at higher than you prefer levels. This can be the result of genetics, heat, humidity, poor eating habits, using low quality skincare products, stress and sometimes medications.
Prevent and Treat at The Same Time
In a perfect world, you would be able to treat your oily skin and hair while preventing future secretion of sebum. This isn’t totally impossible. There are steps you can simultaneously to achieve both. For instance:
- Avoid touching your hair and face
- Avoid eating foods high in fat and sugar. Instead, grab foods that contain omega fatty acids and vitamin B6.
- Be sure to wash your face first thing in the morning and before bed. Also, don’t skip the face wash after exercising.
- Avoid using soap with fragrance, added moisturizer and harsh chemicals.
- Added medicated acne treatments that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, beta-hydroxy acid or benzoyl peroxide if all else fails.
- Try using a natural tone, such as witch hazel.
- Try using aloe vera as a moisturizer.
- Opt for water-based makeup or go all natural instead.
How Do I Treat My Oily Hair?
Washing your hair is necessary, but the key to keeping it a little less oily is to not over do it. Basically, the more often you wash, the more oil is produced. Washing your hair means stripping your scalp of its natural oil and causing an overproduction of oil for the means of rehydrating the scalp.
You can begin by washing your hair every other day and then continue to decrease the amount of times you wash your hair so you are doing it as little as often. Next, be sure you are using your conditioner correctly. Conditioner should only be applied to the ends of the hair shaft. Shampoo is really meant for the scalp as well.
Once you have managed to slow down on the amount of hair washing you do, be careful with the products you use in between washing. Dry shampoo is great and very trendy right now. However, keep in mind that you can overdo it with dry shampoo too. When you use too much dry shampoo you are building up more product on your scalp, thus causing more oil to be produced.
Another thing to focus on is your hair brush. Your hair brush is home to lots of aged products and dead skin. Gross. Keep your hair brush clean and do it often. You may also consider getting a new brush, one that is made with boar bristles. This type of material helps reduce the amount of oil by picking up the grease from your roots and redistributing it.
If you are currently dealing with a lot of build up, you can take a natural approach to eliminate it. You want to apply apple cider vinegar to your scalp and let it sit a few minutes before washing your hair. This will reduce the buildup and balance out the pH of your scalp. After letting it sit on your scalp, wash your hair as you would normally do with shampoo and conditioner.
Lastly, stay away from products with certain claims. Avoid products that announce “shine-enhancing” or “anti-frizz.” These products typically are laced with oil and will just weigh your hair down even more.
Oily hair and skin does not have to weigh you down. Instead, you can create new healthy habits all around to make your skin glowing and your hair soft and bouncy. It might take a combination of items from the list to get the oil production down to just the right amount, but there are definitely lots of things you can try out.