If you suffer from oily skin, you may in the market for trying anything to reduce the shine. Oily skin is all about over enthusiastic sebaceous glands that release sebum out on to the surface of the skin.
However, thanks to AcneEinstein, here’s some ways of reducing the oiliness. Give them a go – and good luck!
- Green tea is perhaps the best one I know. In one study green tea lotion reduced sebum production by 70% after 8 weeks of use, see the green tea and acne page for more info. Unfortunately this study hasn’t been replicated, and that’s why we can’t say for sure yet.
- Fatty acids. Quick search found several fatty acids that inhibit 5-alpha reductase. The most potent are gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) (found in evening primrose oil and many seed oils), alpha-linolenic acid (omega 3) and that lauric acid (in coconut oil) and oleic acid (in olive oil). Though many of these need to be confirmed by good quality human studies.
- Certain minerals can inhibit the enzyme. We have best evidence for zinc (addition of vitamin B6 and azelaic acid can increase inhibitory power). Other minerals that show promise are cadmium and copper.
- Saw palmetto. There’s a lot of talk about saw palmetto at hair loss forums. It’s also been found moderately effective in a handful of studies. Hair loss is also linked to DHT and 5-alpha reductase, so what helps with hair loss could help with acne also.
For topical control, try Carita Ideal Controle Powder Serum which is a real radiance-purifying activator. Sérum Poudré is a matifying concentrate designed for combination to oily skin. The targeted action of the sebo-control complex regulates excess sebum, minimises pores, refines the skin’s texture and alleviates imperfections.
Actions & Results:
This fresh and aqueous, non-oily gel with a soft and powdery finish creates a velvety effect on the skin and a perfect matte appearance.Day after day, the skin’s balance and vitality are restored, leaving it radiant with new energy.
How to use:
Apply a few drops to your thoroughly cleansed face and neck, morning and evening, before the cream for an enhanced action.