Oily skin occurs when the sebaceous glands produce too much oil, giving skin a shiny appearance and a sticky feel. The causes of oily skin include heredity, hormone levels, pregnancy, birth control pills, humidity and hot weather and the type of cosmetics you use. The good news is there are ways to help the face produce less oil.

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Stop irritating the skin on your face. Don’t wash your face more than two or three times a day. Use a gentle soap or cleanser like Dove or Cetaphil. Don’t use harsh toners. Use only products without alcohol. Keep your hands away from your face.

Use clay-based products on your face. Clay soaks up oil and clears pores. It can help your face produce less oil. Try Dermologica’s Dermal Clay Cleanser, L’Occitane’s Face Scrub Mud or Ulta’s Detoxifying Mud Mask.

Eat foods that are high in B vitamins. A slight B-vitamin deficiency can cause oily skin, so increase your consumption of whole grains, beans, nuts and organ meats. Or take one to to tablespoons of brewer’s yeast a day. Brewer’s yeast is available in powder, flake, liquid or tablet form. Take the tablets or add the brewer’s yeast to food or orange juice.

Increase your intake of fruits and green leafy vegetables, while avoiding refined sugar, animal fats and heated oils. A vegetarian diet may benefit oily skin.

Get proper sleep. Not getting enough sleep will cause your skin to be more oily.

Drink plenty of water. You want to keep your skin hydrated and your body flushed of toxins. Regular exercise will also help the body eliminate toxins.

Try herbal remedies. Burdock root, chamomile, oat straw and thyme are all recommended to treat oily skin. All can be taken as a tea.

See a dermatologist. He may prescribe medications or recommend lifestyle changes to reduce oiliness and help with any associated acne or blackheads.