There can be various reasons behind your oily forehead. The first and most important reason you may have to consider is genetics. If oily skin runs in your family then there isn’t much you can do about it, except keeping your skin maintained so that its oil production is kept in check.
Other reasons could include puberty, using products with harsh chemicals, hair style products leaking onto your forehead (especially if you have fringes), your lifestyle, stress and even your diet. While the reasons are plenty, we will focus only on the ones that can remedy your situation if it’s superficial (i.e. not based on genes, poor diet or lifestyle).
So Here’s How You Can Get Rid of an Oily Forehead
You need to begin by taking care of your skin. And that means having a daily skin care ritual. What should it consist of?
First things first.
Whenever you purchase any product for your skin, make sure never to purchase ones marked explicitly for oily skin. They are very harsh and while they remove oil from your skin temporarily, they make your skin feel dry too. And the drier your skin feels, the more your skin produces sebum, the product responsible for oil on your forehead. Whenever possible, purchase fragrance free products because often the chemicals used to add fragrances in products lead to the production of more sebum from your skin.
1. Washing Your Face
Buy a gentle cleanser that you can use daily, one which doesn’t dry your skin. Use it twice a day – in the morning and before going to bed. If you have pimples or acne, then look for Vit A in your beauty products.
Since you’re going to do this daily, purchase a scrub for dry or sensitive skin so that while it is strong enough to get rid of dirt and dead cells from your skin, it is gentle enough not to strip your skin of its moisture and hydration.
Always opt for the non-alcoholic variety. The ones with alcohol in them absorb a lot of moisture from your skin, and that is exactly what we’re not looking for. Sprays or pads work equally well. IF you’re wary, you can use a DIY astringent.
This might sound contradictory because you have oily skin, but it is an important step. After cleaning and scrubbing your skin, your skin needs to be nourished. Opt for a water-based moisturizer that gives you a matte/non-oily finish. Massage it on your skin till it’s fully absorbed. Do so twice a day.
Natural Remedies to Keep an Oily Forehead in Check
Now that you know everything that you need to do on a daily basis, here are certain remedies that will help with your oily forehead problems:
Apart from absorbing excessive oil from your skin and acting as a natural scrub, oatmeal also reduces any redness, itching and inflamed patches you may be experiencing on your skin. All you have to do is mix it with yogurt, honey or mashed papaya to make a paste. You can apply it as a face pack or use it as a scrub!
2. Strawberry Face Pack
They are excellent for you because they:
- have a high content of salicylic acid (good for acne)
- are rich in alpha-hydroxylic acid (gets rid of dead skin cells)
- are natural astringents (control oil production)
Literally all you have to do is mash a couple of strawberries together, add a tsp. of yogurt to it and apply this mixture on your face for 15-20 minutes.
3. Banana Face Pack
Apart from controlling your oil production, bananas also help fight skin problems, such as combating wrinkles, removing pimples, dullness of skin, etc. And the Potassium, Iron, Zinc and Vitamins A, B, C, E present in it ensure that your skin is never in need for any other source of nutrition! Simply mash a ripe banana and apply it on your face for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Almonds are rich in Vit E and antioxidants, which not only nourish your skin but also helps your skin fight the negative effects of free radicals, which are responsible for acne, blackheads and even white heads. Just take a handful of almonds, grind them, add a tsp. of honey to it and apply this mixture on your face.
While the acids present in tomatoes help absorb excess skin oils, the salicylic acid in them is a known remedy for acne. You can either simply slice a tomato in half and rub it on your face for a few minutes, or add some sugar to it to make a homemade scrub.
6. Citrus Fruits
Lemons and oranges are the most popular citrus fruits, and both of them are excellent for an oily forehead. While lemon acts as a natural bleaching agent, the Vit C in oranges is a powerhouse of nutrition. And the best part is that both control your oil production like no other natural fruit. Use them both on your skin directly like you would use a tomato slice. Rub, rub, rub all your oil away!
7. Apple Slices
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and looks like it also keeps oily foreheads at bay too! Most of us aren’t aware that apples have mild antiseptic, astringent, and soothing properties, which when combined with the malic acid present in them, makes them an excellent choice for oil control.
Simply grate one apply, mash the grated pieces and let it remain on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.