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3 Simple Steps To Help You Get Rid Of Oily Skin

3 Simple Steps To Help You Get Rid Of Oily Skin

When the sebaceous glands in the skin produce excess sebum, it results in excess oil on the skin. If you take good care of your skin, you can have a glowing complexion, instead of a greasy one with large pores.

When the excess oil accumulating on the skin combines with pollutants, like dirt, the pores of the skin may get sealed and this often leads to the presence of skin irritations like whiteheads, blackheads, or even worse, painful pimples.

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    Genetics can be considered the primary cause of oily skin in some people, and dry or normal skin in others. But hormonal changes in the body due to puberty, pregnancy, birth control pills, or menopause can also trigger oily skin. Lifestyle choices, like diet or too much stress, can also be a cause of overactive sebaceous glands.

    Although this is quite a common problem that has simple remedies, many people turn to expensive, chemical-based skin care products that leave their skin inflamed and peeling. If you are plagued by oily skin and pimples, try out these 3 simple, but effective steps that are scientifically proven to help you get rid of your oily skin.

    1. Choose a Cleanser that Works for You

    To avoid blackheads and acne, it is vital that you keep your skin clean, especially if you have oily skin. But don’t think that just any cleanser will do the trick. [1]

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    Cleansers have specific ingredients that take care of different skin concerns. Choosing the wrong types of cleansers can actually be detrimental to your skin care. Look out for the following signs and choose your cleanser with care:

    Look For The Right Specialty Ingredients

    Even though it doesn’t have to dry out the skin or make it squeaky clean, your cleanser should not leave you with an oily feeling after the washing. Cleansers specifically intended for oily skin should remove the built up oil and, preferably, give an additional boost in fighting acne. Such cleansers are usually formulated with specialty ingredients like bentonite clay, which has oil-absorbing properties, alpine willowherb, and/or benzoyl peroxide, which can reduce oil production and fight bacteria.

    Consider Ingredient Strength

    Before choosing a cleanser, you need to consider just how oily your skin is. If your skin feels extremely dry or stretched after cleansing, then you need to use a cleanser with less harsh oil-removing ingredients. To remove excess oil from your skin, you need to strike a balance in how strong the ingredients need to be.

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    Additional Benefits

    The right facial cleanser makes your skin feel clean and bright and ready for the application of the next skin care step, whether it be a sunscreen or a night-time moisturizer. It is helpful if your cleanser has additional ingredients that benefit your skin. Cream-based cleansers with lavender or soothing chamomile can help retain the moisture on your facial skin while helping to cleanse the excess oil. Citric acid is another great addition in cleansers, as it is a natural skin brightener.

    2. Hydrate Your Skin

    According to Deniz Ataman, a Clarins skincare specialist and the managing editor for Perfumer and Flavorist Magazine, “Dehydration can stress glands to produce more oil.” She suggests using a clay mask on a regular basis to help hydrate the skin.[2]

    Leyda Elizabeth Bowes, MD, head of Bowes Dermatology in Miami, warns that using moisturizers with ceramides can lock in bacteria and lead to pimples. She recommends using moisturizers with hyaluronic acid instead, to keep the skin hydrated. This helps to prevent stressing out and overstimulating the sebaceous glands

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    3. Avoid Foods with Inflammatory Fats

    Saturated fats and trans fat are considered inflammatory fats that can cause oily skin to become inflamed and acne-ridden. A report published in “Lipids in Health and Disease” reveals that Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties and acne is rare in populations that consume plenty of this good fat. [3]

    Fried foods, high-fat dairy, and fatty meats, like bacon and steaks, are high in saturated fat and are best avoided by those suffering from acne breakouts.[4] Commercially-made cookies, cakes, pies, and other processed foods that list hydrogenated vegetable oil as an ingredient, are high in trans fats that can inflame and irritate oily skin.

    Try to include more healthy fat alternatives in your diet, especially ones rich in omega-3s, such as flaxseeds, walnuts, and oily fishes, like salmon and mackerel.

    Conclusion

    Keep your oily skin clean using the right type of cleansers that contain the required specialty ingredients in the right strength. Ensure you hydrate your skin, using a good moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, rather than one with ceramides, which might actually inflame an oily skin.

    A healthy diet that includes plenty of omega-3 sources, like oily fishes and flax seeds, and avoids inflammatory fats will surely help clear up all that troublesome acne and give you the glowing smooth skin of your dreams.

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    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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