Oily skin is the result of the sebaceous glands producing too much sebum, which is a light yellow, oily fluid that is responsible of keeping the hair and skin mosturized.
The sebaceous glands enlarge during adolescence, causing them to produce more sebum and leading to oiler skin. When sebum gets trapped in the pores, acne can develop. Usually, sebum production declines after age 20, meaning that people who were prone to oily skin and acne when younger often find that it clears up naturally.
However, excess sebum production can continue. Indeed, some people may find their skin goes through periods of being oily and periods of being dry, depending on the levels of sebum production at any given time.
Fortunately, oily skin can be treated with most mud and clay masks as they all tend to balance the skin’s moisture content. Pink French clay, as pictured here, is great for removing oil while restoring your skin’s moisture content. Pink clay is widely available online and in pharmacies and is cost-effective as a bag or tub will last a long time.
The following mud mask is a great way to treat oily skin. If your skin is persistently oily, use it up to twice a week. Otherwise, try alternating this mask with another one such as an anti-ageing mask or revitalising mask.
Mud Mask for oily skin
- Mix together all the ingredients until they form a smooth paste.
- Add a little water or more pink clay to adjust the thickness of the paste, as required.