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Oily Skin and Nutrition Recommendations

Oily skin occurs when the sebaceous (oil-secreting) glands produce more oil than is needed for proper lubrication of the skin.

This excess oil can clog pores and cause blemishes. Oily skin is probably largely a matter of heredity, but it is known to be affected by factors such as diet, hormone levels, pregnancy, birth control pills, and the cosmetics you use. Humidity and hot weather also stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more oil.

Because skin tends to become drier with age, and because the hormonal shifts of adolescence, oily skin is common in teenagers, but it can occur at any age. Many people have skin that is oily in certain areas and dry or normal in others, a condition called combination skin. In general, the forehead, nose, chin, and upper back tend to be oilier than other areas.

Oily skin has its positive aspects. It is slow to develop age spots and discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles. It often does not freckle or turn red in the sun—on the contrary, it tans evenly and beautifully. On the negative side, oily skin is prone to “breakouts” well past adolescence and has a chronically shiny appearance, an oily or greasy feeling, and enlarged pores.

Although it is a common myth, oily skin does not actually cause acne. Although there is an association between the severity of acne and the amount of oil a person’s skin produces, not all people with oily skin develop acne.


Aloe vera has excellent healing properties; apply aloe vera gel topically, as directed on product label as needed

Drink plenty of quality water to keep the skin hydrated and to flush out toxins

Do not drink soft drinks or alcoholic beverages; avoid sugar, chocolate, and junk food

Keep your skin very clean; wash your face two or three times a day, but not more

Use hot water when washing your face; hot water dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water

Chose cosmetic and facial care products specifically designed for oily skin

Once or twice daily, mix equal parts of lemon juice and water; pat mixture on your face and allow it to dry, then rinse with warm water; follow with a cool-water rinse

Supplement your diet with one or more of the following nutrients:

Evening Primrose Oil—Supplies needed essential fatty acids; a good healer fro most skin disorders

Vitamin A—Necessary for healing and construction of new skin tissue

Beta Carotene—A precursor to vitamin A and also needed to heal and construct new skin tissue

Vitamin B Complex—B vitamins are important for good and healthy skin tone

Vitamin B12—Also important for healthy skin tone

Kelp—Supplies balanced minerals needed for good skin tone

Vitamin E—Protects against free radicals; use d-alpha-tocopherol form

Zinc—For tissue repair; enhances immunity response

For a more in-depth discussion of the causes of Oily Skin and its recommended nutritional treatment, consult Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, and James F. Balch, M.D.

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