5 Foods Great For Oily Skin

Banana good for oily skin
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Having oily skin could very well be a high maintenance trait. Being careless with your diet could lead to a breakout of pimples and acne due to excess oil.

Oily skin is caused by sebum, an oily substance made of fats that helps protect and moisturize your skin and keeps your hair healthy. However, oily skin can be the result of the overproduction of this sebum from sebaceous glands, which are located beneath the skin’s surface.

 Luckily, some foods regulate the production of sebum, which can be essential/beneficial to those with oily skin.

The food we eat our diet has a significant role as it affects/influences our physiology. For instance, fried foods increase sebum production, which makes your already oily skin produce even more oil, possibly leading to multiple breakouts of pimples and acne. In other words, if you have oily skin which is prone to acne, you should be more conscious of your diet.

Unlike oily foods, vegetables, fresh fruits, and foods containing a high percentage of water are very healthy for oily skin as the large quantity of fluid helps detoxify your insides.

Here are five (5) foods that are very healthy for oily skin and will also help reduce breakouts:


Banana has a huge amount of potassium, magnesium and phosphorus, the lack of which could lead to the excess production of sebum. It is also rich in vitamin E, which is regarded as a natural beauty serum.


Made up almost entirely of water (95%), cucumbers are delicious as a healthy snack or in a salad. Aside from being rich in nutrients and antioxidants such as vitamin C and folic acid, cucumbers also have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to help with or prevent acne and swelling. Also, you don’t even have to eat them to enjoy their benefits.


Like cucumbers, apart from eating, avocados can also be applied directly to the skin to prevent oil secretions. When applied, it helps absorb excess sebum. Avocado is also said to help repair and improve chronic skin conditions like eczema and acne.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons contain vitamin C, which does wonders for the skin. Asides from ingestion through the mouth, applying lemon to the skin is also a great way to prevent acne. Lemon is also capable of absorbing oil, and it also removes toxins from your body, leaving your skin with great texture.

Green Vegetables

Green vegetables such as broccoli lack oil and fat content and contain high amounts of fibre that make for clear skin. Specifically, broccoli contains high amounts of vitamins A and C, which are great for the skin. However, it is not to be eaten raw to prevent other problems.

Although oily skin and acne can be challenging to manage, there are a few home remedies often used to reduce symptoms and which can be carried out without prescriptions or the use of expensive equipment and drugs:

  1. Wash face with clean water and soap regularly and before bed.
  2. When drying the face, pat gently with a soft towel, avoid pulling down roughly or using raggedy clothes as this could cause the skin to create even more sebum.
  3. Apply honey on the skin or face to keep moist while also absorbing moisture from the skin
  4. Aloe Vera could be considered medicinal as it is used to treat and/or soothe burns and other skin conditions, in this case, oily skin.
  5. Blotting papers/pads are made to absorb oil from the skin; these can be used to reduce or wipe off excess oil from the skin, making it appear less shiny.

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