How to decrease the production of sebum

Written by karen miller
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An overactive production of sebum, the secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands of the skin, is a leading cause of acne and skin irritations. There are many reasons why you may be producing excess sebum, from hereditary to environmental effects, but regardless of the cause you need to get the sebum under control. You can use natural methods for decreasing the production of sebum while simultaneously helping to make yourself healthier overall.

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Things you need

  • Vitamin A-rich foods
  • Daily vitamin supplement
  • Anti-dandruff shampoo
  • Sebum-controlling moisturiser

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    Cut back on the amount of bad fat in your diet like margarine or processed foods, because these things inhibit your body's ability to regulate the production of sebum.

  2. 2

    Cook with foods that are naturally rich in Vitamin A like milk, cheese and animal liver. Fruits and vegetables like spinach, mango, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes are a fresh and raw way to ingest Vitamin A.

  3. 3

    Avoid dehydrating drinks like coffee, soft drinks and alcohol. These liquids interfere with the body's Vitamin A production, and Vitamin A is needed to keep the sebum in control.

  4. 4

    Take a daily vitamin supplement that contains Vitamin E, zinc and beta-carotene to encourage the natural production of Vitamin E.

  5. 5

    Clean your hair with an anti-dandruff shampoo that is labelled as an anti-androgen. This means the shampoo is designed to suppress the hormones that increase sebum production.

  6. 6

    Apply a sebum-controlling moisturiser to your face after cleaning it to give your skin moisture without having to produce sebum.Look for a product that contains both zinc and clay for greatest effectiveness.

Tips and warnings

  • Eating a clean and fresh diet in general can be helpful in keeping your body's oil production in proper working order.
  • Do not use vitamins or anti-androgens excessively or you could dry your skin out to a dangerous point.

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