Oily skin can be caused by many things. Some of these can be controlled like diet and skincare regimen, and other external causes like heat and humidity can't always be avoided. So if you've been battling oily skin due to the muggy outdoors, here are a few things you can do to combat it.

Diet

What you eat affects everything about you physically, including your skin. That means your diet could be the cause for your oily skin, but it can also be the answer. Some things you might want to avoid are refined grains, sugary sweets, and inflammatory fats. Also, try to include more zinc, vitamin A, C and D. These all play important roles in skin health. For additional Zinc try to eat more fish, especially salmon. As far as vitamins A, C and D, try to eat more colorful fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, oranges and spinach. To learn more about how these foods interact with your skin, head over to the LiveStrong site to read on.

Wash

Start with hot water. Hot water does a better job dissolving skin oil than warm or cool water. Wash your face at least twice a day. If you still feel like that is not enough, try washing 3-4 times daily. Be careful not to over wash your face though. Over-stimulation or irritation will lead to more oil production and end up causing more harm than good. Another thing to avoid are harsh face washes and soaps. Natural based bars of soap will be just as effective, and at less of a cost. Try to find soaps that exfoliate to keep your skin fresh and clean.

Moisturize

While it may seem counter-intuitive to moisturize oily skin, it’s still important to apply moisturizer and keep your skin healthy. While not all moisturizers will be good for oily skin here are some awesome ingredients to keep on the lookout for: aloe vera, jojoba oil, and essential oils such as Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, and Sage. Certain herbs such as Burdock root, oat straw, chamomile, thyme and horsetail are also good for your skin. 

There are plenty of other at home remedies you can try and experiment with, but when it comes to your skin and your face I wouldn’t mess around. If trying these basic fixes isn’t doing the trick and the problem continues, it might be time to consult a dermatologist. They can help determine the cause, and the best solution to treat your oily skin.