How To Manage Oily Skin
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How To Manage Oily Skin

The body produces oil to keep the skin healthy, but too much of it can leave your face looking so oily, lead to acne flare-ups and blemishes. There are a lot of ways to tone down this oiliness. You can seek the help of a dermatologist to get the right products for your oily skin or you may also buy some over-the-counter cleansers and lotions.

The body produces oil to keep the skin healthy, but too much of it can leave your face looking so oily, lead to acne flare-ups and blemishes. There are a lot of ways to tone down this oiliness. You can seek the help of a dermatologist to get the right products for your oily skin or you may also buy some over-the-counter cleansers and lotions.

Washing your face in the morning and at night is an effective way to manage oily skin, but use a gentle cleanser and gently wash your face with your hands. Do not use harsh soaps because they can trigger the skin to produce more oil. This is also the same with using a buff puff or a wash cloth when washing the face.

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When looking for a facial cleanser that works, try one with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, beta-hydroxy acid, or glycolic acid. You’ll notice that they are all acids; they help cut oiliness and are great for people with acne or those who don’t have acne but does have oily skin.

There are people who may experience some skin irritation when buying facial care products having the above components as one of their ingredients. It is advisable to buy only a small sized cleanser at first and then see how your skin responds to this product. Remember to wash your face with lukewarm water.

Skin toners are also helpful in reducing oiliness. Look for the ones having the same ingredients as those already mentioned in this article because they are really effective in removing oils. Dermatologists advise to apply toners on oily areas of the skin like the “T zone” (forehead, nose, and chin) only. Do not use them on areas that tend to be dry because it’ll only create dry patches on the skin.

Medicated pads are also good for removing excess oil. You can carry them on your purse and use them to freshen up your skin when it gets too oily.

Blotting paper (cosmetic paper) is also a great option. Just press it on the oily area of the skin for a few seconds to allow it to absorb the oil.

Using masks and clays also cleanses the pores and helps draw out oils, but apply them only on problem areas, and use them occasionally because they can also dry out the skin.

When using moisturizers, select ones labeled as “oil-free” and apply an enough amount on areas that tends to be dry and oily. With sunscreens, there are gels that are less likely to make your skin look oily. Facial powders with high SPF are also good protection. Those with SPF 30 and above are great.

Oil production is greatly influenced by weather, hormones, even by mood that’s why the way your oily skin looks vary every day, every week, every month, or even by season. Sometimes you need to adjust your regimen depending on how oily your skin gets. You may not need to use much during winter season. People with oily skin often encounter problems mostly during the summer months. Remember not to overuse products containing acids because it might cause your skin to dry out.

Dermatologists can help you when over-the-counter products fail. Medicated products like creams containing adapalene, tretinoin, or tarzarotene helps by altering pores to reduce oiliness. Chemical peels and lazers also help reduce oiliness and improve the overall look of your skin.

Oil production is a normal part of healthy skin. It’s your skin’s natural antiaging mechanism and those with natural oily skin tend to have fewer wrinkles. It’s okay to do some efforts to reduce too much oiliness, but remember not to go overboard.

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Comments (5)

Excellent tips, Alma.

Very good info. :)).

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Well done guidelines.

Truly helpful article.

As you mentioned, producing oil is a natural thing for the skin, and medication should be taken only when serious problems arise.

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