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Managing Oily Skin

Posted by Adrienne Gossett on

As we know our bodies naturally produce oils that help keep our skin healthy. But if you’re like me it can sometimes feel like your face is drowning is excess oils. Too much oil on the skin can lead to clogged pores, acne flare ups, and other unwelcome skin irritations. So what’s a girl to do? While we may not be able to control how much oil our bodies produce, we can manage it. There are a number of different methods to help keep your complexion shine free.

Cleanse regularly

The most effective thing you can do to manage your oily skin is to wash it twice a day. Once first thing in the morning and again before bed. As tempting as sliding in a third or fourth wash maybe, don’t do it! Over washing your face can actually increase your natural oil production.

The type of cleanser you choose to use also plays a vital role in managing your oily skin. Harsh cleansers can dry out the skin and trigger an overproduction of oils to make up for what was stripped away. Use a gentle cleanser that contains acids such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or beta-hydroxy acid. These cleansers work great for those with acne and for those trying to manage their oily skin problems.

Don’t forget to moisturize

When you have oily skin the thought of using a moisturizer can seem like a no-go. You may worry that it will make your skin look even shinier than it already is. But even the oiliest of oily skin needs to be moisturized, especially after a good face washing. Using an oil-free moisturizer will not only moisturize, but will also help you avoid the oily sheen.

Clay based facial masks

Using a clay based facial mask helps to draw out oils from the skin and cleanses pores. But when use excessively they can do more harm than good. Try to only apply them to your problem areas such as your forehead, nose and chin. And limit your use of them to one to two times a week to avoid drying out your skin. And don’t forget to follow up with a moisturizer.

Blotting papers

Blotting papers are convenient, easy to use and don’t dry out your skin. Simply press a blotting sheet against the oily area long enough to absorb oil, about 15 seconds, and voiliá you’re done. It’s that easy.

And when all else fails…

If using over-the-counter products just isn’t enough to help you manage your skin, talk to a dermatologist. They know the ins and outs of dealing with oily skin and how further help you in you journey to clearer skin.

As frustrating as oily skin can be, remember that oil production is a normal bodily function. Be sure to keep in mind that going overboard in your managing efforts can do more harm than good. It is important to find a balance between removing excess oiliness and preserving your skin’s natural oils.

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