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Advice on Oily skin

Tuesday, January 20. 2004 posted in in Skin Conditions

Remember, there is no way to completely prevent oily skin from occurring, but hopefully these tips will help keep the oil and acne under control:

  • Although dirt and oil on the surface of the skin do not cause acne, excessive oil on your skin may exacerbate the clogging of pore openings, so proper washing is often a good way to keep the situation from becoming worse. Most topical acne medications have a drying effect on oily skin.
  • Try a mild cleanser that cleanses without drying.
  • Do not use any oil-based cosmetics, which will only aggravate oily skin.
  • Use water-based, non-comedogenic cosmetics.
  • Remove your makeup before going to bed, but avoid cold creams and lotions.
  • Eat a healthy well balanced diet.
  • Reduce stress. Doctors have seen a connection between stress and acne for a long time. Studies have shown that the body produces more androgens when a person is under stress. The increase may trigger acne flare-ups by stimulating the sebaceous glands to pump out more sebum. Even physical stresses, such as colds, allergies, surgery, or menstration, can trigger break-outs.

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Oily skin Questions & Answers

Why is exfoliation so important for oily skin?
Since small pores are what give the impression of smoothness, oily skin's larger pores can make it appear rough. Excess dead skin cells and blackheads can actually stretch a pore too making it appear even larger. By deep cleansing the pores of this cellular debris, exfoliation makes larger pores appear smaller.

If I have oily skin, do I still have to moisturize?
Yes, absolutely. The biggest mistake is to strip away all oil, because the skin reacts by creating even more oil.


None of the above is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your doctor.


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