How to treat your oily skin.

How to treat your oily skin.

 

The skin is the only organ exposed to the elements, and because of this has always been the subject of studies and tests concerning health and the effects of carious things from sun exposure, oiliness and chemicals. The oiliness factor is something that affects many people, and not only has a negative effect on appearance, but can also lead to problems associated with acne and dirt build up. Here are a few tips (adapted from the health section on HowStuffWorks dot com and About dot com) on how to keep your skin as oil-free as possible without declining into dryness:
1.    Keep your hands off your face during the day. Hands deliver excess oil and dirt.
2.    Try aloe vera. Aloe Vera is available from almost every pharmacy or health-food store. Applied to your skin, the gel absorbs the oil and will help your soap to clear your pores (it is recommended that you apply the Aloe Vera after washing, 2-3 times a day). Apply aloe vera gel (available in many drugstores as well as health-food stores) to your face to absorb oil and clear out pores.
3.    Wipe with astringents. Wiping the oily parts of the face with rubbing alcohol or a combination of alcohol and acetone (a mixture found in products such as Seba-Nil Liquid Cleanser) can help degrease your skin just as well as more expensive, perfumey astringents. Many drugstores even sell pre moistened, individually wrapped alcohol wipes that you can keep in your purse for quick touchups throughout the day.
4.    Carry tissues. Even if you don’t have an astringent with you, paper facial tissues can help soak up excess oils in a pinch. You can also purchase special oil-absorbing tissues at the cosmetics counter that are very effective in removing excess oil between cleansings.
5.    Keep your skin clean. It is recommended that you wash your skin twice a day with either a detergent-based soap or a glycerin-based wash (depending on your skin type, and the effect they have on your body – try a few to find the best fit for you) to clear excess skin cells and oil build up.
6.    If you don’t want to apply chemicals to your skin, simply splashing your face with cold water and blotting it dry a couple of times a day can help remove some excess oil.
7.    Ban moisturizers. While advertisements are forever urging women to apply facial moisturizers, oily-skinned folks shouldn’t use them – their skin is already doing a more than adequate job of keeping itself supple and warding off dryness. Applying a sunscreen to the face before going outdoors in daylight is still a very good idea, however; check labels for products that are designed for oily skin or that are noncomedogenic (meaning they’ll be less likely to plug up pores, which is especially important for oily skin that is already more susceptible to acne blemishes).
8.    Ladies – use water-based cosmetics. Better yet, learn to live without makeup – or at least without foundation – since it will simply add to and trap the oil against your skin and set the stage for blemishes. If you feel you must use makeup, choose water-based products over oil-based types, and opt for spot concealers rather than coating your entire face. In general, stick with powder or gel blushers, and avoid cream foundations.
9.    Pull your hair back. It’s best to keep hair away from the face if you are having issues with your skin. Oily hair and oily skin often go together.
Please note that these tips are not to be used as professional medical advice. Always consult a professional in the case of an emergency, or even to find out the do’s and don’t’s for your skin type.
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