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Treating Oily Skin
Having oily skin is not just a problem for teenagers. People of all ages can struggle with the blemishes and shine that go hand-in-hand with excess oil.
Experts link the cause of oily skin to the increased production of hormones, especially during puberty. But fluctuations in hormone levels can change even after puberty. Menstrual cycles, stress and emotional state can influence hormonal changes that contribute to oily skin. In addition to hormones, there is a hereditary component to having oily skin. Some people simply have skin that produces more oil than others.
When the skin produces too much oil, problems can arise. Excess oil traps pore-clogging dirt and bacteria, and it causes the face to feel greasy and look shiny.
If you have oily skin, a regular routine of gentle cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection is a must. Choose quality products that will gently remove excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells without stripping or drying out your skin.
Tips For Oily Skin:
- Look for products labeled “non-comedogenic”, “non-acnegenic” and “oil-free.”
- Don’t punish your skin with harsh cleansers—they can irritate your skin but won’t reduce the amount of oil it produces.
- Go for a lotion moisturizer, which is lighter than a cream. If you are very oily, try a gel formula or hydrating serum.
- Use a toner that contains salicylic acid to exfoliate dead skin that can clog pores.
- If you are extremely oily, try avoiding milk and refined carbs, which are thought to increase the amount of oil your skin produces, to see if it helps.
- Use oil-absorbing papers and oil-free powder to cut shine.