Saturday, August 22, 2009

Stop Oily Skin

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One of the biggest myths about oily skin is that it causes acne. Acne caused when oil becomes trapped below the skin’s pores and becomes contaminated with bacteria. When you have oily skin, the oil isn’t blocked because it’s coming to the skin’s surface. The good news about oily skin is that it keeps younger-looking. Individuals with oily skin tend to wrinkle less than people with dry or normal skin.

While you can’t alter your genetics or completely control your hormones, there are plenty of things you can do to cope with your oily skin.
  • Maintain your face dirt-free. As any person with oily skin knows, the oilier the skin, the dirtier the skin looks and feels. To help prevent this feeling, it’s important to keep the skin clean. Wash your face at least twice a day with skin care products like facial cleansers.
  • Try aloe vera. It helps absorb oil and cleanse the pores. Let it dry on your face two or three times a day with cool aloe vera gel (keep it in the refrigerator).
  • Wipe with astringents. Wiping the oily parts of the face with rubbing alcohol or a combination of alcohol and acetone (such as liquid cleasers) can help dry oiliness. The alcohol acts as a degreaser.
  • Carry tissues. Paper facial tissues can help wipe away excess oils. You can also purchase special oil-absorbing tissues from health and beauty companies that are very effective in removing excess oil between cleansings.
  • Make a scrub. Facial scrubs are excellent for removing excess surface oil.
  • Masque it. It can reduce oiliness. Apply it to the face and leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing off.
  • Use water-based cosmetics. Be careful in choosing the right cosmetics and beauty tools. Oily-skinned people should stay away from cosmetics as much as possible. When you do use makeup, you should apply water-based rather than oil-based types. Before going to bed, wash your face with makeup removers.


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