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How to Care for Oily Skin

by LeAnn Cyr |

Everybody's skin produces natural oil to keep it moisturized and protected against infection. Some people have skin that over-produces this oil, which leads to skin pores getting clogged and accumulating dead skin cells, which inevitably leads to acne breakouts. If you have oily skin, you need to make sure you're caring for your skin's needs. Read on to find out how.

Don't Under-Cleanse or Over-Cleanse

To take care of oily skin in a way that clears up your acne problems, you need to remove the excessive oil from your skin by using cleansers. However, you should never remove all of the oil from your skin because it does serve some protective functions. Under normal conditions, cleanse your skin twice a day. Under hot and humid conditions, you may need to add an extra cleansing or two.

Use the Right Cleansers

When you have oily skin, not all skin cleansers will work for you. Use a skin cleanser that contains salicylic acid, which slows the rate at which your skin produces oil.

Work Up a Sweat

While getting all sweaty might not seem very cleansing to you, it's one of the best things you can do for your oily skin. Sweat flushes your pores out by getting rid of oil and dead skin cells. So make sure to exercise regularly. It's not only good for your health, but it's also good for your skin.

Make Sure Your Skin Care Products are Oil-Free

You have enough oil in your skin already; you don't need to add more by using skincare products made with oil. Remember, just because a skin care product is labeled as "suitable for all types of skin" or "suitable for oily skin," does not mean that it's oil-free. Look at the ingredients and make sure that your products are truly oil-free. You may need to try a few different oil-free products before finding one that works for you and stopping acne breakouts. 


Clay Mask Treatments

Use a clay mask once a week or so to help with oil control. You apply the clay when it is wet so that you can spread it all over your face. As it dries, it draws the oil and dead skin cells right out of your pores, stopping acne breakouts before they can even start.

Final Thoughts

You should get your skin's oiliness under control and reduce or even eliminate acne breakouts by following these tips. If you still experience acne breakouts and uncontrollable oiliness, talk to a dermatologist for advice. 

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