Beauty Health And Care Best Treatments For Oily Skin

This article describes the main causes of oily skin, and how to properly care for and treat oily skin.

Although a common problem, oily skin can be very frustrating for those who have it. There are several steps that can be taken to treat oily skin, and prevent the acne that oily skin often causes.

The oil in skin is produced by oil glands. When functioning properly, these glands produce the amount of oil that is necessary for lubricating your skin and getting rid of dead skin cells. Hormones affect the amount of oil these glands produce. During adolescence, there is a surge of sex hormones called androgens, which is why many teenagers are plagued with oily skin and acne. Oily skin does not directly cause acne, but excess oil can clog pores and cause increased inflammation in skin. The amount of oil that oil glands produce is also influenced by genetics. If oily skin is common in your family, it is more likely that you might have oily skin, too.

The basic factor in treating oily skin is proper washing. You should wash your face two or three times a day. There is no need for harsh soaps or extremely hot water. These in fact can aggravate the skin and cause the production of more oil. It is best to use a mild soap with tepid water. After washing, gently pat the skin dry with a towel. If you are not able to wash with soap and water as much as you should, you can use pre-moistened disposable cleansing pads during the day to clean away excess oil. Make sure the cleansing pads are mild and do not cause excess drying of the skin. There are also absorbent disposable papers sold by several cosmetic brands that absorb excess oil. These can be carried with you for use throughout the day.


It is important to remember that excessively drying the skin is not an effective treatment for oily skin. In fact, this can cause glands to produce even more oil to make up for what is lacking. To avoid extreme drying of the skin, some people need to use a moisturizer. Find a product that is water-based instead of oil-based. Your moisturizer should not leave a greasy film or residue on your face.

It is best to avoid wearing makeup whenever possible, since makeup can irritate the skin and cause clogged pores. However, if you are going to use makeup, make sure it is noncomedogenic. This means it is oil-free and less likely to clog pores. Make sure to wash off any makeup at night before you go to sleep. Don't wear makeup while working out, or during any activity where you will be sweating. This can aggravate oily skin and clog pores.

Remember that hormone levels affect how much oil is produced in your skin. There are several factors that can cause hormone levels to increase. A major cause of increased hormone levels is stress. Staying relaxed and stress-free is important for preventing the production of excess oil. Even the physical stress of colds, allergies, and menstruation can cause hormone levels to fluctuate. What you eat can also affect hormone levels. Foods cause different reactions in different people, so it is important to know what affects your individual body. If you find that a particular food makes your skin more oily or aggravated, it will probably be best for you to avoid eating that food.

All these things can help treat oily skin, but excess oil can be an ongoing problem that lasts for years in many people. It is important to learn what treatments work best for your skin. If you feel that your oily skin is a severe problem, you might want to contact a dermatologist.

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