Oily Complexion Care
Caring for Oily Skin
Some people have combination skin often dry on the cheeks but with an oily panel down the center and across the forehead. The cause of oily skin is over production of the substance called sebum, which the skin produces naturally. Over production of this sebum is not good as it causes the pores to block up and dead skin cells to accumulate; this in turn will cause spots. Oily skin also gives your skin a greasy shiny appearance. It is therefore very important to have a daily skin care routine which is specifically for your skin type.
Reducing the Amount of Sebum
Oily complexion care and your skin care routine is aimed at removing much of this sebum, although it is important to remember that a certain amount of oil is necessary to keep your skin in good condition. You should begin your facial routine by using a good cleanser.
Not every cleanser will work efficiently on oily skin so look for one that contains "salicylic acid"; it will tell you on the label. This will lower the rate of sebum produced and will clean the skin at the same time. This should be done twice a day: first thing in the morning to get rid of the production from the night and last thing at night to get rid of the day's build up.
- Use an alcohol based toner straight after cleansing but don't overdo it as over use of toners can have a damaging effect on your skin.
- Use a moisturizer. Once again make sure what it is made up of though, avoid ones that contain oil, wax and lipids.
- Once a week you could use a quality clay mask such as AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask, Oily Skin to help in your oily skin care routine.
- When spots appear, it is important to remember that you should touch them as little as possible and don't be tempted to squeeze them. By doing this, you could end up infecting them which would result in your face looking a bigger mess and probably necessitate a trip to the doctors for antibiotic cream.
Always Read the Label
Beware of using products that claim to be suitable for all skin types. You are better sticking to ones that are specifically for oily skin and oily complexion care. In addition some make-up products may be oily as well and therefore not really suitable for you. Don't forget that if you have combination skin then different areas of the face will need to be treated with different products as their needs are different.
It may be necessary to try out one or two different products before deciding on the ones that you prefer and if you need any advice, have a word with someone on the beauty counter of a department store as they will be happy to help you. If none of this helps, go and talk to your doctor; if he or she thinks that the problem is particularly bad they may refer you to a dermatologist where you can get specialist help. A dermatologist will be able to prescribe stronger creams and lotions where necessary for total oily complexion care.
Oily Complexion Care
Published August 4, 2011
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