Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The facts about Oily skin care

Simply put, oily skin is a result of excessive production of sebum, an oily substance that is naturally produced by the skin. When produced in excess sebum is bad as it leads to clogging of skin pores, resulting in accumulation of dead cells and hence formation of pimples and acne. This affects your looks negatively. Therefore knowing how to care for oily skin is very important.

The basic aim of oily skin care is to remove excess sebum or oil from the skin. However, oily skin care procedures should not lead to complete removal of oil. It should rather start with the use of a cleanser.  However, not all cleansers will work for one will work for another. You need a cleanser that contains salicylic acid i.e. a beta-hydroxyl acid that retards the rate of sebum production. Cleansing should be done twice a day or even more in hot and humid conditions.

Most of the oily skin care products are oil-free, however, it is always good to check the ingredients of the product, before you buy it. This is important especially if a product is marked as suitable for all skin types. The types of skin care product you buy also depend on the degree of oiliness of your skin. For extremely oily skin, only oily skin care products are suitable. Your oily skin care routine can include an alcohol based toner for an extremely oily skin. This is another step in your oily skin care routine i.e. just after cleansing. However, excessive toning can harm your skin.

The next step in your oily skin care routine can be a mild moisturizer. Again, the degree of oiliness of your skin determines whether you need to include this in your oily skin care routine or not. If you do decide to include a moisturizer, be sure to use one that is oil-free, wax-free and lipid-free. 

Getting an oily skin care product that is suitable for you may require you trying out a few. Skin care products with vitamin A and sulphur are advisable.
If don’t get your desired result from these simple tips, consult a dermatologist for more advice.  

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