How to Dry Up Oily Skin
Proper skin care regimens are not one-size-fits-all; they vary with each individual, says the American Academy of Dermatology. Oily skin requires frequent face-washing, but too much can exacerbate the problem, and the limit differs for everyone. People who have acne should be especially wary of too much scrubbing and of products that may irritate the skin, which can inflame rather than subdue breakouts. The key to caring for oily skin is knowing, through trial and error, what works for you and your face.
Wash your face at least twice a day with a cleanser that's oil-free and non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog your pores.
Blot excess oil with astringent pads in between washings, if needed. The pads can also serve as a substitute for using a cleanser and water if multiple washings inflame your skin.
Wear only oil-free and non-comedogenic cosmetics. Water-based formulations are a good option, says MedlinePlus.
Use a lightweight moisturizer if needed. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a product that also contains sun protection.
Apply a topical retinoid to your clean face before bedtime. Retinoid creams contain vitamin A, which helps fight oily skin.
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