How to Treat Oily Skin
When the sebaceous glands under your skin produce excessive amounts of oil, the result can be a shiny appearance and acne. Excess oil can clog your pores, leading to blemishes, and you may have difficulty keeping your skin looking smooth and dry. Most of the time, oily skin is not a cause for concern from a medical standpoint, but in rare cases it can be a sign of Parkinson's disease or hormonal imbalances, explains the New Zealand Dermatological Society. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist about your oily skin if it does not improve with at-home treatment.
Wash your face twice a day with a mild facial cleanser. Do not use harsh scrubs or wash your face several times a day, as these can lead to more oil production.
Pat your face dry with a towel after washing to prevent irritating your skin.
Apply a cream or gel containing retinol after washing your face at night before you go to bed. Topical retinoids are derived from vitamin A and can help calm oily skin, explains the American Academy of Dermatology.
Rub a thin layer of medicated acne cream over your face after cleansing once or twice a day if you are prone to breakouts. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can help reduce excess oil and clear up breakouts. Decrease the frequency of your applications to once every other day if your skin dries out or becomes irritated.
Smooth a water-based moisturizer over your skin after applying medicated creams. Acne-fighting ingredients can cause excessive drying, which can stimulate your oil glands.
Use cosmetics labeled as "noncomedogenic" or "won't clog pores" if you apply makeup. Wash your makeup off before bed every night.
Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 when going outside, even if it is a cloudy day. Acne creams and topical retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, and the UV rays can dry out your skin, leading to excessive oil production.
Dab at your face and neck with rice paper or oil blotting sheets to keep shine to a minimum throughout the day.
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