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How to deal with oily skin

Oily skin is the result of overactive sebaceous glands. Oily skin has a greasy shine and enlarged pores that leads to the formation of blackheads and other skin blemishes. To keep these problems at bay, you can follow few simple skin care routines on a regular basis.


Dermatologists recommend that cleansing your face three times a day is an effective way of coping with oily skin. Wash your face with mild, glycerin-based soap. Always wash your face with your hands. Avoid using wash cloth as they stimulate excess oil secretion. If you are not satisfied with a basic cleanser, then you can try acid-based facial cleansers such as glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These cleansers help in reducing oiliness. As some of these products cause irritation, you must first test your skin with a smaller pack of the product. Wash your face with warm water as hot water can damage the skin.


Toners help in further reducing of oiliness. As most of the people have a combination skin; the forehead, nose and chin appear to be the oily areas of skin. You must take care in applying the toners only to the oily areas. Dry patches are formed when toners are used on dry areas of skin.

Using Blotting paper

Cosmetic blotting papers are a great option to be carried in your purse and use them on the run to freshen up your skin. They help in removing excess oil and do not dry your skin. Gently press this paper on oily areas such as forehead, nose and chin for a few seconds. Avoid scrubbing your skin with the blotting sheet.

Applying Masks

Masks and clay help in reducing oil from deep inside the skin pores. Like cleansers and toners, masks also tend to dry out the skin. Therefore you need to apply them only on oily areas of the skin. Skin specialists recommend using the masks occasionally. It would be ideal to use them when you are getting ready for a special event such as a wedding or a birthday party.

Oil-free moisturizers and Sunscreens

People are under the misconception that oily skin is naturally moist. The fact is that an oily skin needs more than just oil for a healthy looking. Oil-free moisturizers help in nourishing the naturally dry skin (producing more oil) and prevent premature aging.

Although your skin is oily, you need to protect it from the ultraviolet radiation. Normal sunscreen lotions or creams tend to go thick on oily skin and cause the blocking of pores. You can apply sunscreen gels or oil-free products that have been designed for oily skin. These products offer SPF 30 protection which is sufficient to avoid the sun damage to your skin.


Clogged pores are a major complication of oily skin. These pores provide an opportunity for developing blackheads, whiteheads and acne. Oatmeal scrub helps in removing the dead skin and maintains clean pores. Glycolic acid-based exfoliate creams tend to loose the dead skin cells and regular cleaning makes it easier to wash them away. To neutralize the effects of glycolic acid on your skin, the exfoliate creams include moisturizer to protect and condition your skin after exfoliation.

Following a right diet

People who often eat junk food end up with an oily skin. A diet rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids help in getting rid of the oily skin. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C which reduce blemishes and help you in having a healthier complexion. Green leafy vegetables, cereals and grains are rich source of vitamin B complex which is required for the increased production of elastin. Eggs, milk and its products help in reducing the excessive formation of sebum thereby promoting a healthy skin. Essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 help in lubricating the skin. These fatty acids are present in sunflower seeds, fish and walnuts. Water is essential for hydrating the skin from within. It helps in discharging out the toxins. It also assists in getting rid of pimples in an oily skin.

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