Strategies to Reduce Oily Skin

No matter how old you are, oily skin can be frustrating and embarrassing to deal with. For some lucky people, oily skin is a problem that corrected itself once hormones finished wildly fluctuating after teenage years. But for most people, that isn’t the case. Oily skin is a leading cause of acne, as oil builds up in pores, preventing them from remaining clean.

If you struggle with oily skin, some of the basic facial care procedures you may be going through day after day may actually be making your problem worse. For example, many facial cosmetic products and makeup products are oil-based. The added oils in the makeup and lotion will exacerbate the issue, causing even more oil buildup. This can result in a shiny gleam to your face, not to mention oil stains on clothing and a sweaty appearance.

If you have ever struggled with excess oil on your skin, you know that you can’t just wipe away the oil. Sure, it may work for a moment, but the oil will come back. And any time that oil spends on your face is time that the oil has the opportunity to penetrate your pores and leave you with acne or other blemishes.

Caring for your skin with a daily regime that targets excess oil is the only way to become free of oily skin. This should include:

  • Washing your face twice a day using oil-free soap.
  • Use minimal cosmetics and only oil-free cosmetics.
  • Be careful when selecting your moisturizer to ensure that you are finding one that will not leave an oily residue on your skin after use.
  • Be mindful of what touches your face. Try to minimize how often you put your hands on your face.

Washing your face daily and keeping up with a regular skin care regime in this way can help to slowly reduce the oil buildup on your face, and it will help keep the oil out of your pores, reducing the risk of oil resting in them and causing acne.

Daily strategies like these can help minimize additional oils that may come into contact with your face, but it won’t necessarily eliminate the oils that appear there naturally. For that, you need to speak with a dermatologist who can help you improve skin quality with top treatment methods and dermatology medications.

Avail Dermatology is a leading provider of state-of-the-art skincare solutions for patients throughout the Greater Atlanta region. Our staff is skilled in performing in-depth assessments to create individualized treatment plans that help patients of all ages enjoy healthier skins and better complexions. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of oily skin, call 770-251–5111 to schedule a personal consultation and evaluation today.