In this article, we talk about six ways in which a person can reduce the appearance of oily skin without prescription-strength drugs.
1. Wash regularly
Washing regularly can reduce the amount of oil on the skin. The following methods are recommended for washing oily skin:
Wash with a gentle soap and warm water.
Avoid soaps with fragrances, added moisturizers, or harsh chemicals, which can irritate or dry out the skin, making it respond by creating more sebum.
Avoid loofahs and rough washcloths, as added friction may stimulate the skin to make more oil.
2. Use a toner
Astringent toners that contain alcohol tend to dry out the skin. However, according to a 2014 study, natural astringents, such as witch hazel, can have skin soothing properties.
Witch hazel has a high tannin content that makes it a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory. Many people with oily skin use witch hazel as their only toner.
In some people, natural astringent toners can make enlarged pores seem smaller and remove small bits of product or makeup that could clog pores.
However, these products may not work for everyone. Some may find that their face tingles or itches when using astringent toners. If this happens, it may be a sign of irritation that could lead to more sebum production.
3. Pat the face dry.
When drying the face after washing and using toner, people should gently pat their skin dry with a soft towel.
This should be done with care, however. Pulling down on the skin with a towel, or using a rough washcloth, is not advised, as it may stimulate the skin to create more sebum.
4. Use blotting papers and medicated pads.
Many companies make blotting papers, which are specially designed absorbent papers that pull oil from the skin.
Blotting papers will not treat the sebum production in the skin, but they can be used to lift excess oil off the skin throughout the day to make it appear less shiny.
A person could also try cloth pads that are medicated with familiar cleansing ingredients, such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid. These may help to remove excess oil through the day, while cleansing the pores and skin.
5. Use a facial mask.
Certain facial masks may be beneficial for treating oily skin. These may contain ingredients such as:
Clay masks containing minerals like smectite or bentonite can absorb oils and reduce skin shininess and sebum levels without irritating the skin. Use them only occasionally to prevent the skin drying out, and apply a gentle moisturizer afterward.
6. Applying Moisturizer
While many people with oily skin steer clear of moisturizers for fear that their skin will look greasier, using the right moisturizers can benefit this type of skin.
For people with very oily skin, an oil-free moisturizer could help keep the skin moist and protected, without it feeling greasy.
It doesn’t end here. Next week I’m going to plug y’all with legit skin care products and where you can purchase them from. So stay tuned so you don’t miss out on what skin care products you should have when treating acne with an oily type skin. Don’t forget.
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