February 2nd, 2008
Oily skin is a problem for many people, often accompanied with other skin problems such as acne, blemishes, and zits. Oily skin can be caused by hereditary problems or hygiene issues, and getting rid of oily skins means pinpointing and treating the cause. We hope the suggestions below help you get rid of you oily skin and restore a clean, shiny, fresh-faced balance to your skin.
Oily Skin Treatment
Washing with hot, soapy water and a drying soap will help you get rid of your oily skin. Hot water works as a solvent on the excess oils on your skin and a strong soap with drying action will help cleanse away added dirt and grime, as well as dry out the oils. Something as simple as Dial soap will do the job, or you can look for even stronger soaps designed specifically for oil-removal, like Clearasil, Neutrogena, and Cetaphil brands.
Use oil-free skin care products to reduce the oil in your hygiene regimine. After washing your skin use oil-free lotions and moisturizers or sprinkle on some baby (talcum) powder instead. This will keep your skin feeling refreshed and moisturized without leaving behind greasy residue. You can also use an astringent containing acetone to further dry your skin (be careful not to use too much astringent if you have sensitive skin).
Choose oil-free make-up to prevent and get rid of your oily skin. Don't use a lot of liquid-based foundation, concealer, blush, or eye-shadow. Choose powder-based products, or products containing acne medication, instead. These will work to dry up excess oil and treat your pores at the same time.
Added stress can cause oily skin. Extra stress in your life will strain your body as well, so if you find that your skin is oilier when you're anxious or busy take the time to wind down and relax. The sweat from a good workout will clean out your pores and refresh your skin, as well.
Hormone levels affect the oiliness of your skin. Things like birth control pills or hormone regulators can cause an imbalance in the production of oils in your skin. If you think your oily skin could be attributed to any of your medicatons talk to your doctor about adjusting your dosage, trying an alternative medication, or working with a dermatologist to get rid of your oily skin.
Further Skin Treatments
If the above suggestions don't help you can always look for skin-care products designed specifically for your problem. Stronger astringents and toners are available, and products containing alpha hydroxy acids work to normalize skin without causing damage or added stress.
If OTC products aren't helping you get rid of your oily skin, talk to a dermatologist. A professional can help you pinpoint the cause of your oily skin and develop a personal treatment regimine with prescription-strength products.