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Posts for tag: Oily Skin

January 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Oily Skin   Skin Cleaning  

Woman performing skin cleansingProper skin cleansing is crucial for oily skin sufferers. Oily skin is the result of overactive sebaceous glands, which lie just beneath the surface of your skin and are responsible for sebum production. With excessive sebum, your skin can be left looking and feeling like a greasy oil slick, which can cause physical discomfort and embarrassment. Too much oil can also lead to clogged pores and acne. Your dermatologist can help you create the best skin care regimen for your oily skin.


What product should you cleanse with? The one that's right for you! Make sure to opt for a cleanser which doesn't dry out your skin too much. Your skin shouldn't be squeaky clean when you finish washing, as this actually means you've stripped all the protective oils from your skin which are so important to keep it moisturized and prevent irritation. Even as someone with oily skin, it's important not to remove all oil from your face.

Gentle cleansers are recommended for most people. Also, keep in mind that most dermatologists recommend washing once or twice a day - always washing once at night to remove the day's makeup, dirt and excess oil. You can also wash in the morning if you prefer, but keep in mind that overwashing can irritate sensitive skin.


Exfoliation gets rid of the dead surface layer of skin that clogs pores and causes the skin to become dull and greasy. Many people skip exfoliation in their weekly skincare routine, but it is important not to. There are many different ways to exfoliate your skin, such as a washcloth or a scrub. By exfoliating, you are removing any sign of dead skin, which allows for a healthier, more vibrant appearance.


Yes, even oily skin needs moisturizing. All skin types need moisture, and oily skin is no different. Your skin will become less prone to oiliness when it has the proper moisture balance. Choose a light, fragrance-free noncomedogenic moisturizer and apply daily after cleansing.

Visit your dermatologist for further treatment options for your oily skin. With proper skincare, you can protect your skin and help manage your oily skin. 

June 15, 2016
Category: Skin Care

Skin TypeSkin care should be an important part of your daily hygiene. This should include cleansing the face daily, moisturizing, applying sunscreen and avoiding harsh products. A good skin care routine starts with understanding the unique needs of your skin type. In many cases, skin can be classified into four different categories: normal, dry, oily and combination.  

To determine your type of skin, try this simple test:

  • Wash your face and gently pat it dry.
  • Wait approximately 15 minutes and then press lens-cleaning tissue paper on different areas of your face.
  • If the paper sticks or picks up oil on all parts of your skin, then you have oily skin.
  • If the paper does not stick on any part of your face, then you have dry skin.
  • If the paper only sticks to your chin, nose and forehead, then you have normal or combination skin.

Normal Skin Types
The ideal skin type, normal skin is characterized by a smooth, even tone and usually blemish free.  It also tolerates most skin care lotions and creams. A regular skin care regimen combined with a balanced diet is often enough to maintain healthy, youthful skin.

Dry Skin Types
People with dry skin lack natural moisture. Dry skin may flake during the winter months, and chapping or cracking may occur when skin is extremely dry or dehydrated. Applying gentle moisturizer throughout the day and drinking plenty of water can help relieve dryness and also fight against premature aging. Avoid overexposure to the sun, harsh winds and smoking which can aggravate dry skin.

Oily Skin Types
If you have oily skin, you may be more prone to acne due to excessive oil secretions (sebum) on the face. Oily skin may appear greasy, and is commonly seen among adolescents due to hormonal changes which increase production of sebum. To manage oily skin, use cosmetics sparingly and only apply oil-free products when possible. Wash skin once or twice a day, avoid lotions and creams and always remove makeup before going to bed.

Combination Skin Types
Combination skin is a blend of both dry and oily skin, most often characterized by an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and a dry neck and cheeks.  Different parts of the face may require slightly different care. Applying a toner or anti-acne product on the T-zone to remove residual oils and impurities may be helpful in managing oily skin, while a mild moisturizer may be needed for the cheeks.

Having trouble determining your skin type? Visit your dermatologist for expert skin care advice and a personalized treatment plan for every type of skin. The state of our skin is affected by nutrition, general and emotional health, exercise and genes. How well you care for your skin will play an important role in achieving your healthy glow.