Oily skin is problematic. It generally looks greasy, thick, coarse, and shiny, has enlarged pores, and is prone to breakout and blemishes. On the plus side, oily skin does not age or wrinkle nearly as bad as other skin types. Careful cleaning, minimizing of carbohydrate consumption, and avoiding rich creams can be helpful in improving the quality of oily skin.
• Excessive sebum production, shiny complexion
• Larger follicles and pores cover most of the face
• Requires more cleansing and exfoliating than other types
• Build-up can make skin appear thicker
• Blemishes and blackheads are common
Caring for Oily Skin: In caring for oily skin, it is very important to not over-wash. Doing so can worsen conditions by stripping natural oils and causing irritation. Thorough exfoliation should be conducted at least 2-3 times a week, and water-based products tend to be the most well-tolerated. Consider using a high quality clay mask two times a week to draw out deeply embedded impurities. Avoid the use of heavy creams or oils. Instead, use a lighter day cream or moisturizer as an alternative to a night cream.
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