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How To Combat Oily Skin

One of the biggest problems with oily skin is the amount of myths and misinformation around solutions to it. To understand how to combat oily skin, you need to understand what causes it. Skin becomes oily when the skin's oil glands, which usually work to protect the skin's moisture, are overactive and produce more oil than the skin needs. The result is a shiny, greasy buildup on your skin, which can trap dirt and dead skin cells, and lead to breakouts. Here are a few simple things you can do to deal with it.

How To Keep Clean

The easiest mistake to make with oily skin is to wash too often, or with water that's too hot. Washing and heat activate the skin's oil glands, so it's best to wash less often and use cool water. Once daily, or once in the morning and once in the evening for particularly grimy days, is enough. Use an exfoliating cleanser once or twice a week to lift off dead skin and residue.

After you wash, apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer and an astringent toner with ingredients such as witch hazel or salicylic acid. Adding moisture back into your skin helps calm your oil glands, and the toner closes your pores, sealing in that moisture and keeping your skin dewy and fresh, as well as slowing the release of new oil.

It is also a good idea to stay hydrated; if you don't drink enough water and your skin dries out easily, then it will produce extra oil to keep what little moisture it has.

Intensive Treatment

For a deep, refreshing mask that lifts the oil right off your skin, grate a cucumber finely and squeeze out the excess water. Apply it to your face for several minutes. It will leave your face feeling moist and refreshed.

Solutions For During The Day

Keep a packet of rice paper blotting tissues with you to absorb excess oil between washes. All it takes are a few moments between activities to lift the oil off your skin. Pay special attention to your forehead and nose. A lightweight face powder can also remove shininess, but it won't keep your skin quite as clean, so that is a second choice option.

To avoid dirtying your face and triggering oil production, don't touch your face during the day. Keep it from coming in contact with surfaces, your hair, and so on. As time passes, your face should become used to the care you're giving it and start being less oily.

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