oilyskin-graphic

oily skin

Identifying your skin type is essential in developing a daily care and treatment program that will help you maintain clear, healthy, radiant skin.

For a skin care program to be the most effective, your regimen of cleansing, toning, moisturizing and specialized treatments must be tailored to your own unique skin.

Oily skin is usually thick textured, with enlarged pores and excess surface oils. You know you have oily skin when two or three hours after cleansing, oils are easily noticeable on the skin, especially on the nose, chin and forehead. Oily skin also tends to be more acne-prone. On the plus side, though, the extra oil gives the skin a more youthful appearance.

recommended home care for oily skin to reduce excess oils and maintain skin's youthful appearance:


cleanse

Cleanse two to three times a day, selecting a cleanser that lathers well in order to reduce excess oils on the skin surface. Be certain to use a non-oil based makeup remover prior to cleansing.

exfoliate

Exfoliate two to three times a week. When using a product containing grains avoid vigorous massaging, so that oil glands will not be over stimulated.

mask

Mask twice a week, after exfoliating. My favorite masks for oily skin are clay and mud based to absorb oils, and masks containing salicylic acid to promote exfoliation, or camphor for its soothing and antiseptic action.

tone

Use toner two to three times a day after cleansing. Toners that are best for oily skin are those containing citric acid, lemon extract, glycolic acid or salicylic acid.

moisturize

Use a light, gel-based moisturizer rather than a richer cream or an oil control moisturizer. Those with younger skin may opt to use moisturizer only at bedtime. In warmer weather oily skin needs less added moisture than in colder weather.

protect

Use an oil-free, gel-based sunscreen with an SPF-15. Apply thirty minutes before sun exposure. Avoid cream-based sunscreens that will add more oil to the skin.

treat

At bedtime apply a mask or ampoule of plant extracts to control oil production. During the day, use blotting tissues or facial towelettes to remove excess oils.

ideal skin's recommended professional treatments for oily skin

Enzymatic Facial thoroughly cleanses pores of the debris that can be trapped when skin produces excess oils.

Salicylic Acid Peel effectively cleans heavily clogged pores frequently experienced in oily skin.

Glycolic Acid Peel minimizes the excess surface oils, and improves texture by refining enlarged pores which are common in oily skin.