I hope you have enjoyed learning about repair options for deeply damaged skin over the last few days. Now I'd like to turn the attention to maintaining healthy and radiant skin.
I have often spoken about the myths of skin care and specifically the myths about what causes skin problems, like acne and premature aging.
I try to be very specific as to the cause and effect of products and routines that are not really very helpful to the skin and provide alternatives.
I have heard back from many of you on these skin care suggestions and I am glad that they are helping! One area I'd like to tackle right off is the oil your skin produces.
You probably aren't going to believe this but oily prone skin is actually one of the healthiest skin types to have!
However, caring for it without over doing it can be a challenge. Today we will tackle oily skin specifically, which is an entirely different condition than acne prone skin.
One can have an acne issue with skin that is prone to be dry, just as it can with oily skin. For proper care of oily skin it all starts with the cleanser.
You just need to know what kinds of cleansers work well on oily skin. For the most part, choosing a cleanser that is specifically designed to be gentle on your skin is best.
As I have said many times, it is best to avoid cleansers that contain oils, waxes, or soaps. You many think that soap is the most common go-to ingredient in a cleanser, but don't be fooled.
Soap will only momentarily make your face feel oil-free. This occurs because soap strips skin of all oil, using it may lead to even greater oil production as your skin works to replace its lost protective layer.
Try glycerin or sorbitol based cleansers instead.
Moisturizers are necessary even for oily skin, those containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid) or glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy acid) may also be helpful for gently cleaning and exfoliating oily skin.
These two acids are often found in cleansers intended for acne-prone skin because they remove dead skin cells and oil that clog pores.
They can be found in high concentrations of 10% or more, but if your skin is easily irritated, look for products that have very low concentrations of these acids, like 7% or less.
Using the right daily cleanser is a good start, but it isn't enough to keep your skin healthy. You may not think that oily skin needs a moisturizer but nothing could be further from the truth.
By following the above steps you can reduce oiliness and not over strip your skin, leaving it healthy and fresh. As a dermatologist once told me, don't cure oily skin, it doesn't get wrinkles!
Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,
The Hardest Working Guy In Skin Care
"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."