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Oily Skin - Characteristics of Oily Skin

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If you have oily skin, chances are good you know full well that you fall into this category. People with oily skin usually have the following characteristics:

  • Large visible pores
  • Frequent acne (black heads and white heads)
  • Visible shine, especially mid-day
  • Frequent acne on other areas such as your back and chest
  • Oily skin is very common for people in their teens and early 20's, but for some people, it doesn't end there. While oily skin in adulthood isn't as frequent as normal and dry skin, it's not unusual to have oily skin in your 30's and beyond.

    People with oily skin tend to not take care of their skin as they should because of the issues they deal with. Acne causes the majority of people to "pick" at their skin, which only brings more bacteria to the face. If acne is a problem, you shouldn't pick, pop or use harsh products on your face. You should always cleanse using a gel cleanser, and moisturize using a light moisturizer or serum. Another product that many people with acne prone skin forget is sunscreen because many products cause people with acne prone skin to break out further.

    If you have oily skin, there are many products available for you to make your skin care regime as easy as possible. Here is a list of skin care products that you should invest in, and soon you'll find that your oily skin isn't so bad after all.

  • Oil Blotting Sheets. These handy sheets are used to blot away excess oil whenever you need it. These will make your skin look and feel less shiny, and you just toss them after use.
  • A gel-based cleanser will help absorb oil and leave your face matte
  • A light moisturizer with SPF sun protection. Find one that specifically says "For Oily Skin".

    Just know that in the majority of cases, oily skin is a passing phase that you have to get through. There are many products and medication to help you deal with the acne that most times goes hand-in-hand with oily skin. Visit a dermatologist to help decide what's best for you.

    Read our skin care tips for oily skin and see how your daily, weekly or monthly regime compares to our suggestions.

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