No one likes feeling like an oil slick. Myth #1: If you washed your oily skin with a drying cleanser, it would produce more oil. Not true. Oil is mostly hormone controlled and genetic. The good news is because you have oil, you tend to not wrinkle. On the other hand, your pores tend to be wide and texture a problem.
- Use a drying cleanser. Those formulated for acne often work well.
- When you moisturize, don’t ADD oil. A hyaluronic acid based one works well for most oily skin.
- Use serums (more water based) rather than lotions or creams for any antiaging products.
- Use mineral powder sunscreens or ones formulated for acne prone skin.
- Invest in some blotting papers, rather than just adding more powder. Shisheido makes a nice one that’s easy to carry.
- Try spritzing Evian or another mineral water mid day. It’s drying. Or, you can wash again.
Non product strategies to consider:
- Regular microdermabrasion facials every 4-6 weeks keeps pores cleaned out and help dry the skin.
- Most IPL treatments will make the skin dryer temporarily.
- Fraxels or Clear & Brilliants (a baby Fraxel) is still the best for oily skin texture problems.
- Consider talking to your doctor about hormone adjustments with spironolactone or oral contraceptives, if appropriate.
- Interestingly, many patients with oily skin and acne report improvement after Thermage and other RF devices, even if not much data.