Dealing with oily skin? Don’t fret! Did you know that oil can actually be good for your skin? Naturally occurring oil can help preserve skin and people with oily skin often have thicker skin with fewer wrinkles. It’s only when your skin’s oil balance gets out of balance that oily skin becomes a problem, clogging pores and leading to acne breakouts.
So, what are some things you can do to maintain healthy oil levels? Check out these do’s and don’ts for dealing with oily skin.
- Do wash your face in the morning, after working out and at night before bed. Anytime your skin sweats, it is ok to cleanse it. If repeated cleansing causes your skin to dry out, you can look for a sensitive skin cleanser or moisturizer to use in conjunction with cleansing.
- Don’t scrub at skin while washing or pull on skin when drying your face after cleansing.
- Do look for skin care and makeup products labeled “oil free” and “noncomedogenic” as they won’t clog pores.
- DON’T use oil-based or alcohol-based cleansers. These can irritate your skin.
- Do apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more daily.
- Don’t sleep in makeup. Always remove makeup before going to bed.
- Don’t touch your face throughout the day. Doing so spreads dirt, oil, and bacteria from your hands to your face. Think of all the surfaces you touch with your hands; you don’t want that on your face! Yuck!
- Do see your dermatologist if you experience excessive oil production that doesn’t get better with the above practices. We can help you establish a skin care regime or treatment that will keep your skin healthy and beautiful.
There are many reasons for excessive oil production, including stress, humidity, genetics, and fluctuating hormones. Your skin is unique and so is your skin care routine! If you’re struggling with oily skin or acne, make an appointment to come in and see us. We want you to feel confident and beautiful in your skin!
Savannah River Dermatology is located at 575 Furys Ferry Rd in Augusta, Ga. For appointments and other questions our office can be reached at 706-691-7079.