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What to do with oily skin

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While oily skin does tend to age better than dry, it does come with its own set of unique problems. Oily skin types are the result of an overproduction of sebum (oil) which is typically more intense in the T-zone and trailing off onto the cheeks.

Sebum, or what we call oil, is made of fatty esters, keratin, and different cellular materials. Sebum works to protect and moisturize your skin and hair keeping it healthy. Too much sebum, however, may lead to oily skin, which can lead to clogged pores and acne.

Caring for oily skin is a careful balance between removing the excess oil and stripping it. Over-washing can strip the skin of its surface oil. When you cleanse your skin too often, the body triggers the pores to produce more oil, which can make you appear shinier and increase the likelihood of breakouts.

Skin doesn't become congested overnight; it takes anywhere between 30-90 days to create a clogged pore. Congested skin is bumpy because the natural oils have caused the bodies ability to slough off dead cells to slow down. Early signs of this slow down appear as dull skin, and this can happen to anyone from time to time. Common triggers are stress, airplane travel, shifting hormone levels, and even sudden changes in humidity to name a few.

Several key factors that must be cared for when treating oily skin include:

Cleansing- Although it is tempting to cleanse oily skin until it is 'squeaky clean.' It is the worst thing you can do. Cleanse twice daily with a mild foaming cleanser that doesn't make your skin feel tight right after washing. Remember, if it feels tight, your cleanser is not right.

A few products to try:

Purifying Cream - Perfect for blackhead prone skin with T-zone shine, this moisturizer is light but creamy and leave the skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. Evens out skin tone and leaves a matte finish that's perfect for makeup.

Soft Net Cleansing Cream - Certified Organic bacteriostatic cleanser gently removes impurities from the face and neck without unbalancing the pH of the skin.

Oxygen Puractive+ Mask - Multi-benefit mask that purifies, revitalizes, matifies, refreshes, and hydrates the skin, illuminates and evens out the complexion, while tightening pores

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