Oily skin is characterized by severe seborrhea and hyperkeratosis. On its surface there are blackheads, enlarged pores and inflammation signs. Its feel is rough and uneven, it has shining tone, and may be prone to acne. Oily skin peels frequently, which is often the cause of poor diagnosis, being mistaken with dry skin, and the consequences are bad treatments used based on greasing, which is a big mistake in case of oily skin. Peeling oily skin is caused by hyperkeratosis and no dryness.
Oily skin mostly appears on the so-called T-zone or the forehead, nose and chin. And then we have to deal with combination skin.
Proper care of such skin is not easy, but with a little determination and commitment we can improve its condition significantly. Basis for the care of oily skin is good hygiene, cleansing, exfoliation and moisturizing and UV protection.
Cleaning agent for oily skin should degrease it well, which does not mean dry (!) And it can be achieved with good micellar water or cleansing gel. Oily skin is often very sensitive and dehydrated, so do not use strong cleansing preparations designed specifically for this type of skin. Very well suited is also gentle gel for the dry skin - it cleans, but do not cause such a dryness. Bioderma Sebium or more delicate Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Waters clean the skin very well without drying it. Effaclar Gel followed by Facial Toner are designed for oily skin, bringing the desired results.
Use of peeling creams based on acids and retinoids is a must for oily skin. The leader among the substances used in the care of oily skin is by far the most effective salicylic acid in combination with glycolic acid or lipohydroxy acid. Glycolic acid peels epidermis and then salicylic acid penetrates deep into the sebaceous glands, resulting in beautifully narrowed pores.
The best effective preparation should contain 12% of Glycolic Acid such as the cream Isis Pharma Glyco-A 12%. It should be used 3 times a week in the evening, and on the other days it is best to combine it with Salicylic Acid. Here Effaclar Duo+ comes in help, more details you can find on this post dedicated to this cream.
Another substance, which copes great with oily skin is retinol and its derivatives - retinoids. They reduce the activity of sebaceous glands, inhibit hyperkeratosis, making skin less shiny and its surface is restored. Retinol acts also anti-aging, it thickens the epidermis, stimulates the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Effaclar K and Redermic R are suitable for retinoid treatments. Check this and this posts about Retinoid Treatments.
Hygiene and Peeling of oily skin are as much important as proper moisturizing and UV protection. I will write about these 2 treatment rituals in 2nd part of this blog post.
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Maggie, beauty and nature lover, mindful of skincare rituals.