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The Best Tips for Oily Skin

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is researched and proven to improve almost any skin issue, and it works extremely well for oily skin. Says. There's one for every skin type, even sensitive—start out with a over-the-counter retinol, which is gentler then the RX versions and gradually build up to a higher strength if needed. If you've yet to dip your toe into the vitamin A pool, consider this  workout plan: Use retinol twice a week at first, gradually working towards every other night, alternating with your chemical exfoliant.

Know your ingredients.

Know them, and don't rely on marketing jargon to tell you if something will break you out. What you can do is look to make sure any of these common irritants don't fall in the first few ingredients: SD Alcohol, denatured alcohol, witch hazel, menthols, peppermint, eucalyptus, or camphor.

The same is true with products labeled "oil-free," because according to experts, oil isn't the enemy. But it isn't always your friend, either. Some people are really into the concept of 'oil dissolves oil, but we recommend using lightweight non-oil serums and essences instead. And you can always dab on a richer product where needed: Jojoba, rosehip, and grapeseed oils are the three we  recommend on oily skin. Coconut, olive, avocado, apricot kernel, and sweet almond oils are ones to potentially avoid.

Mask and exfoliate regularly

It's a maximalist approach, but we suggest regular masking paired with a gentle peel for maximum results. Masks with clays can reduce oil for a few days, and leave your skin soft, smooth, and shine-free. As for peels, glycolic and salicylic acid are my go-tos. These get into your pore lining to exfoliate so oil doesn't get backed up and cause bumps. You can use each separately or together.

Extract regularly, too.

You can do all the right things for your oily skin, and still need some extractions once in a while. Find an experienced aesthetician for a facial a few times a year. It’s all about  finding the right products, administer different types of peels, and utilize various technology to get your skin back on track.

Embrace the blotting paper.

It may seem trite, but it's true. They soak up excess oil and don't strip your skin, so its almost impossible to overuse them.  We hear Tatcha's are the superlative choice.


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