Q: My skin is feeling extra oily right now. What are some ways to get it under control? Jamie, Winona Lake
Jamie, I am hearing this complaint more and more often lately and for most people it is directly related to the summer heat and humidity. So, what’s a girl to do to keep her skin from looking like a greasy hamburger off of the barbecue? Here are a few suggestions that are sure to keep your oil in check.
1. Change Your Cleanser
If you are feeling extra oily, consider changing your cleanser to a medical strength one with salicylic acid from your dermatologist or medical skin care provider. The salicylic acid will reduce the oil by essentially gobbling it up like Pac Man. “The key to managing oily skin is gently exfoliating dull, dry skin cells that trap bacteria, reducing excess oil with salicylic acid, and neutralizing free radicals,” according leading dermatologist, Dr. Zein Obagi. If you are already using a salicylic cleanser, try adding in a salicylic toner as well. This second dose of salicylic acid may be that extra boost your skin needs to keep it from getting shiny before lunch.
ZO’s Cebatrol Pads are great for soaking up extra oil.
2. Change Your Makeup
Jamie, if you haven’t tried mineral makeup before, summer it is a great time to start. Be very careful which you choose though as they are not all created equal. It is important to find a mineral makeup foundation free of any talc, dye, fragrance or bismuth oxychloride. These ingredients can irritate your skin and cause it break out. Powder foundations are great all year round, but especially in the summer when you want a more matte finish to your skin to counteract the extra oil. It is also weightless, so you won’t feel like you’re wearing a mask. If you are already wearing mineral powder foundation, consider adding an oil-absorbing primer underneath your makeup.
3. Try A Scrub
Just like mineral powder foundation, not all scrubs are alike. Many drugstore scrubs contain walnut shells or apricot pits which can dig and tear your skin allowing bacteria to enter that will cause more problems than just your oily skin. I actually like to use a scrub at night after I have washed my face to remove all of the day’s makeup, oil, dirt and dead skin cells. Exfoliation with a medical strength scrub will keep your skin safe and smooth and your pores clean.
Jamie, I hope these few suggestions will help get your oil in check and have you looking shine free. If you have more questions about your skin care or want to discuss additional options for oily skin, be sure to consult with a medical aesthetics provider.
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on Botox, fillers and sclerotherapy.
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