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Some tips for oily acne prone skin.

Posted by Deto on March 15, 2002 at 17:13:17:

Does oily skin mean problem skin?
No. In fact a well cared for oily skin is one that ages best because it is well lubricated. However, there are two main factors that will provoke problems:

a) Mishandling the oiliness,
b) Internal Disfunction.

Mishandling the oiliness
Many people with oily skin are under the impression that it should be dried out. Some products like soaps, strong antibactericides, alcohol toners and astringents are used to achieve this as well as some commercially prepared creams available on the high street. This is where we believe the trouble can start.

It has been shown that stripping sebum from the skin surface stimulates the glands into producing more sebum in an effort to correct the 'dryness'. This is known as 'reactive seborrhoea'. The dry feeling produced on the surface is called 'dehydration', indicating a lack of cell moisture rather than a decrease in oiliness, as many people are led to believe.

Dehydration that is allowed to continue, often for many years, can lead to the development of pimples and blackheads, a coarse skin surface, taut feeling, redness, flaking and even an older appearance to the skin all due to the lack of surface elasticity. Additional closing of the pores only encourages blockages. All these from a skin that is simply 'oily'. It need never happen.

Internal Dysfunction
When the oiliness and pimples are severe (as in some adolescent and adult acne conditions) one has to consider that there is an underlying cause of the condition. Acne does not happen without a reason.

Should the blemishes appear red, swollen and sometimes as itchy lumps which become progressively more painful and last for days or even weeks it may be an indication of an allergic response. This may involve a contact, inhalant or food allergy which causes a histamine reaction. Blemishes develop without warning and often heal without causing scars unless there is an infection. They normally appear at the sides of the face, jaw line, neck, chin, chest and back and the lesions can be extremely large. Should you suspect that you have this condition specialist advice is essential.

Oily Skins are Individual Skins
Just because the skin is termed 'oily' it does not mean that the treatment of every oily skin is the same. Oily skins differ in their degree of oiliness, types of problem and damage. An oily skin may be congested, dehydrated, blemished, infected, allergic, hypersensitive, couperose (dilated capillaries), damaged or 'post oily' etc. Each requires a different approach.

What is 'Post Oily' skin?
This is a skin that used to be oily but is no longer so, or is only mildly oily now. There are still open pores which means it must never be treated as normal or dry skin. Its history must be taken into account when prescribing a treatment to avoid 'over-nourishing' which can result in a soggy skin texture, clogging and blackheads.

Healing takes time
There are no overnight cures. The skin takes time to heal particularly when it is badly damaged inside. It is important to help the skin heal and minimise damage.

A well made cleanser with glycolic acid in it will
be your best choice.
Neostrata makes a great cleanser for oily skin..Its very gentle, makes a rich creamy lather and has glycolic and cucumber extract acid in it..Its the very best cleanser i have found for oily acne prone skin.
If you decide to try the neostrata cleanser make sure to rinse very well....i mean put your head under the shower until the cleanser is completely gone from your skin....use only cool water on your face.

Re: Some tips for oily acne prone skin. (Archive in skin.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 16, 2002 at 11:49:31:

In Reply to: Some tips for oily acne prone skin. posted by Deto on March 15, 2002 at 17:13:17:

Thanks, Deto!



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