Since we have all been teens, you know what I’m talking about. That shiny film that seems to drape all over your face; that slippery, greasy layer that makes you feel like you dipped your face in motor oil; that look of poor health that makes you want to hide your face and turn-away.
Well, whether we remember the reaction to oily skin problems to be quite so dramatic, its probably been a while sinc you’ve dealt with them. I have a 16 year old daughter, however, and the issue of chronic oily skin and the religious acne symptoms are alive and well in our house.
Its not just teens
I don’t mean to puch too much spotlight on teens, but generally they face the most problems and socially it affects them the most – or at least it seems that way.
The other focus on teenagers is that a source for excessive oiliness is the over-activity of glands in our skin. As with acne, hormonal and chemical makeup trigger secretions and raise vulnerability of symptoms of greasiness and pimples.
How do we solve oily skin?
Problems with excess oiliness are most effectively dealt with by applying treatment to localized areas with high concentrations of Zinc. In the proper formulation – generally not exceeding 1% by volume – Zinc regulates the physiologic activity of the glands and reduces oil output.
Zinc is most often combined in either facial cleansers or spot treatment toners – similar to StriDex. Witch Hazel, Botanical DAE, Aloe Vera juice are often combined ingredients. These help provide protection from high acidity and help prevent tissue from drying or cracking.
It is estimated 3 million Americans suffer from chronic and daily oily skin/face problems. While the emphasis is generally on the ever-present teens, the consuming market is for adults looking for a solution to a problem.
While there are numerous factors that trigger excess oils and deposits, heredity seems to be a major source and the use of Zinc-based products have been proven to be helpful. Toners, masques and facial cleansers have been shown to work well to reduce secretions as well as properly manage and care for sensitive facial tissue.
What are the best products to use?
I’d like to avoid being targeted for blatant promotion, but having worked with thousands of customers/patients, researched and consulted with numerous dermatologists, I know these ideas and products work well (of course, depends on the person and conditions)
- Facial Cleanser – Down and out…the best way to go for many people. Look for an oily face cleanser that has Zinc. No joke, I have had folks calling and crying within 2 days of receiving a zinc-based cleanser. For most, it works that well.
- Toner – I put this in second place and a “step 2” if the cleanser isn’t the answer. A toner is concentrated and often contains a stronger formulation. It is mostly used for difficult areas. Again, this is the back-up but can safely be used on a daily basis.
- Masque – Though very effective, I am tempted to throw this in the spa and body category. Very therapeautic in its makeup, yet a workable solution for controlling oiliness. I recommend usage weekly, though there is no harm for more frequent treatments. Of course Zn is part of the formula, red and green clays absorb skin oil. In this product, a derivative combination Zinc PCA is used. Keeping with th bath and body theme, the product also contains honey, hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil to help smooth, moisturize and soften.
Solving oily skin problems is not that hard…it just requires consistent use of products that get the best results for you.
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