Solving Oily Skin Problems

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.

Read this article for more information to Get Rid of Oily Skin.

Help…I have Very Oily Skin!

Many of us have to deal with oily skin…some have to deal with very oily skin. Though there are tons of products available to get a clear complexion and reduce the oils, there are a couple of fundamental techniques and products you can use for help.

First, oily skin is generally caused by excess sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are located in the follicle and skin pores. They especially concentrated in and around the “T zone” located across the forehead, on the nose and across the chin area. Heat, general over-activity, reactions to skin products and enlarged pores can lead to increased amount of oil deposits on the facial skin – as well as enlarged pores – that trap bacteria, dirt and impurities – that can lead to inflammation, acne and blemishes.

Use an oily face wash that controls and regulates oil production. Most are formulated with Zinc. Zinc helps slow the production of oil from the sebaceous glands and helps your face remain smooth, healthy and oil-free. Oily skin face washes should be used 2-3 times per day.

If you need more help, try an oily skin face mask or a toner. These give you more “bang for your buck” and can help reduce acne, blemishes and the chronic “shininess” associated with overly oily skin.

If you think enlarged pores are a problem, consider using a microderm abrasion cream to gently exfoliate. Exfoliation is good for facial tissue. It can help clear pimples and oil as well as cleanse and purify tissue. It also helps promote regeneration of healthy skin cells.

Oily Skin Cleanser

Oily deposits often accumulate on the forehead, nose, and around the chin where the greatest concentration of sebaceous glands exist on the face. An oily skin cleanser can help regulate oil production and give your complexion a softer, healthier look.

Forming the signature “T” across the brow, down the nose and nostrils, and extending to the chin and neck, sebaceous glands secrete sebum. Heredity plays a pretty significant role as does heat, humidity and products you may or may not use on the facial area – even aging is thought to be a cause.

Oil can combine with dirt and left-over product residue to clog pores that can then lead to acne and sometimes rosacea. You can effectively clear oil skin with a mask, cream, toner or wash. The key ingredients to look for are Zinc or alpha hydroxy.

Zinc naturally, also known as Zinc PCA or Zincidone in its complex form, is well known for controlling oily skin. It helps regulate sebum on applied areas and is effective for use in cleansing and “purify” pores. Alpha Hydroxy behaves in a similar fashion. It is often an active ingredient in exfoliating products such as microdermabrasion creams and for acne care.

A little bit of research can help you find the best oily skin wash – there are several available that are effective. The key is to understand that getting and keeping an oil-free complexion may also require watching what you eat and considering the effects of the environment on your facial tissue.

Foods high in saturated fats are known to invigorate the sebaceous glands. For some, dairy products may not be your friend either. As I mentioned, high humidity and heat play a role as well.

An oily skin cleanser should be considered part or a well-rounded regimen that focuses on tissue health. Keeping your complexion free of dirt and unhealthy makeup is a great start. Using a purifying moisturizer at night works well also.

Anti wrinkle creams can help, though we recommend serums vs. creams. The best are based in Aloe rather than water and often contain ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid that improves hydration without the use of a cream base to address dryness, aging or wrinkles.