Oily Skin: Part One


Topical Products that Help With Oily Skin:



Retinols occur naturally in the form of Vitamin A and can be synthetically made. Retinols are common medication used for acne but may cause redness, flaking, and irritation for some people.  Retinols applied to the skin decreases dead cells from clogging pores.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid helps to fight acne by possessing three important qualities: anti-keratinization, anti-septic, and serves as an exfoliant. Salicylic acid keeps dead cells from clogging pores and it causes the skin to shed the dead layers of the skin cells which is the exfoliant element of it. The anti-septic feature destroys bacteria that promotes acne while blackheads or whiteheads are eliminated by the anti-keratinization of salicylic acid.  Anti-keratinization of salicylic acid will help to prevent those little white or black bumps on the face. The side effects may be dry and/or peeling skin.


Astringents constrict the pores and overuse can lead to drying out the skin. If too much astringent is used the skin will produce a lot of oil for those who already have an abundance of it. Due to the drying nature of astringents it is recommended that it is followed by a moisturizer. There is a rule of thought that argues astringents aren’t good for acne prone skin due the fact that pores are restricted by this product. The restriction is thought to increase the potential of an infection.



Related Articles:

Oily Skin: Part Two

Do’s & Don’ts of Oily Skin


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