How to Take Care of the Oily Skin on the Face

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To take care of oily skin, be sure to get a cleanser for oily skin and use a light weight, oil-free moisturizer. Maintain a good skin care regimen with advice from a dermatologist in this free video on taking care of oily skin on the face.

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I'm Dr. Rosalyn George from Wilmington Dermatology Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. And I'd like to give you some tips on caring for oily skin. Unfortunately, people are programed to have oily skin and they get that in their genetics. People won't notice that they have oily skin, until their hormones start at puberty. And then, they really need to start on a skin care program specifically designed for oily skin. The first thing I tell people to do, is get a cleanser that's made for oily skin, foaming or gel cleansers are usually the best. And products like Glycolic acid, Lactic acid and Salicylic acid, are good things to look for, in a cleanser. The next thing, I tell people to do, is not to overly cleanse. People with oily skin think that their skin is dirty and so they tend to wash it. And all that does, is precipitate your skin to produce more oil. You still want to moisturize oily skin, you just might not to do it, have to do it as frequently, as people with dry skin. And you want to look for a light weight, oil-free moisturizer. The other thing is, there are products that can be given to you by a dermatologist, so seek professional help. There are things that they can give you, like Retinoids or Retin-A. That help decrease the amount of oil that you produce. There are chemical peels or Microdermabrasion, is also a good maintenance regimen for people with oily skin. That was some basic information, but before you start any skin care program or have any procedures. Please consult with your dermatologist or skin care specialist.

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