What Is the Best Cream to Use for an Oily Face?

Choosing a face cream can be tricky, especially if you have problem skin. If you have an oily face you may be unsure what the best cream to use for an oily face is; and you may have a problem finding creams that suit your oily skin than those with normal skin.

  1. Cold Cream

    • Cold cream is an alternative to soaps and other facial cleansers and is often used to remove heavy makeup and cleanse the face. This is usually a fairly heavy cream, but you rinse it away after using it.

      Cold cream can be used if you have oily skin, but you may not want the extra moisturizing cold cream provides as a cleanser. There are a variety of cold creams on the market, ranging from very rich to very light moisture, so if you do choose to substitute a cold cream for your facial cleanser and makeup remover, do so with one that will only lightly moisturize your skin. This will help retain moisture, but not over-moisturize your skin to the point of retaining more oil than what is washed away.

      Cold creams are good for people with combination skin, as it works well to get rid of oil and dirt in the t-zone, but also hydrates the chin and cheeks that may otherwise get dry with other cleansers.

    Moisturizing Face Cream

    • Moisturizer is a staple to keep your face looking young. While people with oily skin do not want to use a moisturizer that contains glycerin or dimethacone, they will want to find one that is oil-free, but still moisturizes. Usually these products are more of a gel rather than a cream base and they are marketed as "oil-free" or "for oily skin."

      Even if you have an oily face, you should not skip using a moisturizer. This will only cause skin to dry out and may cause the pores to clog, making it easier for bacteria to congregate in the pores, causing breakouts. By cleansing the skin, then applying an oil-free moisturizer, the acne-causing oils will be washed away and the skin will remain supple and fresh.

      Another ingredient to look for in a moisturizer for oily skin is for a cream that is non-comodegenic, meaning it will not clog pores. Oily skin is very prone to clogged pores, so it's important that the moisturizer not make this any worse.

    Specialty Cream

    • There are a lot of specialty creams available and many of them are for oily skin. One type is a cream that helps to shrink pores. While it won't permanently shrink the size of the pores, it will help to minimize them temporarily, minimizing the risk of acne forming on the face. This type of cream is very helpful to apply before makeup to help close down pores so the makeup doesn't sink in, leading to the possibility of acne.

      Another specialty cream is microdermabrasion cream. This is usually made up of two creams, one that polishes the skin and gets rid of bacteria, oil and dead skin cells, and a second that works to moisturize the skin. To use the microdermabrasion, you should first dampen the skin, apply a small amount of the microdermabrasion to the entire face and rub in small circles. Use a fair amount of pressure and rub for about two minutes, focusing on the rougher patches of your skin. Rinse the microdermabrasion cream away and rub a small amount of the moisturizer on your face. Be sure to choose a microdermabrasion that uses rounded beads rather than something with more jagged edges (such as crushed shells or nuts), these types may cause abrasions in the skin that could induce infection.

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