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How to Clean Oily Skin

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Those who suffer from over active oily skin, including the areas of the face, back, and chest, are much more likely to have lower self images as well as harbor anxiety surrounding the appearance of their skin. These same individuals are then told by professionals and by cosmetic companies to use drying agents such as benzoyl peroxide, alcohols, and harsh soaps to control the oil. However these messages are very outdated.  Think of using a cassette tape in a CD player!

Now we know that our skin cells contain receptors or proteins that recognize certain oils. If there are no oils around for these proteins to recognize then the receptors signal the skin to produce these oils. When that happens dirt builds up, old oil molecules get clogged into the pores, and acne happens. This can all be prevented through the application of moisturizing oils, exfoliation, and gentle facial cleansing.

When drying agents are applied topically it actually signals the skin to make and secrete oils such as oleic acid. That is why most people's skin feels greasy after only an hour of washing their skin with these harsh agents.

Instead using a very simple night-time cleaning method with gentle exfoliants and soaps then applying a non-hydrated lotion (lotion that does not contain the ingredient water) works the best. You may even see a reduction in fine line and wrinkles.

Steps for cleansing oily skin

1. Exfoliate skin

Use a soft and natural exfoliant such as dendritic salt or cane sugar to exfoliate the skin. If you use harsh exfoliants like walnut shells or sand you actually damage the skin through microtears leading to worse acne and possibly scaring. Work the exfoliant in a clock-wise circular motion. Typically these exfoliants contain a large amount of oil to help in lubricating to reduce microtears. Also, choose an exfoliant that contains more butter type of oils: shea, cocoa, and/or coconut.

2. Wash the skin

I prefer to use a face bar that has natural clays in it to pull out any toxins and reduce oil, but a very light cleansing bar/liquid soap would work as well. Again, use the same circular clock-wise motion to wash the face.

3. Apply moisturizing lotion

A night-time cream works the best, but many people prefer to use more butter type creams that contain a large amount of moisturizing oils. These creams contain mango butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, and other moisturizing oils. I use Miracle Whipped Facial Lotion, but have been known to use St. Ives. Work the oils in a clock wise motion taking particular care around the eyes and mouth. Apply a massaging pressure to the T-zone.

4. Use 3 times a day

At first you will only be able to handle the moisture at nighttime but eventually you will want to apply a lotion to the skin 3 times a day. You can try using a moisturizing cream at night for 2-4 weeks, then at night and in the morning for 2-4 weeks and eventually morning, evening, and night. Especially moisturize before you put on makeup. If this process is kept up over a few weeks time you will see a natural reduction in redness, scaring, acne formation, and a more even skin tone.

Try it, take pictures every couple of weeks, then report back to me! Let me know how it goes! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will respond!  

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