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How do I decrease the oil on my skin?

Asked by Anonymous 1.86K Rep.

I have a lot of oil on my face. How do I decrease or remove it?

Anonymous answered
    Dr. Schultz 1.86K Rep.

    Since one can’t easily decrease oil production (especially without the use of prescription-only antibiotics like Accutane), it would make more sense to instead try to remove the existing oil. One can accomplish this with oil-removing cleansers and toners, used two to three times per day. When choosing a cleanser, find one labeled for oily or acne prone skin, preferably with 1-2% salicylic acid (Note: if you have sensitive skin, you shouldn’t be using a cleanser with salicylic acid). Just as important as cleansing is following your cleansing by wiping your face with a cotton pad with toner (a.k.a., astringent) on it. The toner should contain less that 10% alcohol (if you have sensitive skin, then choose an alcohol free toner). Lastly, apply oil free moisturizer to cheeks only if needed. Also, one should consider carrying pre-moistened toner pads during the day to remove additional oil as it’s made (i.e., in-between washing).

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