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The Best Skincare for Oily Skin

People of all ages and genders struggle daily with oily skin. No matter how oily your skin is, it is incredibly hard to find a starting point to counteract oily skin and prevent breakouts. When defining oily skin, you should look for certain symptoms like glossy looking skin or simply excess of natural skin oils. Derm to door is here to help guide you through the best skincare routine for those with oily skin. Here are dermatologist approved regimen tips and products to combat oily skin. 

STEP 1: How to Cleanse Oily Skin

The first step in any skincare routine, whether your skin is oily or not is finding a good cleanser. Cleanser is the foundation to any skincare routine because of the necessity of starting with a clean base. Cleanser helps remove any grime or dirt you may have on your skin whether you are getting into bed or starting your day. Gentle cleanser is a great place to start for oily skin, because harsh cleansers can often strip the skin of necessary oils. 

It is important to start off any morning routine with a cleanser so that your face is clean for the day. Often times products can build up overnight and cause breakouts if not cleansed. Throughout the night your skin is producing oils in your sleep so it is important to start off any day by ensuring you have a clean face.

After a long day whether you were working or having a low key self-care day, it is imperative to cleanse your skin from the activity you have been doing throughout the day so you can crawl into bed feeling fresh. 

You can use the same cleanser for both morning and night, or switch up the product if you want to opt for something different. Two cleansers that we recommend for oily skin are the Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream Cleanser and the Obagi-C Cleansing gel.

STEP 2: How to Treat Oily Skin

After toning, Derm to Door recommends treating your skin, personalized to your skin type.

In the day time Dr. Lily Talakoub recommend products with benzoyl peroxide to decrease production of excess oil thus preventing unnecessary breakouts. Our SkinKure Acne Spot Treatment clears pores and reduces sebum levels by 70%.

In the night time, we recommend using the SkinKure Wrinkle Reducing Retinol to cleanse pores and keep your skin looking young and glowing. Another great tool to utilize in the evening are face masks, specifically clay masks like the Revision Pore Purifying Clay Mask to aid with oil control. 

STEP 3: Moisturize Oily Skin

The next step that is absolutely necessary for all skin types is moisturizing. Morning and night moisturizers can differ. For the evening, we recommend a night cream that has moisturizing properties, while for the morning we recommend a lighter water based moisturizer. 

While you may think it would be counterintuitive to moisturize skin that is already oily, it is imperative to moisturize to prevent premature aging as well as ensuring hydration for your skin. Remember, your skin over-produces oil if it is lacking moisture. For oily skin, we recommend a lighter moisturizer like the Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Moisturizer that won’t contribute to oil build up. 

STEP 4: SPF for Oily Skin

An important step to prevent skin damage and premature aging is using SPF daily, (rain or shine)! It is important to have a form of protection in your skincare routine, so applying SPF as the last step in your skincare routine is essential to anti-aging. Facial SPF should be at least SPF 30 to ensure full protection. We recommend Elta MD UV Clear because it is oil free and mineral based. 

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STEP 5: Eye Cream for Oily Skin

Finally, you should be applying eye cream in the evening. No matter what type of skin you have, the skin around the eyes is incredibly thin and sensitive, and eye cream helps protect the area. Eye cream hydrates your undereyes and fights against dark circles and aging properties like crow’s feet and under eye wrinkles.

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Expert Tips for Oily Skin

Expert tips to help with oily skin include utilizing blotting papers to help with excess oil. These absorb oils that have built up on the skin throughout the day. Washing your face immediately after exercising is always necessary because the build-up of sweat can cause breakouts. Stay away from oil based products that will contribute to oil buildup on the skin, instead opt for water based skincare products. Lastly, manage your diet. Refined carbs can often carry a high glycemic index that can trigger oily skin. This includes foods like white bread, pretzels, white pasta, and more. Read more about foods that cause oily skin here.

In Conclusion… 

These dermatologist recommended products and regimen tips will help control oil and combat breakouts. It is important to cleanse, treat, and moisturize skin for optimal skin care results. Paired with usage of SPF, eye cream, face masks, and other oil control tips and products, your skin will look and feel its healthiest in no time!

Still not sure which products are right for your skin? Derm to Door can help! Receive a free virtual skin diagnosis with our easy to use app: download for iOSdownload for Android. Our Derm to Door app offers skin scan and treatment options (including prescription products from brand names you already love)... all from the comfort of your home at no extra cost. You can also text us at 571-766-8414 or email with any questions and we will even create a personalized skincare routine for you, free of charge!

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