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Taking Care of Oily Skin

There are four basic types of healthy skin: Normal, Dry, Oily, and Combination skin. And they are determined by genetics. 

Oily skin is caused by excess sebum production and results in a greasy appearance. Did you know that 80% of people are born with oily skin? This oily skin character can easily cause issues if overlooked—anything from a mild condition such as closed comedones to severe pursual acnes to even permanent scars. Therefore, proper care for oily skin is crucial. 

Let’s start with cleansing. Make sure to use the right type of cleanser. There are different types of facial cleansers – gel, lotion, or cream. Usually, the gel type of facial cleanser or a cleanser with salicylic acid to prevent/treat acne is for oily skin because it has an anti-inflammatory agent. It acts as a topical antibacterial agent due to its ability to promote exfoliation. 

Less is better when it comes to oily skin. After cleansing, follow with an astringent with alcohol from botanicals (or even alcohol-free astringent) to help cleanse your skin, tighten pores and dry out oil. Then it’s time to apply corrective serum when the skin is still damp. Moisturizer is unnecessary for oily skin, other than using a prescription such as Tretinoin cream to ease discomfort. Follow with physical SPF 15 or higher in the morning. One of the properties of corrective serum and Tretinoin cream is to speed up skin turn over. It’s vital to protect the new skin underneath the flaky dead surface skin cells. 

One of the most common questions I’m asked is “Can I use a sheet mask to keep my skin hydrated?” The answer is no. Oil from the skin is the natural barrier to lock in hydration for oily skin. You need to keep the skin surface dry to prevent bacteria from growing. A clay based mask with zinc and sulfur is the better choice for oily skin. 

The goal of skincare is a natural glow without thick layers of makeup, especially on oily skin. Patience is a virtue. There are no overnight results. Consistency with the right skin regimen and treatments will help you get the beautiful skin you deserve.

Please feel free to reach me @ info@revitamedispa.com if you have any questions about skincare. Remember- Relax, Regenerate, Revitalize!

Lily Seed Owner/Spa Director
Revita Medical Esthetics & Spa


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