Q: Good evening Dr, I have a problem with my face. It is always oily. Please help me, what should I do?
A: Oil on the skin is not a bad idea…it makes your skin nice and supple, reduces the appearance of wrinkles etc But you can have too much of a good thing! Oily face is one of those things.
Hormones, genes and even emotional stress can lead to oily face.
Well, there are a few things you could do to deal with the shine. Here are some dos and don’ts:
Do cleanse your face every morning and evening. In the evening, this particularly important if you use make-up.
Do not use harsh cleansers in the hope that it will remove all the excess oil. It could actually strip your face of its oils leading to even more production of oil as your face gives the feedback that it is very dry.
Do use oil-free cosmetics: make-up, moisturizers, sun screen etc They are also referred to as non-comedogenic.
Do use blotting paper. This is a miracle invention. Every lady with oily face must have a pack. Just a few dabs on the oily spots and you look red-carpet-ready as all the oil ‘disappears’
If these do not help, lasers and chemical peels may help. These procedures, you can discuss with your dermatologist.
People with oily faces are prone to acne/pimples. For more on acne, please click on this link:
Have a good night, great people