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Oily skin? Don't strip it, control it: Steps to control oily skin

Woman washing her face
Woman washing her face
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Oily skin is tricky skin. Excess grease creates a weird conundrum of how to treat it. One would think, wash and rid skin of oil in as many ways possible. However, that only exacerbates the situation. When oily skin is stripped it tries to over compensate by creating more oil for the oil that's been recently stripped away. It's more of a control situation when it comes to oily skin.

If you suffer from oily skin and have struggled for years how to treat it, Velly Kirilova, RN from The Aesthetic Laser Group in New York will help to revolutionize your routine. It is best to make an appointment with her for a peel to refresh skin, but if you cannot make it to the practice these changes will help clear up your skin.

First off, do not over wash your face. At night wash your skin with a foaming cleanser such as Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox O2 Cleansing Foam ($24) or CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser ($12) will help remove excess oil without stripping too much away. In the morning, just wash face with cold water. Once a week use a Salicylic Acid wash like Aveeno Clear Complexion ($8) or Clean & Clear Advantage Oil Absorbing Cream Cleanser ($9) which helps to control oil. It would be too harsh to use regularly, but once a week will help to control the oil build up and clear pores.

After washing, use a Glycolic Acid pad such as Skin Deep Plastic Surgeon’s Formula or Steep Clean Mattifying Toner Pads ($38) from Bliss at night. The acid is strong enough to keep impurities away that can build up when skin loses some of its oils. In the morning, keep it natural, oil free to not effect skin, but remove dirt from sleep. Try Yon Ka Lotion ($41) by putting some on a cotton swab and swiping your face, especially where oil may build up.

Use a serum to help seal in moisture, but not oil. John Masters Organics Bear Berry Skin Balancing Serum ($24) is organic so it won’t react harshly with skin and help to create a layer of moisture. In addition to that moisture, you need to moisturize. Yes, oily skin still needs to moisturize, but keep it oil free. At night Neutorgena’s no nonsense Oil-Free Moisturizer ($12) helps to control oil and hydrate dry areas. During the day incorporate that SPF like Juice Beauty’s Oil-Free Moisturizer ($29) that has SPF 30 to protect skin from the harsh, aging sun rays.

This routine will change the way your skin looks like. It is important to let your skin breath some nights to keep pores clear. This routine should be used four to five nights and on the off nights just wash. In a few days time skin will start to clear up and oil will be manageable and unnoticeable.

Appointments with Velly can be booked by calling (914) 423-9000.

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