caramix3a wrote: »
"Also make sure your skin is properly hydrated. Lots of folks' skin pumps out obscene amounts of oil to overcompensate from the stripping effects of oil-control washes, etc, where the skin was not poperly hydrated after cleansing."
So very true! Often people's skin WILL over-compensate by becoming even oilier with such harsh washes. After a certain point, one can only do so much "oil-free" this and that. Although it might sound counter-intuitive, using a GENTLER cleanser can make a big difference. Using harsh cleansers over the long term just strips the skin of good stuff too, like one's skin barrier function, oil and natural hydration, making things worse. But if skin is naturally oily, nothing will change the basic skin type, just balance it out somewhat. People often discount cleansers' importance, because "they're not on the skin that long" or "they just wash down the drain". Not so - give a gentler cleanser a try. CeraVe Foaming for oilier skin is not too harsh at all. Something else to look into that any number of people have had success with is the Oil Cleansing Method, with oil. Before oily-skinned anyone runs off screaming from the idea of this, google it, and read people's accounts. It might work for you, and is very inexpensive to try too, so if it doesn't you're not out much money.
If it's any comfort at all, you'll be glad you have the skin oil when you get older, because skins with any degree of oil in them tend to wrinkle a good bit more slowly. Hope this helps.
A harsh cleanser will strip your skin of the oil that's there, making you feel dry, and making the oil production after the dry feeling seem like more oil production than it is.
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