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  OILY SKIN - by Editor

Is your skin oily If so, here's what you can do to combat two of the most common problems that accompany oily skin: pimples, and shine.

If you have oily skin, we have some good news and some bad news for you. First, the bad news. People with oily skin have more of a tendency to develop pimples, blackheads and whiteheads, as you probably already know. In addition, your face starts shining due to the oil, making it look dull and dirty. Now for the good news. The excessive oil keeps your skin more elastic, so you will develop wrinkles at a later age than your friends with dry skin will.

This is a basic guide to what you can do to combat two of the most common problems that accompany oily skin.


One of the most common causes for the formation of pimples is blocked pores. People with oily skin are more likely to have blocked pores, and so, are more likely to have pimples. Your best bet in this case would be simply to wash your face often, with a face wash for oily skin. Clean and Clear by Johnson and Johnson is fairly effective in this regard. How often you should wash your face differs from person to person. A good rule of thumb would be to wash it with a face wash at least 2 times a day once in the morning, and once at night, before turning in. If you are in an air-conditioned cabin the entire day, then you need not wash your face more than required, and stick to the once in the morning and once at night rule. If you exercise, whether your face is oily or not, wash your face also as soon as you are done with your workout. Wash it at the gym itself, and don't wait until you get home, because the perspiration will dry on your face, causing pimples. Similarly, if you travel by public transport and are exposed to a lot of dirt, pollution and warm, humid air, try and wash your face during mid-day as well, bringing it to a total of 3 to 4 times a day. Remember though, if you wash your face more than three times a day, use a gentler face wash like Dove, or wash it just with water.


How should you get rid of the shine that accompanies an oily face. The best thing would be to splash water on your face as soon as it starts looking oily, and wipe it gently with a towel or tissue. You could also wash your face with a gentle face wash when it starts looking oily, but, once again, don't use a face wash more than 4 times a day, as this may cause your skin to produce more oil.

However, washing your face during the day may not be very convenient, since you may not have ready access to a washroom. Or, you may have applied make up, and would not want go through the procedure of re-applying all the make-up after washing your face. In this case, consider simply wiping your face with an absorbent face tissue. Carry tissue with you in your bag at all times it always comes in handy.

If you are satisfied with the lack of shine after wiping your face with tissue, great! If not, then consider carrying a compact powder case with you. Dab on the compact powder lightly, making sure it blends well. The compact powder should not be visible as your face will then look caked, and you will look older, and may even look a little haggard. Your compact powder may cause pimples too at times, so if you find your pimples increasing after applying compact, stop using your current brand, and try another brand after a few weeks.

To avoid any problems with compact powder usage, the best thing to do would be to remove the compact powder as soon as you get home with the help of a face wash or a cleanser. Also, never apply old compact powder on your face.

Use oil-free cosmetics as far as possible. Also, apply an oil-free moisturizer even if you have oily skin, as long as your skin is problem free. Although many beauticians feel that moisturizer is a must at all times, I would recommend that you lay off the moisturizer if you have pimples, until your face is clear.

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Name: ash
City:   lahore
Comments:   my skin is also oily i just wash my face 3-5 times a day. it does the trick this help to control oil but like my skin the way it is .
Name: judy
City:   usa
Comments:   i have oily skin. i don't reccomend washing your face a million times a day because then ur skin gets dry and it irritates the skin. I do reccomend using rice paper as a way to blot ur face. they come in small sheets and work well since they are absorbant. You can carry them in your purse or anywhere. also if you live in the u.s you can use Clean and Clear Oil absorbing sheets. they work great and don't remove ur make up.... hope this helps...
Comments:   If one has an oily skin washing it with lifebuoy soap works wonders and also does prevent pimple prone skin to break out too often.
City:   kerala
Name: Nupur
City:   Macon, GA
Comments:   I have oily skin and what i do to keep it under control is to wash face in the morning .. apply foundation and the maybelline shine free powder .. it works great and during the day if my face feels oily use clean and clear oil absorbing sheets .. they do great things ... and ALWAYS wash your face at night ... and apply toner and astrngment . i works and also keeps blackheads away .. ~Nupur~
Name: mahnum
City:   lahore
Comments:   what i can do to control pimples and for spots too i have use many medicines and everything but no result.
Name: Dorothy
City:   Mississauga
Comments:   i wash my face everyday in the morning and before i go to bed. IT WORKS!
Name: Tracey
City:   Baltimore MD,
Comments:   Do not pick with your face it will only make it worse so try not to touch it .It will heal faster.Simply wash your face and the moring and night.
Name: Michael
City:   Port Harcourt
Comments:   wash your face 3-4 times a day. Drink lots of water and eat greenies. Also apply lemon juice and cucumber juice to your face
Name: Maria
City:   UAE
Comments:   tomato is a great remedy for oily skin - do read the article 'Tomato Me.' & michael.. cucumber + lemon juices should only be applied if in request of lighter skin.
Name: sanjna
City:   karachi
Comments:   i have pimples problem and oily skin problem and my skin is brown so plz solution me
Name: sanjna
City:   karachi
Comments:   i have pimples problem and oily skin problem and my skin is brown so plz solution me
Name: becca
City:   birmingham
Comments:   my skin is oily all the time and i have alot of spots please email me some tips
Name: kavi
City:   chennai
Comments:   i have a problem of oily skin and my skin is brown to
Name: sofia fathima
City:   hyderabad
Comments:   my skin is oily,i have all the problems what you have mentioned above & i also have a pigmentation on around my mouth,nose, and my look is a very hairy ie upper lips,hairs overall my face & neck.i feel very unconjusted with my friends. will you suggest shell i do the lazer treatmant or electrolysis.plz i will be waiting thanks
Name: nitisha
City:   mumbai
Comments:   hi, How to get rid of chicken pox marks I am 23 yrs old. I have just recovered from chicken pox. I had actually pulled out the skin from my face when the boils started drying down.Now i feel i will develop holes on my face because of that. Please advice.
Name: reena
City:   bahrain
Comments:   i have oily and drak skin. suggest me a good natural sunblock lotion
Name: sabeen
City:   islamabad
Comments:   hi i have oily skin i am 35 yrs old i want to tight my skin please help me
Name: samina shah
City:   karachi
Comments:   i am 39 years old i have oily skin and my skin tissues are starting to lose so i want to become a tight and fresh skin please advice me
Name: shazi
City:   lahore
Comments:   i am 38 years old i am much worried about my face because of dull skin of my face please help me and advice me as soon as posible
Name: aruna
City:   hyderabad
Comments:   hai, i wash my face three times a day,( morning,evening and in night).i think washing your face with Green Leaf Aloe Face Wash Gel for oily skin is best, because it works great. because it contains only naturals like tea tree oil, turmeric and a main ingrediant as Aloe Vera. but i think clan and clear is purely cosmetic and doesnot contain and natural you can try natural product as i mentioned above and moreover this face wash is a gel form which penetrates in skin instantly and works great.
Name: Sarita
City:   Delhi
Comments:   i have oily and drak skin. suggest me a good natural sunblock lotion
Name: manimenon
City:   chennai
Comments:   I have oily skin.Im using clean & clear face wash every day.can u pls tell me wat kind of talcom powder should i use.Im using hamam soap is it ok or any special soap is there.
Name: rina
City:   india
Comments:   i am 16 & my skin is oily &i have pimples & scars of pimples on my face & want to become fair please suggest some home remediesfor the above
Name: hai
City:   nagercoil
Comments:   iam having a lot of darkspots in my face.iam somewhat fair.iam also having the dark spots in my hands.plz help me.plz give me an home treatments for this.i want to become fair also.iam having an another problem my hair is very curly so that my hair is too short plz give me some advice to make my hair grow.and also tell me some gel to straighten it.
Name: shalu
City:   Chennai
Comments:   hi all. m badly searching for clean and clear oil absorbing sheets in Chennai,India. can any one pls tell me where can i get itpls. my face is oily and i want to get rid of it.pls.
Name: saranga
City:   mumbai
Comments:   i just wated to know if taking steam would be gud for oily skin n skin is v.v.v.oily n washing it jst twice a day isnt enough ..however since i hav started using himalayan herbals for oily skin my skin quality has improved,bt it lasts only for 34 hrs....please help...reply by email
Name: saranga
City:   mumbai
Comments:   the above one did nt mean 34hrs it meant 3 to 4 hrs.....sorry
Name: Priya
City:   Indiana
Comments:   Help,I m fair in color bt after washing my face it looks so oily sometimes becoz of oil it looks so messy n when i went outside it chnges my skin color,skin becomes reddish n oily to,it looks so messy.
Name: sam
City:   polson
Comments:   i have gotten darkspots on my face ive used some creams they dont seem to be helping and they have lightend some of my skin
Name: Angelica Infante
City:   bacolod city
Comments:   My face is really oily nad I have many pimples and blackheads! please help me because I´m inlove with kiko ramos
Name: noreen
City:   midlands. uk
Comments:   hi i am intrested in having a face peel procedure has anyone had it done and what were the results? pls let me know.
Name: Annie
City:   New York
Comments:   The best thing to do is apply cream or wash your face with a product that contains benozyl peroxide. Benozyle Peroxide helps dry out pimples and shed the top layer of dead skin from your face.
Name: Nayana
City:   Dhaka
Comments:   Washing your face b4 goin to sleep at nite is VERYY IMPORTANT for oily and pimple prone skin. It reduces break outs. Also applying medicine ´REGULARLY´ is very important to cure pimples. If u try to do all the things together like... curing pimples, removing spots, skin lightenning then its only gonna get worse. Skin problems should b dealed one by one. Regular Care can really Improve ur skin. So, Don´t give up ur hope..
Name: Nayana
City:   Dhaka
Comments:   Washing your face b4 goin to sleep at nite is VERYY IMPORTANT for oily and pimple prone skin. It reduces break outs. Also applying medicine ´REGULARLY´ is very important to cure pimples. If u try to do all the things together like... curing pimples, removing spots, skin lightenning then its only gonna get worse. Skin problems should b dealed one by one. Regular Care can really Improve ur skin. So, Don´t give up ur hope..
Name: anu
City:   bangalore
Comments:   i do take care of tell wether eatin fruits like water melon is good for skin..n does oily skin needs moisturiser..
Name: Rinku
City:   delhi
Comments:   My face is really oily nad I have many pimples and blackheads! please help me hw i can remove it from my face
Name: nish
City:   gulbarga
Comments:   my face skin is oily and there are white heads below eyes near by nose plz suggest to get rid of white heads
Name: julie
City:   kuwait
Comments:   my face is full of whiteheads,blackheads on my nose rash on my foreheads and pimples sometimes small n big my face is very oily
Name: samreen
City:   singapore
Comments:   for oily skin tomato is best for skin .and im using watermelon juice on my face and also a good for drinking
Name: mirah
City:   singapore
Comments:   I´m 15 years old and my skin is always oily,i have pimples n pimple marks because i popped my pimples.Now i didn´t do it again because i know it will leave marks.Right now,i´m using NIVE VISAGE DEEP PORE CONTROL FOAM and DEEP PORE CONTROL TONER.I realised my pimple mark is getting lessen up and my pimples is getting lesser too.Most face wash,you will get oily skin in about an hour.But,this face wash helps to control your oily skin.You have to use the DEEP PORE CONTROL FOAM and apply it in your face gently and washed it with water and pat it dry.After that,you must use the DEEP PORE CONTROL TONER and put a small amount onto cotton and apply it all over your face.The DEEP PORE CONTROL FOAM contains CARNITINE,ALOE VERA and LACTIC ACID.It will deeply purified and refreshed your skin,shine is visibly reduced and your skin will feel softer and smoother and it´s free of alcohol and does not clog pores and same goes to the DEEP PORE CONTROL TONER.Carnitine is a precious active ingredient present in the skin.This regulates the oil production deep down within the pores and skin cells, thus reducing the excess oil when and where the skin needs it.Next,it cleanses away dirt and purifies thoroughly,with soothing Aloe Vera.Lactic Acid helps to purify skin and prevent black heads and blemishes.For DEEP PORE CONTROL TONER,pores are refined and your skins feel smoother,your skin is cleansed of excess oil and has a matt finish and your skin is deeply purified and refreshed.Right now,i´m happy with the result.Eventhough my skin is still oily,it´s not as bad as it is before i used this skin care.Other than using NIVEA VISAGE,i make my own face mask.The ingredient that i use is white egg and lemon juice.I read it in a magazine and this face mask ingredient is specially for oily skin only.It works on my oily skin.I use it twice a week.Firstly,take the egg white and throw away the egg yolk.Beat the white egg for around 10 second and squeeze the lemon till you get 6 drops of lemon juice.Stir it for awhile and apply it all over your face.Leave it for 15 mins and wash your face with warm water.I hope my tips will make all of your problems lessen up...Till then,Bye!!
Name: khushbu
City:   mumbai
Comments:   for pimples u can apply lemon as it klls the bacteria and for oily skin lifebouy multani soap can really help to avoid pimples and soak excess oil from the face
Name: Himani sharma
City:   New delhi110018
Comments:   for pimples use medicines like clindamycin and alengel nd wash ur face twice a day it works a lot dam sure earleir my face hav had many pimples but aft using alengel and clindamycin my face become spotless and clear .
Name: sonia
City:   New Delhi
Comments:   hi my skin is normal neither oily nor dry its normal. i have some problems. actually i have dull and unglowing skin with dark circles. so please tell me something for my skin.
Name: megha nandi
City:   kolkata
Comments:   hello,i do have an oily skin as well as pimples but i found a great relief after using a paste of neem leaves & ginger grinded together it also helps to do away with the pimple(or any other) marks
Name: khaira
City:   blantyre
Comments:   I think you can also use this great facial mask .called egg yolk masque .it helps tighten pores .rinses off easily .it flatens them popers down ..and its helped me though im only a 13teen yr ol dpls dont get scared or feel alarmed ..that im only of a young age trust me it helps .and i als use claen nd clear
Name: shavi
City:   punjab
Comments:   i hav pimples n oily skin plz suggest sm easy jome remedy 2 get rid of it
Name: rakesh
City:   mumbai
Comments:   hi , my skin is oily and i have pimples on my face and holes of pimples also and no shine on face .. i want to remove pimples and holes and i want to make shine on my face ,,,but i have very less time bcaz i m trying for something which medicines is suitable for me who give me result very fast and dont have side effect plz suggest me . plz
Name: simran
City:   delhi
Comments:   i want an advice for oily skin and i want my face to be pimple free and marks free... plz tell me wat to do??
Name: abhishek
City:   baroda
Comments:   my face is full of pimples so please give me some useful tips and also which kind of soap and face wash and tube i have to use please......

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