While the L-Carnitine research offers promising treatment for oily skin, Dr. Joerg suggests that following a skin care regime may prevent or minimize the need for treatment.
Cleanse skin with mild, non oily cleanser.
It is best to wash the face morning, evening and after heavy exercise. Often gels work better than creams since creams may have more of an oil base. All products used should be non-commedogenic. Use fingertips to apply.
Avoid over washing and harsh, abrasive cleaners.
Over washing, instead of eliminating oil on the skin, may work to produce more oil because it stimulates the oil production glands. Scrubbing the face with harsh cleansers also encourages more oil production. “If a basic cleanser doesn’t cut the oil. Dr. Fox suggests trying products that include an acid such as benzoyl peroxide saliclylic acid, glycolic acid or beta hydroxy acid. These products may be marketed for acne, but are fine for oily skin,” Dr. Fox advises.
Use mild, oil free moisturizer.
Keeping oily skin well moisturized decreases oil production.
Commit to Flexible Care.
Skin is affected by many elements, stress, hormones, even weather. It is necessary to tailor products to oily skin’s current condition. “Products used to curb oil production during the steamy summer months may be too harsh in the winter,” Dr. Fox cautions.
Mask and clay.
Apply only to problem areas, and even then, use occasionally.
Use medicated pads and/or cosmetic blotters during the day.
Apply pad or blotter to oily areas such as the nose, forehead and chin. Avoid rubbing but hold pad or tissue to the skin for only as long as it takes to blot up the oil, 15-20 seconds.
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