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Oily Asian Skin Rules

Nov 16, 12:31 pm

     You’ve tried everything from the cheap stuff to the most expensive: antibiotics, painful Retin-A peels, acid peels, the list is endless. Sound familiar?

     Excessively oily skin is related to hereditary factors, but “Asian skin in Asia has a tendency towards sensitivity and hyper-pigmentation,” says Shirley Weinstein, Vice President of Product Development for Clinique, “Asian skin in the Pacific Rim is quite oily and shiny due to climactic conditions.”

     Asians in Asia aren’t the only ones who suffer from shiny faces and pimple eruptions. The number of myths and misconceptions out there leads to much bad advice, but one piece of advice everyone agrees on: stay away from heavy occlusive products.

Here are 10 tried and true rules:

1. Wash your hands first so as not to transfer the bacteria from your hands to your face.

2. Be careful about the cosmetics you put on your face. Use products that are anti-sebum, and anti-bacterial with sunscreen. Stay with oil-free foundations.

3. Do not was your face with hot water and rise with cold. Hot water may break capillaries and very hot water overdries skin, which, paradoxically leads to increased sebum production.

4. If you’re in your teens, stay with good soaps until the amount of sebum is somewhat controlled in your mid 20s. The best soaps are the transparent kind like Neutrogena. This contains additional glycerine and alcohol which combine uniquely to draw water from the skin’s surface, to dehydrate. Wash twice a day with gentle but effective cleanser or soap.

5. Use a clay mask once a week because clay is a highly porous sebum absorber.

6. Using wash cloths or Buff-puffs is the most common mistake people with acne-prone skin make. Excessive scrubbing can irritate skin and aggravate acne. Unless you use a brand new one each time, they are bacteria magnets. Use clean hands.

7. Remember the hairline which tends to gather dirt and oil each day even if you wash your hair daily. Hairstyling products also attract dirt and can leave potentially irritating residue.

8. Don’t use makeup brushes unless you wash them weekly. Always use 100% cotton balls and pads to apply loose powder. Stay away from pressed powder because they tend to attract bacteria with prolonged use.

9. For some, the sun will aggravate acne by producing more sebum. Overzealous sebum production is the cause of all acne, Stay out of the sun, or use a daily sunscreen of at least SPF 15. Use moisturizers for oily skin with built-in sunscreen.

10. Rinse thoroughly. There’s no magic number of rinses but you should be able to sense when all traces of dirt, makeup and cleanser are gone. If residue remains, moisturizers cant penetrate, makeup may blotch and irritation can occur.


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