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Oily skin can be a pain to deal with. Ladies with oily skin have to deal with their makeup wearing off, combined with the hot and humid Nigerian weather.

Here’s what actually happens underneath your oily skin. Oily skin occurs when the oil glands in your skin start to produce excess oil. It’s a natural process that you cannot stop, but you can take steps to manage and care for oily skin. Oily skin can be uncomfortable and unpleasant, but by having a good skincare routine and being gentle with your skin, you can ease the problem.

But there is one big advantage. Oily skin tends to age better and develop fewer wrinkles than dry or normal skin. So, it’s not all bad.

Tips that work to maintain the oily skin:

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  1. Wash your face twice a day: Having a good cleaning and skincare routine is the most important thing you can do to care for oily skin. Gently clean your face twice a day, morning and night, with warm water and soap, or a soapless facial cleanser. Use a gentle cleanser at first, as a harsher cleanser can actually increase oil production. Use your hands to clean your face and do not use a washcloth. Pat your face dry afterwards — do not rub or irritate the skin.

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  1. Use oil-free cosmetics: If you have oily skin, it is important that you choose cosmetics that will not add more to it. Check the labels carefully and always opt for “oil-free” or “water-based” cosmetics. If you can go without, try holding off on products like foundation. Keep your makeup minimal (like using mascara and lipstick only) to avoid clogging pores.

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  1. Use moisturizers selectively: Often, people with oily skin will steer clear of moisturizers, thinking that their skin doesn’t need any extra lubrication, but this is not true. Those with oily skin still need to moisturize. Certainly oily moisturizers should be avoided, along with anything that might further clog up your skin. Oil-free moisturizers, however, can help you achieve a balance in your skin. Avoid any moisturizers that contain lanolin, petrolatum or isopropyl myristate.

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  1. Don’t over-wash your face: If you have oily skin, you may be tempted to keep washing it throughout the day to tackle the oil build-up. Avoid this temptation, and try to wash your face only in the morning and evening. Washing more often can dry out your skin and cause irritation. You can wash your face more than twice a day if you have been sweating, though.

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  1. Be mindful of what touches your face: It’s a good idea to be mindful of what touches your skin. If you have greasy hair and it is falling over your face, some of this greasiness will be transferred to your skin. If you have grubby hands and keep touching your face, you will be spreading the oil around. Keep your hair and hands clean and off your face.

Written By Ugochi Obiajunwa

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