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Oily Skin Needs Moisture Too!

Have you ever experienced a dry, dehydrated feel even though your skin is more the shiny, oily type?

Have you ever experienced a dry, dehydrated feel even though your skin is more the shiny, oily type? How can that happen?

Perhaps it's the harsh, stripping products you're using to remove that excess sebum that contributes to breakouts. The truth is you can create a vicious circle by over-stripping with alkaline cleansers, salicylic acid or other products targeted to oily, breakout prone skin. Oil is not moisture and oily skin still needs moisture. You wouldn't water a plant with oil, and you can't expect your skin to be hydrated with oil either.

What works for oily skin? Hyaluronic acid, the skin's own moisture system, is one great product for oily skin. Hyaluronic acid loves water and each molecule will bind a thousand times its weight in water to the skin. Look for products that have both aloe vera and hyaluronic acid. This combination is a great way to hydrate and soothe the skin. Aloe vera also works as a delivery system for the hyaluronic acid.

If you use the right products, there's no reason you can't have the best of both worlds; fewer breakouts and a much needed "drink" for your skin.

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nik kampbell October 09, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Hi, thank you for your helpful information! I have been doing a little bit of investigation on my own to find simple and cheap solutions to acne and acne scars. I feel that in the past I have caused all kinds of damage to my poor skin. When I was a teen I didn't do any research on the skin care products that I was using before applying them. I have used benzyl peroxide, toners,and all kinds of over the counter products promising any kind of result. I think that the advice you have suggested above about washing your face to often or using to many chemicals striping the skin from its natural oils, is key information for me in order to rebuild healthy skin. When I was a teen I hardly suffered from acne or sensitive skin. I used to just get a minor pimple here or there which would usually only surface once every month or so, around the same time I'd get my period. I am now 22 years old and I am having worse break outs then ever before! Only recently have I thought to further inform myself about all aspects of what could be causing this and what process to take to get help heal my skin and get my confidence back. If you have any suggestions about herbal remedies or anything that is affordable, I would appreciate it. I don't not have the money to go to a dermatologist and can hardly afford natural remedies and over the counter products, so if you can keep this in mind if you do respond to my questions. Thank you for your time and help!
Erin Daughhetee December 12, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Nik, I'm glad that this article could help you. I would recommend finding a good cosmeceutical skincare line, such as Image Skincare's Clear Cell products. The prices are very affordable compared to other professional lines but just a little more than something you may find at wal-mart or other drugstores. It is imperative that you use good products on your skin, you will save money in the long run by starting with professional products rather than going from one to another over-the-counter treatments. Hormones can play a big part in your breakouts and sometimes it can be helpful to take a contraceptive to balance them and clear active lesions. I hope that I have been able to provide some useful information for you, please let me know if I can be of further help. Good luck!

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