Saturday, April 26, 2008

How To Choose A Cleanser For Oily Skin

By Katharine Silvia

People go to great lengths to rid their faces of oily residue, but harsh cleansers can do more harm than good. Your best bet is to chose a gentle cleanser. Fortunately, there are a number of these on the market.

Step One

Ask your dermatologist for a recommendation. Your doctor is an expert in skin care and may have found that one cleanser is better for oily skin than others. Cetaphil cleanser is often recommended by dermatologists, but yours might have seen better results with another brand or a prescription formula.

Step Two

Decide whether your skin is simply oily, if you have combination skin with an oily T-zone but dryness elsewhere or if you have acne. There are different cleansers available for different types of oily skin. For severe acne, talk to a dermatologist about medications such as Accutane.

Step Three

Set a budget. There are many effective cleansers on the market, but the price range is huge. It's hard to say whether a cheaper product is actually lower-quality than an expensive one. Brand name and packaging play a big role in pricing.

Step Four

Choose from popular oily skin cleansers based on your budget. Brands available in drugstores include Cetaphil, Ponds, Clean and Clear and Neutrogena. If you're willing to spend more, Clarins, DermaNew, Elizabeth Arden Ahava, Clinique, Lancome, Dr. Brandt and Shisiedo are among top sellers. A good plan is start with the least expensive brands and switch to increasingly pricey brands until you see desired results.

Step Five

Use cleanser as directed, unless a dermatologist tells you otherwise. In between cleansing, use blotting tissues to absorb oil rather than washing, which can lead to dried out skin.

Cleanser for oily skin

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Katharine Silvia

Beauty Expert Since 2001
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