Regardless of your age, oil – also known as sebum – is always produced by the sebaceous glands. Located deep within the second layer or “dermis” of the skin, these glands are most plentiful in the face, neck, chest, head and back – one reason that these areas appear to be affected by oil production the most. To get from the glands to your skin, the oil flow into nearby follicular pores, and eventually works its way to the surface. Here it plays a vital role in the health of both skin and hair.
“It helps seal moisture in, which gives hair that healthy sheen and helps keep skin plump and hydrated,” says Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology, University of Minnesota Medical School Medical and Director, Crutchfield Dermatology.
But in some folks too much oil is produced. Skin and hair no longer look healthy, but instead, greasy, slick and even dirty. One way to control that is with proper cleansing. But if you think you need harsh products to scrub away the extra oil, think again. Experts say that’s a big – and all too common – mistake. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself needing two different cleansers depending on the time of the year. In fall and winter when skin is naturally drier, you’ll benefit most from a super gentle cleanser. In warmer months, when perspiration can combine with sweat to make skin harder to clean, you may need a more thorough, deep cleaning product. Generally speaking the best cleanser for oily skin is the one with low Ph, usually containing AHA’s. This cleanser will go far beyond cleaning it will help chemically exfoliate dead skin cells, control oil production and healthy Ph of the skin.
In addition, both experts say you should never over-wash oily skin, even if your cleanser is gentle. Indeed, unless you’ve been mining coal or digging in the dirt, twice a day is usually enough.
Clay or mud masques can also help. Although there are no medical studies to prove that they work, many beauty experts say that these treatments can temporarily pull oil from the pores and soak it up, leaving oily skin looking fresher for several hours afterwards.
Professional treatments for oily skin must include extractions, chemical peel treatments and microdermabrasion is also very beneficial, but not recommended if client has any existing breakouts. Desert Bloom skin care center is offering many professional treatments for oily skin, if you have any questions and need help to choose your treatment please give us a call at (480) 567-8180
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