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What is oily skin?

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Oily skin is acne-prone skin with open pores, a shiny complexion, blackheads, and pimples. Because hormones affect oil production, anything that changes your hormone levels may affect your skin. Some experts believe stress may trigger outbreaks of acne. Acne itself may stress you out.

To keep oily skin clean, wash your face a 2-3 times a day with plain soap and water. You can use an over-the-counter cleansing pad that helps dissolve oil and removes excess dirt from the skin surface if you can't get to soap and water.

If you have pimples, never pop or squeeze them. This can spread inflammation, make your acne worse, or cause scarring.

Use cosmetics and other facial products that are noncomedogenic. This means they don't clog pores. Keep your hair off your face, and wash your hair regularly to reduce oil.

From: Skin Care Tips for Teens WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Beyond Botox, Ben and Howard Kominsky, 2006. 

Patientsuptodate.com web site: "Patient Information: Acne." 

American Academy of Dermatology website: "How Dry I Am" and "Face Facts." 

SkinCarePhysicians.com web site: "AcneNet: 7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Acne Treatment."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 10, 2019

SOURCES: 

Beyond Botox, Ben and Howard Kominsky, 2006. 

Patientsuptodate.com web site: "Patient Information: Acne." 

American Academy of Dermatology website: "How Dry I Am" and "Face Facts." 

SkinCarePhysicians.com web site: "AcneNet: 7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Acne Treatment."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 10, 2019

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