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S.O.S for oily skin


I know SOS means “save our ship,” but sometimes having oily skin can make you feel like you are drowning. . . in ooze! I spent years trying to figure out how to get rid of oil skin (no longer a concern. . . age has its benefits!) Are you battling excessive oil? Let’s double-check the problem with SkinReading and see if you’ve got it right.

There are many misinterpretations of oily versus combination skin types. Often, a combination skin (oily t-zone, dry outer perimeter and cheeks) can be read as much oilier than it actually is. . . especially if the wrong products are being used. Residual oil can be left behind by overly-emollient cleansers intended for drier skin types. Too-rich moisturizers can leave combination skin slick and shiny-looking. (Did you ever have a photo taken where your forehead and nose looked like a mirror?)

Reverse this scenario and you have oil-rich skin types reading their skin as combination or dry because they are using harsh cleansers and surface-dehydrating astringents. The overly dried-out surface skin begins to crave moisture and hydration. It’s oily skin acting as if it were dry!

Here are a few SkinReading steps you can take to make sure you are not mistaking combination skin for oily, or vice versa.

Determine your skin’s oil production level by figuring out how long it takes to experience visible oil after your initial morning cleanse. Try this test. Use a gentle, oil-dissolving cleanser like Decongestant Cleanser and rinse off. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen and gently blot face with a tissue (a tip from one of our Facebook friends). Do not apply any other products. If your entire face gets oily within a few hours, you definitely have oily skin. If only the t-zone gets oily, you are a combination skin type.

Another quick tip. If you have visible or enlarged pores on the t-zone area and cheeks, oily skin is probably your destiny for the next couple of decades.

Of course, nothing tops a professional SkinReading for accuracy. Seek out a Bioelements-educated esthetician (find one on Bioelements’ spa locator.) If no one is available in your area, go to the “What is my skin type” tab for additional guidance.

You may feel like you are on that sinking ship, but SkinReading will send a lifeboat to get you out of that oil spill.

One of the first-ever licensed estheticians in the U.S., Barbara Salomone is the architect of the modern American facial. Since launching Bioelements Professional Skin Care in 1991, she has trailblazed the industry, incorporating nutritional supplements into topical skin care products, and pioneering the introduction of antioxidants, calcium, probiotics and lutein. Visit Bioelements on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube.

Comments (2)

Carrie Straatman says:
Sep 13, 2010

I’m definitely oily! Decongestant Cleanser and Beyond Hydration has been my lifeline. I follow up 1x per week with Pumice Peel and Deep Hydration (after I put it in the regrigerator for 30minutes!) This has definitely kept my oil under control. Thanks Bioelements!

Joan says:
Sep 13, 2010

I’ve found that most people with oily skin tend to skip the toner or moisturizer because they think it will make them more oily- which just causes more problems! (More oil, more breakouts, skin out of balance). SkinReading really helps you to educate your clients about their skin and how to properly take care of it.

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