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Oily Skin: What to Finally Do About It

Oily Skin: What to Finally Do About It
Even for women who take good care of their skin, an oily complexion can still be a huge problem.

How do you finally put an end to your never-ending oily skin?

Cleansers may be the most important step of your skincare routine, because if you don't remove the excess oil, dirt and pollution from your day, it can cause your skin to age and breakout. Make sure to start off with a good, clean palate which can be created by your cleanser.

If you are like the women at RadioMD, you have probably tried to use the hottest water possible, thinking that it would have a better chance of killing all that bacteria on your skin. The hotter the better right?

Not so much.

Something that you probably weren't aware of is that the temperature of the water you use can have a direct impact on your skin health. According to renowned dermatologist Dr. Doris Day, "You don't want the water to be too hot or too cold. If it is too hot you are really just burning your skin."

Toners have been frowned upon a bit in recent years, but they are starting to make a comeback. Toners have evolved to where many have added antioxidants and certain ingredients that can help balance your skin's pH levels. And, when you use a toner, you will get rid of some of the excess makeup that your cleanser missed. 

If you are feeling really lazy or maybe had a late night out, there are also medicated pads or cleansing pads, made by companies such as Neutrogena and Olay, that can also help to erase your makeup and pollutants. 

When it comes to moisturizers you don't need to focus on "oil-free;" instead direct your attention to products that are non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic. These moisturizers will help people who have oily, acne-prone skin. They break down the excess oils on your skin, but don't strip away the necessary moisture and nutrients. Also, look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid or niacinamide that have the reputation of helping with discoloration, water retention and breakouts. 

The BIGGEST variable in your beauty routine is sunscreen. Rain or shine, you should be wearing sun protection 365 days a year. 

Dr. Day shares the best ways to tackle your oily skin, as well as how to get a beauty regimen in order that finally works.  

Things to Avoid with Oily Skin: 
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Over-scrubbing  
Featured Speaker:
Doris Day, MD
doris day Doris Day, MD, is a board certified dermatologist who specializes in laser, cosmetic and surgical dermatology on the Upper East Side in New York City.

Her private practice includes national and international celebrities. Dr. Day is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and is a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University Langone Medical Center where she was presented with the award for Dedication and Excellence in the Teaching of Dermatology.

Dr. Day is a highly-respected and sought-after media personality in the area of cosmetic dermatology. She has written and spoken extensively in this area including hour-long documentaries on cosmetic procedures for the Discovery Channel.

She is also a frequent guest expert for Good Morning America, GMA Health, and The Mike and Juliet Show, and has had several appearances on CNN, Today Show, iVillage, The Tyra Banks Show and many other television and internet events, as well as features in major women's magazines including In Style, Allure, Vogue, Glamour, W, and Redbook. She has also been a frequent guest host for "Healthy Life" on ABC News Now, and has a monthly column in Health magazine.