How to Treat Oily Skin

The oil on your skin helps to protect it, and also helps decrease the signs of aging. While it’s normal to have a certain amount of oil on your skin, excessive amounts of skin oil can lead to other problems including severe acne. So if you are concerned that your oily skin may look less than glowing, here are some tips for keeping that oil crisis under control.


  • Cleansers—One of the most effective ways to manage oily skin is to always use a gentle cleanser instead of harsh soaps which can trigger your skin to produce more oil. If you need more oil cutting power, try using benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid or beta-hydroxy acid. These may be sold as acne or facial care products, and they are great for dealing with oily skin. These are also available in an easy to carry medicated pad.
  • Blotting paper—Cosmetic blotting paper is an excellent option for removing excess oil because it won’t dry out your skin. Just press the paper into oily parts of your forehead, nose and chin, but don’t rub. The paper will absorb the oil in about 20 seconds.
  • Masks and clays—These should be used only occasionally because there is a tendency for the skin to become too dry.
  • Moisturizer—Oddly enough, even though your skin may appear to be moist, your oily skin still needs a moisturizer to look best. To prevent an oily sheen, use an oil-free moisturizer.


Since everyone’s skin is unique, and usually includes both oily and dry areas, it’s best to enlist the help of a dermatologist to help choose the best products for your skin type. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.