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There are many internal and external causes of damage to one’s skin and it is important to ensure that skin does not become damaged. One way to do this is to exfoliate. This method peels away the outer layer of skin, resulting in a smoother, suppler appearance. Exfoliation is particularly appropriate for those with an oily skin type. This skin type often results in clogged pores, which can lead to the formation of acne and blackheads when exposed to dust or pollution.

However, when exfoliating oily skin, it is important to remember that exfoliation can cause dryness, which may in fact only lead to more production of oil. Therefore, care needs to be taken with regard to choosing exfoliation products. Here, we will examine the various approaches to exfoliation and look at some products and procedures that can assist in the proper exfoliation of skin.


When using an exfoliating cleanser, the following method should be employed. After wetting the skin, apply the cleanser using a loofah, sponge or exfoliating gloves. Then, scrub the skin using a gentle circular motion, ensuring care is taken around sensitive areas - rubbing too hard can damage skin tissue. As the skin becomes dry, apply a moisturizer - this will maintain balance even in oily skin. With regard to body lotions, non-comedogenic lotions should be chosen by those with oily skin types.

Home-made masks

If one desires a home-made, natural approach, the following techniques and procedures can be useful. Using natural materials can help one avoid potentially harmful chemicals. An egg facial mask can be applied to oily skin. To prepare this mask, beat some egg whites in a bowl until they are frothy. Then, stir in two or three drops of lemon juice and apply the result evenly over the face and neck. After it dries, rinse off with cold water. The lemon juice helps with controlling acne and blackheads and the mixture will make pores appear tighter, thus decreasing oil production.

Another good home-made mask for oily skin uses apple and honey. First, grate an apple and then mix it in a bowl with honey until a thick paste is formed. As with the previous mix, spread over the face and neck, leave for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.

Hopefully, trying these methods will be of some assistance to you should you choose to exfoliate your skin regularly. These techniques should help one achieve the ideal of soft, hydrated skin but it must be pointed out that a certain amount of trial and error is required with regard to skin care. Try to find the approach that best suits your skin.

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