Treatment Tips For Oily Skin And Acne

Oily skin is a big problem for men and women alike, because of the acne breakouts that can be caused by it. It is, therefore, understandable that oily skin can be frustrating.

However there are a few tips and tricks that can help tackle this issue, some of which are listed below.

Cleansing the Face

Washing your face twice a day, at least in the morning and evening, can be a good way to reduce oily skin and acne. Try to use a foaming soap or a facial cleanser over cream-type lotions and cleansers. Washing your face (or body if required) can also help reduce a sweat related acne called acne mechanica, which is caused by sweat staying too long on the pores after a gym session, workout etc.



Astringents are specially designed toners for oily skin. Astringents actively remove excess oil from the skin, and also temporarily tightens the pores. It is applied using a cotton ball or pad by wiping it over the face and neck region. Astringents can also be used to remove excess oil in between washings and remove the oily shine of the skin that appears during the day.

Using Oil Free Skin Care Products

Many skin care products have oil in them, especially leave on products like makeup, moisturizer and sunscreen. You may not want to have more oil than is already there so check for the ‘oil free’ label on these items. It is also advised to use products that are noncomedogenic i.e. products that do not cause skin blockages. Using water based products can also reduce the amount of oil that goes on to your skin.

Do Not Rub The Skin Too Much

It is a common misconception that scrubbing the face can reduce oiliness, acne and deep cleanse pores. This is not true at all. Rubbing the skin only worsens the texture of the skin and irritates it. So try not to disturb the skin much.



Exfoliating products and acne treatments reduces excess oil and can also reduce the size of large pores. Even though the size of pores cannot be reduced, it can be made to look smaller. Big pores, like acne, can be a big nuisance. Exfoliating products can also be used to make them look smaller as well.


Moisturizers, especially water based ones, are very useful for reducing oily skin. They can remove excess oil by absorbing it and crumbles to a powder that can be removed easily.


Dermatology is the study of skin and people who specialise in areas of skin are called dermatologists. A sub-study of dermatology involves skincare and improving the general appearance of skin for aesthetic purposes. This is studied by people in the cosmetic industry and the people who do so are called skin care specialists or estheticians.

Belonging to the studies related to cosmetics and cosmetology, skin care is almost like the non medical dermatology department. Skin care can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, where men and women irrespective of gender used makeup and cosmetics. They used eyeshadow and kohl for aesthetic purposes, but other skin care products were used for embalming, mummification, burial traditions and honouring their gods and goddesses. Egypt, though the most popular, was not the only place to use cosmetics. Cosmetic products were extensively used in Ancient Greece and Rome. Cosmetics had the same use then as we do today: improve the general quality of skin, reversing effects of the sun on the skin, removing freckles and lightening skin.

Unlike dermatology, the role of a skin care specialist or esthetician is primarily non medical skin care treatment. They typically work at beauty parlours and spas where their services are most likely required.

What Does a Skin Care Professional Do?

An esthetician’s primary role is to provide non medical treatment for the skin. They may be responsible for hair removal treatments or applying makeup. They may advise clients about skin care products and procedures or techniques. Most of the treatments suggested by estheticians are non invasive. In addition to these jobs, an esthetician may also have to disinfect the equipment used during these procedures, and if they are salon owners, oversee staff, skin product inventory and advertising.

Skin Specialist

How Does One Become a Skin Care Professional?

To become a licensed skin-care specialist, one must have studied a state approved cosmetology program. They may also enroll for a post secondary certificate or an associate’s degree. Anatomy of the face and skin care theory are the main topics of study under this course. The course also teaches about skin care products, chemical agents, safety and sanitation techniques, applying makeup, light therapy, as well as how to use specialised equipment and running a salon.

Usually to practice as an esthetician, one needs to have a license issued by the government. Most states have a minimum age restriction and require the applicant to have a formal education in the subject. There are even examinations in certain states to be certified as an esthetician.


Skincare has become a hot topic of today and different cosmetic companies are using the general dissatisfaction of today’s youth to further their skin-care products. Although skin care products like sunscreens and shampoos are quite important, some others are forced down the public’s throat. Try not to be compelled by advertisements and stick to what you feel you require.