Dealing with Men's Oily to Combination Skin
For the oily areas in men’s combination skin, use a well-formulated and pH correct BHA product in a liquid- or gel-based that is free from irritating ingredients at least once per day. This will help prevent oil blockages in the pores, reduce blackheads and manage acne blemishes. Salicylic acid, the star ingredient in a BHA product, is oil-soluble, which allows it to exfoliate inside the pore lining to keep dead skin cells and sebum or oil from generating problems. It is also okay to apply the BHA product over your normal to dry areas. You may need a more potent BHA product one for the oily areas.
Use an oil-absorbing facial mask when necessary over the oily areas. Do this after you have cleansed your face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off completely.
If you are prone to acne blemishes, use a product containing benzoyl peroxide, a topical antibacterial agent, over the acne prone areas. Start off with a 2.5% strength and increase the percentage if the acne blemishes are unresponsive. If you are sensitive to or your skin cannot tolerate benzoyl peroxide, then you might want to consider a dermatologist’s prescription options like clindamycin, erythromycin, tetracycline or Differin (adapalene) gel.
Use a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 with a matte finish. It may be necessary to use a light moisturizer or serum over the dry areas.
Provide the oily areas with antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients that comes either in a serum or toner form. Your skin will benefit without aggravating the oily areas or causing clogged pores. Ensure that the serum is alcohol-free and either silicone- or water-based.
If the oily areas become too shiny during the day, use oil-blotting papers to absorb the excess shine.
If sun- or hormone-induced discolorations are present, consider a 2% hydroquinone product in a gel-based and apply at least once per day to affected areas.
With these simple steps, the oily areas in men’s combination skin should be balanced in no time.