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How do you treat oily skin?

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To treat oily skin, wash your face at least twice a day with detergent or glycerin soap, then exfoliate. Complete the treatment by applying aloe vera or rubbing alcohol to your face to absorb excess oil.

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  1. Wash your face

    Daily face washing is important, especially if you are treating oily skin. Wash your face at least twice per day. Some dermatologists recommend adding a drop of dish detergent to your face wash to break down oil and eliminate it from the skin. If the detergent is too harsh, use glycerin soap instead.

  2. Exfoliate the skin

    After washing your face and removing makeup, mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda with a gentle face wash. Massage the mixture onto your face, focusing on oily areas such as the nose and chin. Massage for a about two minutes, then rinse with cold water.

  3. Apply an astringent

    Once you have washed and exfoliated, apply an astringent to absorb excess oil and dry your skin. Rubbing alcohol is inexpensive and effective against oil. You can also use aloe vera gel to absorb oil and clear pores.

  4. Avoid moisturizers and oil-based makeup

    Washing your face, exfoliating and applying an astringent are effective against oil only if you avoid adding more oil to your skin. Steer clear of moisturizers and oil-based makeup that contribute to oily skin and clog pores. Choose water-based products instead.

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