Most oily skin problems occur on the face, especially the nose, since
the sebaceous (suh-BAY-shuhs) glands which produce oil are more
numerous here than anywhere else on the body.
Your neck, chest, and
back also tend to have a higher concentration of these glands. While
the oiliness of your skin is determined mainly by heredity and
hormones, there are steps you can take to cope with the oil and avoid
making the condition worse.
Washing two or three times a day with soap
or a cleanser and lukewarm water can fight excess shine and help to
keep pores from clogging. Always wash your face before going to bed.
However, avoid hot water, scrubbing, or any cleansers that are too
harsh. Over-drying the skin will merely trigger the glands to produce
even more oil.
Rinse well and use an astringent or toner afterward to
remove any residue. If needed, pre-moistened cleansing pads can be used
to touch up oily areas between face washes. On areas prone to
breakouts, use only oil-free or water- based moisturizers and cosmetics.