Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Argument Against Using Astringents for Oily Skin

There are arguments for and arguments against using astringents for oily skin. Of course, you are the ultimate decision maker for your own skin.

One theory is that topical astringents and soaps don't work well on oily skin because they dry only the top layer of skin.

As the hair grows towards the surface of the skin, in a shaft called a hair follicle, it is conditioned with oil (sebum) secreted from the sebaceous glands. For some, the sebaceous gland overproduces oil, thus creating "oily skin".

For a person with oily skin, over-the-counter topical astringents and soaps may seem to be the answer to their oily skin problem, however, these products, for the most part, only dry the surface of the skin.

A better over-the-counter approach is to use one of the many topical moisturizers that absorb oil throughout the day from the surface of the skin, and condition the skin at the same time.

I talked to three different women who suffer with excessively oily skin, one being my sister. All three seem to have their oily skin under control with Mary Kay's Oil Control Lotion.
This is not a plug for Mary Kay, and I am not compensated for mentioning their name. But with the positive feedback I've heard about the product, if i failed to mention it, I would be doing a injustice to my readers.

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