Characteristics of Oily or Acne Skin


Oily skin often looks coarse, thick, shiny, with enlarged pores and overall dull appearance. Often, oily skin is characterized by the appearance of blackheads or whiteheads that might become inflamed, leading to acne.

How to tell if you have Oily or Acne skin


An easy test for determining oily skin is pressing a piece of toilet paper for about 5 seconds onto the freshly cleansed skin. If the paper comes out with excessive oil spots, it is a good indication of oily skin.

Risks associated with Oily or Acne skin


Other then its unsightly appearance, oily skin can lead to the development of acne and permanent scarring.

How to take care of Oily or Acne skin


  • If you have any white or blackheads, do not squeeze them as this can cause infection and inflammation, leading to the formation of pustules or cysts.


  • Cleanse the face morning and night with a gentle cleanser and do not scrub excessively.


  • Look for noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores) cosmetics and skin care products.


  • Moisturize the skin morning and night with a noncomedgenic cream or lotion to allow the skin to balance and to stop it from overcompensating by producing more sebum.


  • Drink plenty of water.

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