Dr. Oz's Skin Moisture Calculator: The Oily Skin Plan

Stop shine and breakouts with these easy steps to dry out your complexion from dermatologist Dr. Howard Brooks, MD.

Dr. Oz's Skin Moisture Calculator: The Oily Skin Plan

Oily skin types tend to dry their skin out on purpose by using harsh products. This backfires because it produces more oil. This regimen will give you the perfect amount of moisture.

Step 1: Morning Routine

Rinse with warm water, no soap or cleanser. Follow with SPF and no moisturizer.


Step 2: Nightly Routine

Use an oil-free, water-based gentle gel cleanser and moisturizer. The texture should feel slippery, not thick. Avoid hard scrubs or sodium lauryl sulfate. Drying up the skin doesn't help, and all products should be fragrance-free so they're not irritating. Products should be labeled "noncomedogenic," which means it won't clog pores. Follow with moisturizer at night only.

Step 3: Oily Skin Mask

Once a week, make a homemade mask of three crushed aspirin with a tablespoon of plain yogurt and a tablespoon of honey. The honey and yogurt moisturize, and aspirin may calm down oily skin, redness, breakouts and reduce inflammation. The acetylsalicylic acid in aspirin is a close relative of salicylic acid, which dermatologists recommend to treat acne and for exfoliation.

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