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5 Products to eliminate shine and manage oils in skin August 2, 2012

Good Housekeeping's Shine On AwardsOne of the biggest questions or concerns that I get as a makeup artist & esthetician is the concern of oily skin and how to minimize or control the oil.  With summer at it’s best right now, this has become even more prevalent.  As the heat and humidity increase, our skin sweats more and the oil secretion increases….thus ULTRA SHINE!  The last thing you want to hear is how much of a blessing this is for you…but it is!  This oil (or curse as you may see it) is a lubricator of the skin (and hair), protecting from dehydration and aging skin.  So the biggest thing you should know is you should NOT strip the skin of it’s natural oils as this sebum is a protectant from bacteria and maintains the pH.

The issue arises when the excess oils begin to block pores, causing blackheads and acne breakouts.  However, the worse thing you can do is cleanse with alcohol based products, strong soaps, or washing too often.  Doing this strips the skin of the oils and encourages your oil glands to produce what it feels is missing and thus making more oil and making skin worse.

Some products that are great for eliminating shine and managing the oil production (and are great for applying under makeup) are:

  1. DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser – gently removes excess oil without stripping skin of oils and leaving skin tight. *Note: does contain Salicylic Acid – beware if allergic to aspirin.
  2. Milk of Magnesia – can be used either as a mask prior to going to bed or a very thin layer (in the oily areas) under the foundation to absorb oil
  3. Embryolisse Hydra Mat – moisturizes while absorbing excessive sebum, while reducing shine
  4. Purely Cosmetics Oil Absorption Powder – great for use under makeup or as a light finish to diminish shine and oil
  5. Nurturing Force Oil Blotting Papers – 100% natural fiber blotting papers great for maintaining makeup application.

Ridding of oily skin March 15, 2011

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I was recently on a forum where a young lady shared her formula for ridding her oily skin problems.  Just for the curious, here was her formula:

  1. *Bioseptic ear clean (from CVS or your local pharmacy)
  2. * Jojoba Oil face cream (which she said you can also mix with an anti-aging cream or night cream)

Directions: Use the bioseptic twice a day as a toner.  Do NOT wash your face in the morning, instead apply the bioseptic followed by the jojoba oil.  Wash your face at night and exfoliate a few times a week – gently (ie: dermalogica micro-exfoliant).

Although I do not have oily skin, I was pretty intrigued by this post because I have friends and clients who fight with this problem and are always looking for a remedy.  As they always hate to hear, it’s a blessing to have oily skin because you age well.  Nevertheless, I went into my scientific research mode and here’s what I found.  First of all, I could not find a “Bioseptic Ear Clean” at my local drug store, nor could I find it online.  HOWEVER, I did find what it’s made of:

Bioseptic = deionized water, sd alcohol 1-b, camomile extract, hamamalis extract, bezalkonium chloride.

The bioseptic sseems to be a pH balance, which is the same concept as a toner. However, here’s how it differs – the first few ingredients are self-explanatory, the last ingredient (bezalkonium chloride), not so much.  This ingredient is largely used as a disenfectant or topically as a skin antiseptic (sometimes actively used to treat cuts and scrapes), also in hand sanitizers, hygenic towelettes/wet wipes, and eye and nasal drops (or ear drops).  In the end sounds like it will also help with acne.

Although skeptical at first, after my research this sounds like a great formula to reduce excessive oil production on the skin.  I would love to hear feedback if anyone is willing to try this regimen or if you need help formulating how to create your own bioseptic “toner”. 

Before I close out, I wanted to share that in my research I found that there is a “Bioseptic Soap” sold in the UN.  It has been found to eliminate an excessive amount of germs that our average soap sold here in the US will not.  The soap is called Bioseptic 7 and is said to be mild and moisturizing.   I have not found where I can purchase online, but if I have any followers with connections to the UN, please contact me.