How to Reduce Oil on African American Skin

Begin by rinsing your face with lukewarm water.

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Though oily skin shows wrinkles less noticeably than dry or combination skin, it is also susceptible to whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and blotches. Those with oily skin can control the oiliness in two ways. First, observe good lifestyle habits, including drinking at least eight glasses of water a day and minimizing the intake of fatty foods. Second, follow a daily skin regimen of cleansing, toning -- to remove soap film and to prepare the skin for a moisturizer -- and moisturizing the skin using water-based, oil-free products that work well on African American skin.

Related Searches:Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll NeedFace cleanser or a bar of soap specially formulated for the faceAstringent, skin freshener, refining lotion or clarifying lotionMoisturizer100 percent cotton face cloth100 percent cotton balls or padsEye creamSponge-type or soft-bristle facial brush (optional)Eye-makeup remover (optional)Suggest Edits1

Rinse your face with lukewarm water.


Cleanse the face with a bar of face soap or with a cleanser using a face cloth or cotton ball. Wrap the face cloth around the fingers as if the fingers were in a mitten.


Apply a toner, which can be an astringent, a skin freshener, a clarifying lotion or a refining lotion. Use a cotton pad or ball. Put one dot on the forehead, each cheek and the chin and rub in using upward and outward motions.


Apply moisturizer with a cotton pad or ball, putting a dot on the forehead, cheeks, chin and three dots on the front of the neck. Blend it into the skin using gentle upward and outward motions.


Repeat Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 at night.


At night, remove makeup from around the eyes using a cotton ball and eye-makeup remover. Rinse the area with lukewarm water.


Apply eye cream using the ring finger and moving from outer corner of each eye to the bridge of the nose.

Tips & Warnings

Cleanse oily skin at least two times a day.

When applying cleanser, toner or moisturizer, rely heavily on the ring finger to apply products and touch the skin, since it is the weakest and, therefore, gentlest finger.

When applying cleanser, toner or moisturizer, move the fingers in a circular motion.

In cooler weather months, skip the astringent or refining lotion and use skin freshener or clarifying lotion as toner.

In cleansing in the spring and summer, use a lightweight water-soluble lotion or gel.

Toners remove cleansing residue, prepare the skin for a moisturizer and restore the pH balance to the skin.

Sweat spreads natural oils, so in the summer blot the skin often with tissues that contain no wood pulp.

Do not use an astringent containing resorcinol, since it tends to darken the skin.

If using a facial brush, don't use a rubber one because it may harm easily bruised black skin.

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ReferencesThe African American Woman's Guide To Successful Makeup and Skincare; Alfred FornayHealth: Summer Beauty Basics For Black SkinPhoto Credit BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty ImagesRead Next:

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