Oily skin is something of a mixed blessing. On the plus side, it is slow to develop discolorations, fine lines, and wrinkles. Oily skin usually tans beautifully, rather than just burning and turning red. It has less of a tendency to freckle. On the downside, oily skin can look dull and muddy. It is prone to breakouts even when a woman is well past her teens, and large pores can develop that make the skin look coarse and rough.
Oil glands in the skin have a hair-trigger response and can be stimulated by factors both inside and outside the body. Hormones, foods that are high in fat, as well as hot, humid weather can provoke oil glands to work overtime.
The traditional approach to caring for oily skin has been to use cleansers and toners that strip the skin of all available oil, and scrubbing grains to remove some of the cellular debris that builds up on the surface. Results are not always that wonderful. Frequently, this type of aggressive cleaning leaves the skin dry and irritated. Some women maintain that when they remove the oil from the skin, it actually seems to stimulate the oil glands to produce even more oil a few hours later.
Fruit acids don't dissolve the oil, nor do they stop the skin from producing oil. Rather, they work on removing the top dead layer of skin, which is a combination of stale oil and dead, dry cells. This removal takes away the excessive oils without stripping the body of its natural moisture. Moreover, the removal of this layer stimulates the lower skin levels to produce a healthy, normal level of skin growth. Fruit acids may help diminish obvious pores because this top dead layer often becomes caught in the follicle, stretching the opening. By keeping the pores free of unwanted material, the pores can shrink in size.
The use of fruit acids for oily skin will
refine and brighten the complexion, making it look soft, less oily, and smoother. One
final bonus is the effect on water balance. All skin needs moisture--whether it be normal,
dry, or oily. In the traditional treatment of oily skin we remove the moisture when we
remove the oil. Fruit acids stimulate the skin to produce natural moisturizing factor
stimulated by a fruit acid holds a thousand times its weight in water. The result is a
natural plump texture without excessive oiliness.
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