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How to Take Care of Oily Skin in the Winter

author image Kristeen Cherney
Kristeen Cherney began writing healthy lifestyle and education articles in 2008. Since then, her work has appeared in various online publications, including Healthline.com, Ideallhealth.com and FindCollegeInfo.com. Cherney holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English.
How to Take Care of Oily Skin in the Winter
Decrease the use of topical medicines for healthy winter skin. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Winter can be a welcome change for oily skin. With a decrease in humidity when the weather cools, you may spend less time blotting your face and powdering your nose. However, this doesn’t mean that your sebaceous -- oil -- glands will stop producing excess oil. Winter skincare requires adjustments in your beauty routine, but not a complete abandonment of the products you use on your face.

Step 1

How to Take Care of Oily Skin in the Winter
Wash face twice a day. Photo Credit Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Wash your face twice a day to keep excess sebum at bay. Just because you have less excess face oil doesn’t mean you should skip cleansing sessions. Instead, switch from a harsh medicine-containing cleanser to a creamy face wash that won’t dry out your face.

Step 2

How to Take Care of Oily Skin in the Winter
Moisturize your skin with a product that is not oil based. Photo Credit BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

Replenish the moisture lost on your skin with a water-based moisturizer. While the purpose of cleansing is to help control excess sebum, getting rid of all your skin’s natural oils will cause unwanted dryness. The right moisturizer can replenish water to help protect your face without leading to breakouts. Do not use oil-based moisturizers that can make your skin too oily.

Step 3

How to Take Care of Oily Skin in the Winter
Put sunscreen on every day. Photo Credit Goodluz/iStock/Getty Images

Apply sunscreen every morning after washing your face. Choose a noncomedogenic version designed for oily skin -- this type of product is designed to not clog your pores. To save time and money, choose a daily moisturizer or makeup foundation that has a built-in sunscreen. Sunburn not only increases your risk for premature wrinkles and skin cancer, but the drying effect can also increase oil production and subsequent blemishes.

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