Best Oil Blotting Papers

oil_absorbing_sheets_360x430I have really oily skin, so as the day wears on, I get shiny, especially around my nose. The usual oil blotting papers are those thin tissue paper things. They can’t even begin to handle all my oil. I’d have to use an entire pack.

Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are different. They are on some kind of blue colored plastic film, not tissue paper. They work really well at sopping up excess oil without smudging your foundation. You can buy these at any drugstore (in America) or online. Great to carry around in your bag for a quick makeup refresh or before photos are taken.

Best Acne Treatment

These are realistic results from using Accutane

These are realistic results from using Accutane

If you have moderate to severe acne there is only thing that is going to be a cure, and that’s the drug Accutane. For strange reasons, it has been made harder to obtain in the U.S. but it works. I was on Accutane for a year, did not suffer any side effects except dryness of the eyes (which got better once I was off it). It left my blemished skin clean and clear permanently. My girlfriend got the same amazing results when she used it. Accutane is a wonder drug for acne.

Birth control pills are another way to fight acne. Acne is caused by bacterial infections in oil clogged pores. The oil is from an abundance of hormones. This is why you don’t see elderly people with blemishes. Note that the pill can cause acne. If you get acne from the pill this means that particular birth control pill is the wrong formula for you. They have different formulas available to try.

There are other treatments for acne than drugs you have to take. Basic things to do are 1) change your pillow case daily. 2) Get a Clarisonic skin brush and use the brush designed for acne or get their Deep Pore Cleansing Solution. See my review of that skin brush here. 3) Use the Oxy products. 4) Try a topical prescription drugs to use for acne, like ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel 5%. For ingrown hairs use Tend Skin or No Bump.

Blue Light Therapy might work for you. I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve seen people at my medi-spa using it and it worked to clear their skin up. Tria sells an at-home use model called the Skin Perfecting Blue Light.

apa-101_med2aPhilips sells one for $135. It’s called the Philips Hf3321/60 Golite.

I don’t know if these at home blue lights work, and I don’t know if the Proactive System works.

If you’re on a tight budget, try the new facial cleanser Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. See my review of it here. Biore has a great skin care line created to fight acne.

The Best Toner for Oily Skin

Pure focusIf you have oily skin, like I do, then you know what a challenge it is to keep those oils from seeping out underneath your makeup. Nothing like seeing a photo taken with a flash and it’s all shine, shine, shine. It’s so bad for me, I can look like I’m sweating.

Before you apply your makeup, whether it’s foundation or just powder, use Lancôme’s Tonique Pure Focus Oil Controlling Mattifying Toner for Oily Skin . This is THE toner for oily skin. It has a low alcohol content, so it doesn’t work by drying. It is made with a special powder in it designed to absorb oil.

The powder settles in the bottom, so you must shake it before each use.

Sadly, this item has been discontinued, but you can still get it on Ebay.