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If you're always patting away shine, retouching your
faded makeup, and hiding blemishes, you have oily skin.
"Gauge your skin in the middle of the day. If your entire
face feels slick, that's the sign," says Fran Cook Bolden,
MD, a New York City-based dermatologist. (Many women
with "combination skin" fit into this category, and
can treat their oily T-zones accordingly.)
How to Treat It
Fight your natural inclination to cleanse your skin
roughly in hopes that this will help clear its surface.
Oily skin actually needs a routine that controls oil
while preserving the skin's moisture levels. Pick a
gel cleanser and follow with a fine-grained exfoliator.
In the morning, use sunblock during the summer, or an
oil-free lotion the rest of the year. At night, skip
moisturizer in favor of a salicylic acid-based spot
treatment if your skin is acne-prone. If your skin feels
dry, top it off with an oil-free or glycolic acid-based