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What is the best mattifier for oily skin?
It is a constant search to find the BEST product that really mattifies your skin and stays true to its promise when you have oily skin.  The first thing to ask yourself - What is making your skin oily?  For some, it's simply genetics, but for others, there may be products in their regimen or ingredients being used that are stripping or over-stimulating your skin.  First, look through your products and see if any of them contain a large amount of benzoyl peroxide.  This ingredient is popularly used in a lot of acne products.  If you are using a lot of products with benzoyl peroxide, this may be over-stimulating and stripping your natural oil (sebum) in your skin which causes your body to produce more oil.  Another question to ask yourself - Are you using a manual exfoliating scrub more than 2-3 times a week?  If so, this may be over-stimulating your skin and again causing your body to produce more oil.   The whole goal to having matte skin is to first minimize your oil production by balancing your skin (not strip) and then to find a mattifying agent that will help balance your oil production throughout the day.  The best mattifier I suggest is Murad's Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15.  The mattifying agent in this product is corn starch and it promises to control 78% of your oil for a full 8 hours! You can't beat that promise.  This product not only mattifies, but it's an oil-free moisturizer, has an SPF 15, AND prevents future breakouts.  It's great to find a product that has more than one benefit to it.  Check out all of the great reviews here.

What do I do with a cystic pimple?
A cyst is a bump that can appear on the face, neck, back, underarms, etc. It forms underneath your skin and can hurt and be red and inflamed. It may have a smooth surface and be different sizes. There are many different kinds of cysts, but I believe you are referring to a sebaceous cyst. It is basically a sac below the skin that fills with fluid like oil. It can be white in color or it can be the same color as your skin. You will want to pop or touch it, but please fight the urge! If you mess with it, it may cause infection and could cause a dark spot so be careful. The most important thing is to not touch or pop it.

So, what do you do? If you can, go to your dermatologist. Once you're there, he will most likely drain out the fluid by doing a small incision or if it's bigger, they may want to completely remove. Don't worry, it's a small procedure. He/she may even prescribe you with a antibiotic to knock it out!

Home Regimen: First if it hurts and inflamed, put some ice in a towel and hold on the cyst 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off for 2 minutes. You can do this throughout the day, use the ice until the redness begins to go away, and the swelling goes down. Second, you need to assess your skin type and start a skincare routine. If you're more oily all over, you will need to get into a cleanser and treatment that has all three ingredients like salicylic acid (gets rid of oil), hydrogen peroxide (gets rid of bacteria), and sulfur (brings out and decongests skin). Don't forget a oil-free moisturizer. Although you're oily, it is always necessary to hydrate your skin. If you are more combination/normal in skin type, A great sulfur based mask up to three times a week on the congested area will really help to speed the process of removal. The overall key to getting rid of a cyst will take patience and consistency. The bad news is it will take as little as one week all the way to three weeks to get rid of it. Of course, you can get rid of it faster by going to the dermatologist.

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