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yea this is a goofy question...

I am new and i have been working 12 hours shifts. Well needless to say, my days are crazy and run my butt off. So 6 hours into my shift my face starts getting really oily. There is nothing i can do b/c I am so busy. I tried using some astringents in the morning before work. I use tissues at work to wipe off my face, but I am still breaking out. I have never in my life had pimples and now i do.

Does anyone know of any products that might keep my face from getting oily during my crazy shift.

queenjean

Has 9 years experience.

I notice this, too (on me, not on you!). I have bought some rosewater (it's a witchhazel product) and some cotton balls. I keep that and a toothbrush in my locker, and about 6-8 hours into my shift I give myself 5 minutes in the bathroom. I feel better, more energized, and I'm sure I smell better when I do my 5am rounds!!

yea this is a goofy question...

I am new and i have been working 12 hours shifts. Well needless to say, my days are crazy and run my butt off. So 6 hours into my shift my face starts getting really oily. There is nothing i can do b/c I am so busy. I tried using some astringents in the morning before work. I use tissues at work to wipe off my face, but I am still breaking out. I have never in my life had pimples and now i do.

Does anyone know of any products that might keep my face from getting oily during my crazy shift.

You aren't greasy...you are oily (wink wink).... I had a similar issue. I started using Proactiv. No joke within I would say 3 days I noticed less oil build-up around my nasal folds, which was one of the worst areas, and within a week the "grease" was gone.

JoJo_Ga_Girl

Specializes in Neuro ICU, Gyn/Uro Surgical.

Dusting my face with a big makeup brush and cornstarch helps me a lot. I have really oily skin and using the cornstarch has made it look more like a dewy glow by the end of the day. I also use Mineral Veil by bare escentuals and it helps a lot. The cornstarch is just a lot cheaper!!! If you wear foundation, dust your face with the cornstarch or mineral veil before putting it on and then again afterwards.

all4schwa

Specializes in Neuro ICU, Neuro/Trauma stepdown.

i dont know what stops it from getting oily, although, i'm not surprised proactive was mentioned because i seem to to hear wonderful things about the product.

when i get oily, i grab a washcloth off the linen cart and scrub with cold water, followed by some toothbrushing. usually after i finish eating my lunch...if it's crazier than that, i just grab one of the many alcohol pads in my pocket and go at it. that would probably ruin some peoples faces, but i get to be a greasy mess and the alcohol cuts through it.

on a side note: camping, hiking in the summer-- we get washcloths wet and ring out the excess, then add some rubbing alcohol and put them in a ziplock. wonderfully refreshing and cools you right off!!

ps, that one was actually my bf's tip from before we got together!

bigsyis

Specializes in ER, Occupational Health, Cardiology. Has 24 years experience.

My fellow nurses and I found that a minute alone in the restroom with a couple of alcohol wipes would do wonders for what you describe.;)

donsterRN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Cardiac Care. Has 10 years experience.

You aren't greasy...you are oily (wink wink).... I had a similar issue. I started using Proactiv. No joke within I would say 3 days I noticed less oil build-up around my nasal folds, which was one of the worst areas, and within a week the "grease" was gone.

Proactiv is about the best thing ever invented. Controls the oily, greasy feel I sometimes used to get by midday, and worked wonders on the blemishes. I've used it for over 6 years now, and I don't intend on stopping!

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

I have used the alcohol swabs. They are portable and always available.

Trophywife81

Specializes in Med-Surg, gynecology.

As one very oily-skinned person to another, be careful about using alcohol on your face...in my experience, it dries you out so much that your skin then over-compensates by producing even more oil....definitely not what you want! As paradoxical as it may seem, a light, oil-free moisturizer once a day did more for my oily skin than years of twice-daily applications of alcohol-based astringents. Good luck :)

ICRN2008, BSN, RN

Specializes in Infection Preventionist/ Occ Health. Has 5 years experience.

I use a special moisturizer designed to absorb oil. I also keep blotting papers and pressed powder in my locker for a touch-up halfway through my shift. If I have time, I wash my face and reapply the moisturizer and powder during my lunch break.

I would also recommend against alcohol swabs for the reasons listed above.

deeDawntee, RN

Specializes in Travel Nursing, ICU, tele, etc. Has 12 years experience.

I too will add my vote for Proactiv. It has really helped my skin...and I am old...I was having adult acne and always have had oily skin, it does a very good job of doing a deep cleaning without stripping the skin. I really love the toner as well....it seems like it is very expensive, but it lasts a long time.... I would go on-line to purchase it, I know QVC sells it and Proactiv has their own site... if you buy it in one of those mall kiosks it is a lot pricier....

allantiques4me

Specializes in Brain injury,vent,peds ,geriatrics,home.

I just wash my face with water a few times aday,my face never breaks out,But it seems to make it less oily when i wash my face with water periodically throughout the day.

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