I live in Indonesia where it’s humid and I have oily skin. What type of powder is best?

Dear dr Irwin I'm shirley 32 , Asian skin living in Indonesia . I use to have very oily and acne skin but now it's getting a lot better. still oily but nt too much but I still have those old scars on my cheeks . I've heard people saying that's it's better to use loose powder than pressed powder for acne prone skin is that true. My acne is preety much gone just a 1 or 2 when I'm having my period . Is it ok if I use pressed powder instead of loose ? Im afaraid its going to make it worst again .Tq fr yr help

Here’s a practical answer since there’s no data on this.   Basically the pressed powder is fine just don’t grind it into your skin with pressure and force it down into the pores.   Pat it lightly with a sponge or puff or even better apply with a moderatly firm makeup brush.  

 The other problem is to keep the applicator clean.   With a natural bristle brush, just wash with a light, liquid dishwashing detergent and hot water by hand, dry with a paper towel and then air dry.  It will stay clean if you do that about once a week.   Otherwise, use a disposible sponge or pad and replace every week or so.   You don’t want to collect a ton of bacteria and oil on it and then be putting that on your skin.    

I hope this helps and that your weather there is better than ours right now – it’s solid rain!   Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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