10 Ways To Combat (And Make The Most Of) Oily Skin

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Everyone's body is meant to produce oil, and for good reason - it keeps our skin naturally moisturized. Unfortunately, for some of us, that oil production can go overboard and leave us with an unwanted shiny look (especially when mixed with makeup - yikes). The good news is that managing oily skin is way easier than you think; it just requires a little research and experimentation to see what works best specifically for you. Any one of these tricks is guaranteed to reduce your shine, but remember that it can also be a blessing when moderated. After all, those with oily skin look young the longest!

1. Before doing anything, know what's causing your oily skin.
The most important step before treating any skin ailment is to first know what's causing it. Oil is caused by the overproduction of sebum by your sebaceous glands, which is largely determined by your genetics. The larger your glands, the more oil they produce. Hormonal changes, stress and diet can also play a part in oil production (we'll get into this a little bit later). Think about some of your daily habits that might be contributing to more oil, or if your family has a history of oily skin.

2. Resist the temptation to over-wash your skin.
Seems counter-intuitive, we know. However, when you wash your face too much, it dries out your skin. Not only does this cause irritation, but it creates an overproduction of oil due to your skin trying to make up for the oil it has lost. Try out a gentle cleanser that has 2% salicylic acid to protect your skin's barrier while breaking down excess oil. Don't forget to ALWAYS wash your hands before washing your face.

3. Blotting papers - AKA your new best friend.
This is a keep-on-you-at-all-times MUST if your skin is even the slightest bit oily. If you're halfway through work and your face is starting to feel oily, just dab with blotting paper and you're golden. A favorite of ours is the Palladio Rice Paper - it has a matte side to blot away shine throughout the day and a powdered side for occasional touch-ups. Love love love.

4. Try a toner.
Some toners are made specifically to help you combat oily skin. We recommend the Jane Iredale Balance Spray and the Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner.

5. Exfoliate.
Everyone should exfoliate. If you've got oily skin, you should DEFINITELY exfoliate, as you're more likely to have a greater buildup of dead skin cells. A gentle exfoliant once or twice per week should do the trick. If you're more prone to acne, another option is to use the Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque which is a more natural exfoliating mask that can be used up to 3 times per week.

6. Switch up your foundation.
If your foundation is too oily, you may benefit from either an oil-free foundation or a mineral powder, which will absorb excess oil like a sponge. A mattifying foundation will also work. 

7. If you're not up to it, try a mattifying primer instead.
A mattifying primer will absorb any excess oil prior to applying your foundation. It will also give your skin a smooth velvety finish while helping your makeup to last longer.

8. Find the right sunscreen.
The goal here is to find a sunscreen that's lightweight and also effective in protecting against harmful rays. Seek out keywords like "oil-free" and "non-comedogenic" on your sunscreen - your skin will absorb it more easily.

9. Consider a gel moisturizer.
Moisturizer can be a bit heavy at times, just like sunscreen. Sometimes a gel moisturizer is the best way to go, as it feels lighter on your skin and is absorbed more easily.

10. Be wary of your diet.
Sorry Charlie...cocktails, spicy food and greasy food are not your friends when you have oily skin. If you have a hard time resisting, try limiting yourself to one spicy/greasy meal per week, and definitely no more than a few drinks per week. Foods rich in Vitamin A are going to reduce oil production, such as dark leafy greens, fish and sweet potatoes.

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Posted by Sadie Upwall

Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.

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