How to Combat Oily Skin

How to Combat Oily Skin

Oily skin can be difficult to control. Hormones determine how much oil your skin produces, meaning there isn’t much you can do to change the fact that you have oily skin. In fact, it may be hereditary. The good news is that while you can’t change your skin type, we can provide you with a guide on how to manage oily skin. Try these steps for shine-free healthy skin every single day.

How to Know if You Have Oily Skin

The first thing that’s most important is determining if you actually have oily skin? Ask yourself a few of these questions and if the answer is yes for most of them then you have your answer. Are your pores significantly larger in your T-zone area (nose, forehead and chin)? Does your make up dissolve or “slip” off your face not long after application? Is your skin often shiny, particularly in a fast manner, say two hours after your cleanse? Are you prone to getting blemishes such as blackheads, whiteheads, acne and pimples? If you answered yes to most of these questions then you probably have oily skin.

How to Remedy Oily Skin

1. Cleanse

Cleansing is a crucial step in managing oily skin and you should be cleansing your skin both in the morning and at night. Use a gentle cleanser that contains salicylic or glycolic acid which can cut through the oiliness and truly clean the dirt, oil and build-up off of your skin. Avoid anything drying or products that may strip your skin. These products will dehydrate your skin, resulting in your skin producing more oil as a defense mechanism.

2. Use Toner

Toner is can be effective on oily skin as it can remove and leftover oiliness, residue and can help balance pH.

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliation is important for oily skin. Not exfoliating regularly means that your skin is building up dead cells on its surface and oil is unable to freely flow out of your pores. This causes clogging and can increase the appearance of pore size and produce blackheads. Use an exfoliating product with salicylic acid to remove any dead skin cells and reveal your best skin.

4. Moisturize Correctly

First of all, don't avoid moisturizing because you have oily skin and think that’s enough moisture. Use an oil-free moisturizer and apply to your entire face. You can be more sparing in your T-zone and show your cheeks and upper forehead more love if they typically skew on the drier side of the spectrum. We recommend a mattifying product in the morning so that you can go about your day not worrying about being shiny.

5. Clay Masks

Clay masks are extremely helpful in the fight against oily skin as they can remove excess oil and clean out your pores. Just make sure that when you use one, you don’t wait for the product to completely dry as this will draw out too much moisture from your skin. You should apply and let it rest until the mask no longer feels moist to the touch but is far from crumbling and dry.

6. Blotting Paper

This is your friend in need — if you ever realize that your skin is starting to feel greasy, blotting paper will be a lifesaver. Just dab a sheet on the affected areas to restore a shine-free look. Don’t rub blotting paper over your skin as this can irritate your skin.

7. Incorporate a healthy lifestyle

A healthy diet of leafy greens, antioxidant rich berries, citrus fruits and omega-3 rich foods is great for your skin.