Taking Control of Your Oily Skin

Everybody wants to have glowing skin, but when you walk the line between glow and grease too closely, it can become all-consuming. So many people are self-conscious about their oily skin and will do anything to hide or fix it. Oily skin is caused by the overproduction of sebum and it can be genetic or from improper skin care. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to control the shine and feel like your best self.


It may seem counterproductive to moisturize oily skin, but this is one of the most beneficial things you can do. People far too often confuse oil for moisture assuming that if they add a moisturizer to their skincare routine the result will be more oil. However, balancing the oil and water in the skin is vital to controlling oil production. Using a lightweight moisturizer with hyaluronic acid or hydrating ingredients like glycerin even once a day will help create that balance and will help improve your skin.

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Avoid Stripping Your Skin

As someone with oily skin, I know the first instinct is far too often to get rid of all the oil. If you are using the wrong product or a product too often, it can strip the skin which can be very damaging. The natural oil protects the skin, so a normal amount is necessary to keep the skin balanced and healthy. If after cleansing, exfoliating, or even using a mask intended for another skin type you notice your skin feels unusually tight; you’ve probably stripped your skin. Many people confuse the tightness as a smooth, supple feeling and assume they’ve done something right. Surprisingly, makeup removing wipes are the biggest culprit of skin-stripping as many of them have harsh chemicals.

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Use a Toner

Toner is oily skin’s best friend. Using a toner after cleansing will ensure any leftover dirt or makeup that could be stuck in your pores is gone. It is very important when finding the right toner to avoid any that have alcohol in the ingredients. Alcohol will dry the skin out and make achieving that perfect hydration to oil ratio impossible to achieve.

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Consider Changing Your Makeup Routine with the Seasons

If you live somewhere with humid summers, dry winters, or are traveling to a different climate, changing up your makeup routine can have an extremely positive effect on your skin. Avoiding heavy foundation in the warmer, more humid months will help ensure your pores don’t clog and produce more oil. In the dryer months, using an oil-free primer and moisturizer are great for keeping the skin hydrated.

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If you don’t already, consider using sunscreen daily. Not only will it be beneficial for your overall skin health, but according to dermatologists protection from UV rays will help keep the water to oil ratio in the skin balanced. Using a mineral-based sunscreen under moisturizer or makeup can help keep oily skin in check all day.

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Try and Try Again

The most important thing is to find the skin care that works for you. That may take a lot of trial and error. Don’t be afraid to try new products or switch up your skincare routine with the changing seasons. What works best for your skin may not be what works for your friends.