I’ve lived my life envying women with perfectly matte skin, hoping that one day, I would be able to make it until noon without turning into an oil slick. Unfortunately, as a woman with oily skin, this will never be a reality for me no matter what I do. Having oily skin can be a real pain, especially if you have acne too. You just always feel shiny and kind of gross.
But don’t worry! You can manage your oily skin with the proper tips and products. Oily skin requires a little more patience than other skin types, and you have to really pay attention to what it’s telling you. If it’s getting more oily, it’s likely because your skin is dehydrated and is trying to tell you by producing even more oil. If your skin is oily, you need these tips in your life right now:
You Absolutely Have To Moisturize
Many people assume that oily skin gets enough moisture from all of that oil, but this is not the case. If anything, oily skin needs more moisture so it doesn't overcompensate with oil. Choosing a moisturizer to suit your skin can take some trial and error. For oily skin, it's best to avoid heavy lotions and creams. Go for a lighter moisturizer like CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion or look for a gel moisturizer. My personal favorite is CeraVe Renewing Lotion, which contains salicylic acid to keep oil and breakouts away.
What You Should Be Using
Oil-free (or noncomedogenic) products are your BFF! You should always look for oil-free or products. You should also opt for products with salicylic acid to control your oil at keep breakouts at bay. Hyaluronic acid is also a great ingredient that is super hydrating without making your skin more oily. You also want to avoid certain ingredients like sulfates and alcohol. While those ingredients give you that oil-free and tight feeling, it's only temporary and your skin will produce more oil in the end. And yes, you still need an SPF! It can be difficult to find an SPF that works with oily skin so I always use a powder sunscreen like Peter Thomas Roth Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral SPF 30.
Be Careful With Over-Drying Products
Anyone with oily skin will be tempted to dry the heck out of it. Trust me, I've been there! But you have to be careful. Over-drying your skin will cause it to flake and peel while producing more oil to make up for the lack of moisture. It will also lead to breakouts, which moves you back to square one.
Use A Toner
When I discovered toner, my life changed. For some skin types, toner is an unnecessary step. For oily skin, it can make a world of a difference. Toner is used right after cleansing your skin and before applying any topical medications or moisturizers. Make sure you use an alcohol-free toner. You want something that will help your skin stay hydrated while removing oil. I use tea tree oil on my skin, which also helps calm and heal blemishes.
Blot, Blot, Blot
Oily skin is a real pain, especially in the afternoon when your face has undoubtedly become a shiny mess. Use oil blotting sheets! They are magic, and they won't ruin your makeup. Removing oil throughout the day will not only make you feel better, but it will also keep that oil from building up on your face.
Use A Primer
No one with oily skin should even think about wearing makeup without using a primer first. Primers are a godsend to us oily-skinned folk because they help keep oil under control and help keep our makeup on longer. You still need to be careful when it comes to primers though because a lot of them contain silicones, which can cause breakouts, especially in oily skin. When choosing a primer, look for something oil-free just as you would any of your other products.
While other skin types need to go easy on the exfoliation, oily skin actually needs it more because of the oil buildup. Oily skin can usually handle a bit more exfoliation because of this, although you still need to be careful not to over-exfoliate. You don't have to use a scrubby ingredient, either. Products with salicylic acid or glycolic acid are great for exfoliating oily skin and fading any red marks or spots.
Guess what? Oily skin is great in terms of aging. Your skin is thicker, which means it takes longer to start aging and won't show as many of those fine lines. So instead of cursing your oil skin, be thankful you have it!