How to manage oily skin

Skin care for people who have oily skin can be a tricky prospect. Many commercial moisturizers, even ones that marketed as non-comedogenic, can clog pores and cause acne. Many others have oils that can make the skin excessively oily and shiny. What occurs in most people’s skin care regimen is that the products people use are not strong enough to treat oiliness very well. Or the products are too strong and strip away needed oils. It makes the skin compensate by producing even more oils than normal. Therefore, people with oily skin usually end up trying to walk a fine line between not strong enough and too strong.

How to help your oily skin

One thing that is often enough to rein in an oily complexion is to eliminate certain kinds of products from your skin care regimen. Most commercial products have ingredients like sodium laurel sulfate or other sulfates in them. These ingredients cause foaming action. However, they also have a detrimental effect on your skin. Sulfates can end up drying your skin, which often leads to overproduction of oil. Many people use products with sulfates for much of their lives and have “oily” skin the whole time. This can cause several more problems as well. People with oily skin often resort to harsh exfoliation to try to keep their “oily” skin under control. This usually just makes the problem even worse and sends people into a vicious cycle of ever-harsher treatments.  All that is really needed is to just cut sulfates out of their skin care regimens.

What is a good face wash for oily skin

Glycerin cleansers and soaps are often better for oily skin than other cleansers and soaps.

Many commercial cleansers have detergents in them that are too harsh for the skin, causing irritation that the skin responds to by increasing oil production. Glycerin is a natural moisturizer that help keep the skin’s natural oils in place. However, when used in a soap it dissolves surface oils and gets rid of them. The effect is that the oils your skin needs to keep it healthy and moisturized remain in place. And excess surface oils are washed away. Washing your face at least twice a day with a glycerin soap may help keep excess surface oils from building up, reducing a shiny appearance on the skin and keeping the surface relatively dry.

Best makeup foundation for oily skin

If you use makeup, look for water-based formulas of foundations. An oil-based product is likely just to make your oily skin even worse. Many people opt not to use foundation at all. They instead use spot concealers covered with powder to even out the skin tone. Because the makeup with complete coverage often just slides off the face anyway. The less you cover your face with makeup, the more the skin will be able to “breathe” and slough oil and dead skin cells off.

“For women with oily skin, longevity of makeup is often an issue. Go for oil-free, long wear products.”  – by celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson

You can also use astringent wipes or oil-blotting paper to get rid of excess oil during the day. Salicylic acid wipes can reduce oiliness, but make sure not to rely too much on these products. They can often dry the skin. If you are having a problem with this, you may want to switch to witch hazel. It will keep your skin from overproducing oil and will prevent a shiny appearance.

Best acne treatment for oily skin

If you have problems with acne, you know very well how frustrating it can be especially if your skin is more oily.

Oily skin is associated with other skin issues than acne. Mainly blackheads and excessive shine of the skin. Also, women often experience sensitivity of their skin, making it an even trickier condition to remedy.

It is important that you take care of your skin. This might require more time especially in the morning and before bed, but it is well wort it. What you should put your focus on:

Remove your makeup thoroughly at the end of the day. Very good practice is also to double-cleanse.

Exfoliate regularly. It removes the layer of dead skin cells from the face that makes it dull-looking. In addition, it also prevents forming of pimples and clears pores in your skin. Make it a part of your weekly beauty routine.

Tone and moisture. As the oily skin has lower pH level than normal skin, a good toner adjusts the overall pH. If you skip the toning step, you give your skin no chance to even out the pH.  You also need a moisturizer for good overall skin health, even if you have oily skin.

Have you ever glanced in a mirror in the early afternoon and realized that your forehead, nose and chin are already reflective surfaces? Well, it might be time to upgrade your foundation. Oil-free is the buzzword again.

For the oil-free, matte foundations, I can recommend one of these products:

  1. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundatino
  2. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup – very good coverage and lasts up to 15 hours of shine-free wear
  3. Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Oil-Free Foundation – powered with rice powder to absorb excess oil and anti-oxidants improving skin tone
  4. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation – liquid-to-powder formula evens out spots,  heals acne scars and decreases production of oil
  5. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation – full coverage and increased collagen production
    Oily skin foundations

    Other good oily skin foundations worth consideration


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