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How to Manage Oily Skin

How to Manage Oily Skin

If you have very oily skin, you are probably frustrated by makeup that melts off in an hour or zits that keep appearing. Genetics, environments, hormones and daily activity can all contribute to oily skin. Here are some ways to manage it:

  1. Find a proper skin care routine. Start with a cleanser that works well with your oily skin. If you aren’t sure where to start, ask your dermatologist. Seeing a dermatologist early can help you control your skin as you age. As strange as it sounds, washing your skin with oil often helps treat oily skin. Steer clear of any type of cleanser or toner with alcohol. It may get rid of oil in a pinch, but it will be too harsh and will strip your skin of oils it needs and fatty acids that keep it looking young. Look for an oil-based, gentle cleanser and wash your face twice a day. Use toner only once or twice a week.
  2. Look for a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and avoid ceramides in the ingredients. Make sure to moisturize and hydrate daily because dehydration can actually cause your glands to overproduce oil. Mattifying cream can work wonders for you.
  3. Exfoliate once a week to get rid of dead skin cells. Anything more can irritate the skin and cause it to produce more oil. While natural home remedies are often great, some of them can actually cause your skin to become oilier, so use with caution. Avoid hot temperatures and steam in a bath or a shower because it can irritate the skin. Generally, if you have oily skin you also have very sensitive skin.
  4. Choose makeup for your skin type. Look for makeup that is mattifying and avoid anything that could clog your pores like liquid foundations. Mousse-based foundations, aerosolized foundations or powders are great for oily skin. Mineral powder makeup is also great for oily skin. If you need oil control on the go, carry oil blotting papers with you.
  5. Take off your makeup when you get home or at the very least before you go to bed. Let your skin breathe.

Do you have oily skin? What are some of your favorite cleansers, moisturizers, makeup products, etc.? Share with us what you do to tame the oil! Are you ready to try any of these tips? Did any surprise you?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing