Oily skin can be one of the biggest skin care annoyances a person faces. Excess oils can cause acne, overly shiny (even greasy looking) skin, and make you feel like you need to constantly reapply powder or wash your face.
However, your skin produces oils for a reason. Oils, also called sebums, are the way your skin keep itself moisturized and hydrated, according to Healthline. Some people’s skin produces more of these oils than others — and there are ways to tackle that extra oil without damaging your skin. Battling extra shine? Here are several ways to combat oily skin.
- Don’t Overwash
It can be tempting to wash your skin more frequently, but a regular morning and night cleansing routine is all you need. By washing your skin more throughout the day, you can strip the natural oils prompting your skin to produce even more oils to compensate. The result? Your skin is just even oilier than when you began.
- Use Blotting Sheets
Are you tempted to dust on another coat of makeup or finishing powder when your skin gets oily? Unfortunately, while this does mattify your skin, it also causes a buildup of product that can make your skin look cakey or unnatural. It’s good to have a little glow! Instead of adding more product, use blotting papers (available at most drugstores) to absorb excess oil without removing makeup.
- Use an Oil-Free Moisturizer
Even oily skin needs moisture! But it’s all about the product you pick. A lightweight, oil-free moisturizer will help your skin without adding to the shine. Avoid heavy cream moisturizers for the best results if you have oily skin.
- Use Makeup Primer
Adding a primer to your routine will help create a barrier between your oily-prone skin and your foundation. Primer helps hold your makeup in place instead of oils causing it to lose its “grip.” Be sure to look for a primer that isn’t oil-based, like this one.
- Try Charcoal Infused Masks or Scrubs
Charcoal isn’t just for your grill! Activated charcoal is a powerful skin care tool. According to Allure Beauty, activated charcoal “acts like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil.” This dry mask is a great way to give charcoal a try. Start by using once a week and increase as needed.