10 Tips for Oily Skin

Oily skin can be frustrating, to say the least. However, there are a few things you can do to make your life easier. In order to better deal with oily skin, it's important to understand what causes oily skin - and what you can do about it.

The four main factors that contribute to oily skin are Climate, Hormones, and Stress, and Genetics.

The worst climate to be in with oily skin is one that is hot, and humid (Somewhere like, Florida, for example.) While you can't always control what climate you live in, there are some ways to combat the effects of climate on your skin. If you find yourself living in a hot climate like this, try to avoid skincare products with ingredients like coconut oil, wheat germ oil, or other comedogenic ingredients. These ingredients tend to be too greasy for oily skin and can clog your pores. Instead opt to use lighter products to keep your pores clear.

Another contributing factor is stress. Stress can cause hormonal changes, which can lead to an increase of oil production by your skin. While some products can help combat the effect of oil production, it cannot help the root cause - i.e. your stress. For this reason it is important to identify the stressors in your life and to actively take steps to alleviate them. Your skin and health will thank you.

Hormones can also play a major role in the production of skin oil. Fluctuating hormones can result in increased androgen levels which can cause your skin to produce more oil. To combat this, look for products that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and aloe, and avoid products formulated with oil. While the amount of oil your body produces is largely genetic, understanding how your skin responds to different products is integral in establishing an effective skincare routine.

Here are a few ideas and tips to try if you find yourself struggling with oily skin.

1. Use a Cleanser with Salicylic Acid
If you break out a lot, switching to a cleanser that fights acne and zits will keep your skin looking great! Choose a cleanser with 2% salicylic acid, which helps to break down oil in your pores, but doesn't dry out your skin too much.

Here are a couple to take a look at:

CeraVe Salicylic Acid Cleanser - $9

eva - Vitamin C+ Skin Clearing Serum - $14


2. Exfoliate Once a Week

Even if you have oily skin, it may be beneficial to try and use a gentler exfoliation scrub. Especially if you are struggling with your skin despite using a plethora of products. 

Here are a couple to take a look at:

Bior Charcoal Acne Scrub for Oily Skin - $6

Garnier SkinActive - $7

3. Don't Forget To Use Sunscreen

Proper usage of sunscreen, roughly a teaspoon of sunscreen on your face a day, helps to control oil and shine. UV light pulls water from your skin, causing your skin dry out, and trigging your skin to produce more oil. To combat this, use a quality sun screen over a light-weight moisturizer to protect your skin.

Here are a couple to take a look at:

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen - $33

Nia 24 Sun Damage Prevention - $49

4. Use a Moisturizer

Using a moisturizer is absolutely key to keeping your skins oil production under control. Don't skip it! A lot of people confuse having oily skin with hydration, and neglect to properly hydrate their skin. Use a high quality moisturizer with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and glycerin to balance the oil and water in your skin, and to give it that healthy shine.

Here are a couple to take a look at:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer - $44


5. Stick to Oil-Free Primers

Using a quality primer over your T-zone before applying your makeup can give you a magnificent shine-free finish that last all day long. It also blurs the appearance of large pores and stops your makeup from fading

Here are a couple to take a look at:

SmashBox Photo Finish - $33

POREfessional Pro Balm - $35


6. Don't Skip Toner

Often neglected, if you're having problems with your oily skin, consider adding a toner into your routine. Toners help regulate your skin's oil production, and using a quality toner with ingredients like lactic hydroxy acids can help the look and feel of your skin immensely!

Here are a couple to take a look at:

Pore Purifier Witch Hazel Toner - $11

DERMAdocter Ain't Misbehavin' - $39


7. Try a Skin Prep TONER

For extra oily skin, try using a skin prep toner before applying makeup. Apply to oily areas on your skin, especially in areas you tend to get shiny - like your T-zone - and let it dry before applying makeup

Mehron Makeup Skin Prep Pro - $12

D20 Skin Prep toner - $27


8. Use a Bit Less Makeup(Or try some new kinds)

Foundation can feel heavy, especially if you live in a warm climate - it melts into your pores and clogs them which causes your skin to produce even more oil. try switching to a tinted moisturizer with silicone, which will help form a shield over your skin and keep your makeup from going inside your pores.

Here are a couple to take a look at:

Erborian BB Creme Nude Total Sheer 5-In-1 - $24

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint - $41  


9. Switch To Mineral Makeup

Traditional mineral foundations are great for mattifying the skin, but they also prevent light reflection which prevents your skin from looking as radiant as it can. Using a super light foundation can help your skin look amazing all day!

Here are a couple to take a look at:

BareMinerals BarePro Liquid - $25

ColorScience Mineral Sunscreen Foundation - $55

10. Use Facial Blotter Sheets

Facial blotter sheets can be a life saver in a pinch! If your skin does begin to feel oily, don't just cover it up with more powder. Instead, try using blotting papers. I always keep a couple with me during important events!

Here are a couple to take a look at:

Natural Bamboo Charcoal Absorbing Tissues - $7

BellaJade Botanicals Blotting Paper - $12