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Oily skin is a menace that bothers lots of us. Looking greasy and sweaty on the daily is not exactly your goal, ever. While a little dew is pretty and youthful, when you lose control of the oil everything can go south. Is there a way to stop it?

The answer is yes. Tackling your oily skin simply comes down to taking care of it, and using products that are specifically made for it. If you follow a routine regularly, you will begin to notice a huge difference in your skin. Healthy skin is happy skin.


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Taking care of your skin is necessary, no matter what. If you don’t already, following a skincare routine will keep your skin healthy and youthful. Not only will you be able to manage your oily skin more easily, it will actually become less oily after time. Follow these steps, making changes where you see fit. Find what works well for your skin and stick to it!


With oily skin, choose a cleanser that is oil-free and also contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid fights oil by being oil soluble, so it can easily penetrate deep, clogged pores. Make sure to cleanse morning and night to keep your skin clear of makeup and dirt that may be present throughout the day. Another important tip: always wash your makeup off at night. Yes, even after a night out. Leaving makeup on your skin all night will clog your pores and essentially suffocate them. Without oxygen, the cells cannot heal and turnover quickly, leaving you with dull and aging skin. Nobody wants that.


Toner is important because it balances the pH in your skin. Cleansing often removes the natural oils from your skin, which may seem good because it’s so oily, but it’s actually not. Forgetting to replenish your skin after cleansing (besides moisturizing) could make your skin even oilier, since it’s trying to compensate for the oil it was stripped of. Use a gentle toner to add moisture and make your skin softer than a baby’s bottom.


Why moisturize when my skin is already so oily? Not moisturizing your skin could actually make it more oily. Similar to the toner above, without proper moisture your skin will try to over compensate for the hydration it’s lacking. This creates more and more oil. A light moisturizer that won’t clog your pores will work best for you, offering hydration but also not suffocating your skin.


When it comes to putting makeup on oily skin, it can seem pointless. Especially in the warmer months, your foundation seems to just slip right off because of all the oil on your skin. Don’t worry, there are lots of ways to avoid that. Find a few products that are made for oily skin, and experiment. Products work differently for everyone, so trying out a few won’t hurt anyone. Once you find the best combination, oil will be the least of your worries.


If you have super oily skin, a primer is essential. There are lots of different options, but go for anything that says “mattifying” on the label. Mattifying your skin from the very start will help it stay more matte and less shiny throughout the day. Choose a liquid primer or a spray primer depending on your preferences, and only apply a little. The less product on your face, the better.


Chances are, you know what foundations don’t work for you. Anything with “dewy” or “luminous” in the title sounds like a disaster for your oily skin. However, there are lots of foundations made specifically for oily skin too. Matte or natural finishes won’t add to the shine factor at all, so read the label on a foundation you’re thinking of buying. Foundations like the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation and the Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup will even out your skin tone and keep oil at bay.


Never heard of baking? It’s essentially another way to ensure your makeup stays put and flawless all day. Take any loose translucent powder and pick up a large amount on a beauty sponge. Dab on a thick layer of the powder in places that tend to get oily or crease, like under your eyes and around your T-zone. Leave it there to “bake” for as long as you desire. Do your eye makeup or eyebrows while you’re waiting, so the makeup has enough time to set in place. When you’re ready, take a fluffy brush to sweep away the excess powder. You’ll be left with smooth, matte and flawless skin that lasts all day.

Finishing spray

A mattifying finishing spray will not only prolong your makeup, but it will also make your skin look even more matte than just your foundation can. The fine spray will melt all your makeup together, preventing a cakey look and also making it appear more flawless.


When applying your foundation, try to go for a brush rather than a beauty sponge. Beauty sponges are amazing for so many different uses, but they also could make your skin appear more dewy. The moisture from the sponge will smooth out your foundation, but also add more dewiness that you don’t really need. A brush will blend in your foundation without making it look more oily.

Blotting papers

If no matter what you do oil always creeps up on you throughout the day, it might be a good idea to carry some blotting papers in your purse. Just blot on across your face to soak up the excess oil, and it won’t even disturb your makeup. If you don’t like blotting papers, translucent powder is an option too. Just carry a small brush and the powder in your purse to do little touch ups.