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6 Ways To Make Your Skin Less Oily For Good

If you’re tired of mattifying powders and blotting papers, then it’s time for a change. Read on to see how you can keep your oily skin under control for good.

Like many people, you may be born with an oily skin type. But that does not mean you have struggle with it forever. Here are six tips you can try right away to keep that oily skin at bay.

1. Start Using An Oil Cleanser

If you haven’t already, it’s time to invest in an oil cleanser. Most people with oily skin tend to avoid oil cleansers because they believe that using an oil-based product will make their skin even oilier. But think about it this way: Water attracts water, and oil attracts oil. You need oil to properly break down oil. Using an oil cleanser will remove excess oil without leaving your skin dry and tight. 

A gentle one to try is the Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity, a balm cleanser that transforms into a hydrating oil when you apply it on your skin. It dissolves makeup, excess sebum, as well as any other impurities with ease. This particular one is also formulated without artificial colors, synthetic fragrance, alcohol, parabens, and mineral oil, making it perfect for sensitive and acne-prone skin. 

2. Avoid Harsh Cleansers

Those with oily skin tend to gravitate towards cleansers that leave the skin feeling squeaky clean. But that’s the exact opposite of what you want to do. When you use harsh cleansers, especially ones that contain SLS aka sodium lauryl sulfate, they can temporarily remove excess oil. But they also go overboard to remove every bit of oil, leaving skin dehydrated and deprived of all moisture.

According to dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla, using skin care products “that are too drying can increase oil production.” So instead, use gentle, nourishing cleansers that will keep oil at bay while moisturizing the skin.

The Erborian Black Soap is a bar soap you’ll actually want to use on your skin. This is because it contains a nourishing blend of shea butter, sesame and sweet almond oil to hydrate the skin. It’s also formulated with purifying charcoal to deep clean pores and keep excess sebum in check. At the same time, centella asiatica and licorice root extract help soothe redness and inflammation while brightening the skin. With consist use, this cleanser will decrease excess oil, reduce the appearance of large pores, and help prevent acne. 

3. Exfoliate Regularly

When you have oily skin, it’s important to exfoliate on a regular basis. Excess dead skin cells will not only clog pores but also dehydrate the skin. This is because the buildup of dead skin cells prevents your skin care products from effectively penetrating the skin. As a result, your skin becomes dull and dry, and oil kicks in to lubricate the skin, resulting in an oily shine. 

Chemical exfoliators are especially good, since they help deep clean pores and make sure they’re free of dirt and excess oil. The Benton Aloe BHA Toner is a gentle yet effective product that will exfoliate the skin while also preparing it for the rest of your routine. It’s formulated with salicylic acid, a type of beta hydroxy acid, to reduce sebum and leave skin smoother and less oily. It also contains aloe and snail mucin to soothe and moisturize skin.

4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

The most important tip on this list is this one: Keep oily skin hydrated. The more dehydrated your skin gets, the more oil it produces. So instead of using harsh products that strip the skin of moisture, always stick with hydrating ones. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had friends with oily skin tell me that they skip moisturizing because they think it’ll make their skin even shinier. In reality, that excess oil is caused by not hydrating the skin enough.

If you’ve used moisturizers before and felt that they just leave your skin feeling greasy, that might be because you were not using the right one for your skin type. Look for water or gel-based moisturizers that deeply hydrate the skin without making it feel greasy. The Dr. Oracle A-Thera Cream is a great lightweight gel moisturizer that is rich with minerals for strengthening your skin barrier, and bamboo extract for keeping all that moisture locked in, and your skin hydrated for longer.

The Missha Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full Clear Cream contains baobab tree extract, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid and glacial water to add moisture, reduce sedum and keep skin nourished all day long. Plus, it has a gel-like texture that dissolves into the skin like water.

Another moisturizer to try is the Dr. Oracle A-Thera Emulsion. It’s lightweight and formulated with bamboo extract to deeply hydrate skin and green tea to soothe inflammation and irritation. This moisturizer is perfect for those with oily and acne-prone skin.

5. Add A Linoleic Acid To Your Routine

Research has shown that those who suffer from oily, acne-prone skin tend to have lower levels of linoleic acid in the skin. Linoleic acid is essentially an omega 6, an unsaturated fatty acid found within the skin’s surface lipids. When skin is low in linoleic acid, the oil in the skin becomes thicker and more likely to clog pores, which can result in increased oil production and acne. Supplementing skin with oils high in linoleic acid will balance oil production and help prevent acne.

One of the most well-known oils rich in linoleic acid is rosehip oil. Packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, it’s known to protect skin from environmental stress as well. The Radha Beauty Organic Rosehip Oil is a 100%, cold pressed oil. Adding just a few drops of this oil to your routine will keep oily skin hydrated and balanced. Plus, rosehip oil contains provitamin A, which you can think of as a natural form of retinol. It’s effective in regenerating skin, getting rid of excess dead skin cells and sebum, as well as smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.

6. Use A Clay Mask Every Week

Oily skin types should “consider [using] a week clay mask or clay foaming cleanser,” Dr. Mariwalla suggests. Clay draws out oil and impurities and reduces oil production to purify the skin overall. As always, be sure to stick with moisturizing clay masks that won’t strip the skin of moisture.

The RE:P Bio Fresh Mask With Real Calming Herb is formulated with kaolin clay, a mineral-rich clay, that absorbs oil to make your skin softer and smoother. This mask also contains crushed calendula and chamomile to gently exfoliate the skin while reducing inflammation. If you’re not into wash-off masks, the Ultru I’m Sorry for My Skin Black Mud Mask Tightening is an innovative clay mask that comes in a traditional sheet mask form. It contains clay, volcanic ash and bentonite clay to purify and decongest pores while infusing skin with minerals and antioxidants.  

Bottom Line:

Stripping your skin with harsh products to reduce oil will only make the oily shine worse. To avoid this vicious cycle, make sure to properly hydrate the skin. Doing so will decrease excess oil over time and make your skin balanced and nourished. 

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