Problems with Oily Skin


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My skin is absurdly oily – particularly around my forehead, and tends to get worse as the day progresses. I’ve tried some products, but I think they’re too abrasive and tend to dry my skin out too much. What am I doing wrong?[/text_box]  [clear]

Do you have any recommendations on how I can maintain a more cleaner and fresher look? Any products you might recommend? Thanks so much!

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Solution to Oily Skin

I feel your pain! On any given day, I need to blot my skin and reapply powder at least 2-3 times. I have, however, found ways to make those touch-ups less frequent.

The first thing you want to do is to STOP DEHYDRATING your skin. Believe it or not, oily skin tends to be the most dehydrated skin. The reason? People with oily skin tend to use harsh, abrasive toners and pads to “kill” the oil. They also avoid moisturizing in fear of making skin look oilier.

What you’re essentially doing is sucking all moisture from your face. As a result, your body’s defenses take over.

Skin: “Help!!! I’m dehydrated! My pH is down … can’t… protect… self…”

Body: “Help is on its way! We’re sending protective oils up to the surface to balance pH!”

You: “Ugh!!!”

You may be naturally oily, but there are things you can do to make it better (and worse.)

  1. Wash your face with a gel cleanser once in the morning and once in the evening. Don’t over-cleanse. *Origins Frothy Face Wash, $18.50
  2. If you like using a toner, go ahead. Just make sure it doesn’t contain alcohol (which can be drying and dehydrating.) *Witch hazel works
  3. Moisturize with a lightweight, water-based product. Don’t put too much on, but don’t skimp either. Even oily skin needs a drink of water. *Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration $27.00
  4. Apply a mattifying gel to hot spots (usually the T-zone.) *Avon Magix Face Perfector SPF 20, $7.99
  5. Avoid wearing too much foundation – it can make the situation look worse. I like to apply powder foundation with a brush. Use a small eyeshadow brush to spot conceal (us oily girls tend to get breakouts.) I use MAC, but some people feel it makes them breakout. Your best bet is to hunt, acquire samples from the makeup counter, try them for a week, and then decide which one suits you best. The ones that look best in-store don’t always look great half an hour later. All makeups oxidize differently, so try them out!
  6. Instead of piling powder on throughout the day, use blotting sheets to wick away oil without disturbing makeup. *Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, $4.75
  7. Touch up T-zone oil with a translucent powder instead of regular makeup. You already have makeup on. Once you’ve blotted, you just need a tiny dusting of oil-absorbing translucent powder for maintenance. *Estee Lauder Double Matte Oil-Control Pressed Powder, $26.00

The bad news? There’s no “cure” for oily skin. The good news? There are lots of ways to manage it. Happy managing!

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