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How to Stop Oily Skin - Find the Best Products to Treat Oily Skin

Updated on April 9, 2018
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Punkmarkgirl is a freelance writer with a passion for DIY projects, natural health, and makeup featuring the best products for oily skin.

Cleansing Tips & Products for Oily Skin

The key to fighting oily skin is keeping pores clean and unblocked, plus achieving a balanced moisture level. If your skin becomes dehydrated and pores become congested, your skin begins producing more oil. Here is a regimen to disinfect pores & keep oil production down, along with some product suggestions for oily & acne prone skin.

First, use an exfoliator to unclog pores. Splash some warm water on your face, and apply the exfoliator using circular motions. This sloughs away old dead skin cells, allowing debris to be freed from pores. Scrub for about 30 seconds, then rinse away granules with warm water.

Why does this help? Every day, our skin cells turn over, leaving dead skin behind. Using a scrub, such as St Ives Apricot Scrub or Skin Obsession's Microdermabrasion Crystals will remove this old skin that is blocking up your pores, paving the way for cleaner, clearer skin with fewer blackheads. It also allows toner (and other skin treatments) to fully enter each pore, so bacteria will be destroyed.

Proper Cleansing for Oily Skin
Proper Cleansing for Oily Skin

Next, treat open pores with a bacteria killing face wash. Some good choices are: Acne Free 24/7 Foaming Face wash, Proactive Renewing Cleanser or Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Face Wash. All three of these contain at least one ingredient that will destroy bacteria buried deep in the pores without over-drying skin.

Why does this help? Once you’ve exfoliated with the scrub in step 1, pores are open and ready for treatment. Oily skin harbors bacteria and oil in pores - washing with a quality facial wash will kill existing bacteria and prevent new bacteria from forming throughout the day.

PH Balancing Toner for Oily Skin
PH Balancing Toner for Oily Skin

Third, apply an alcohol-free toner. It's important to select a natural toner that isn't too harsh, otherwise it will dehydrate skin - encouraging it to produce even more oil. Many drugstore brands contain alcohol, so watch ingredients! It's better to select witch-hazel or rosewater based toners that contain nutritive essential oils designed to wipe out acne bacteria. Try Proactiv's Invigorating Toner, Basics & Organic's Rosewater Toner, or Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal Toner.

Why does this help? Since toner is a liquid blend, it has the power to soak into pores, where the root of oiliness and acne begin. By disinfecting pores at this stage of cleansing, you provide protective benefits that can help combat the effects of makeup and environmental pollution.

Fourth, apply a bacteria fighting moisturizer, such as Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Effect Refining Cream. This is a very light moisturizer & a little goes a long way. The Tea Tree Oil, Salicylic Acid, and Botanicals cleanse pores while moisturizing, and helps to control excess oil. If you have oily skin, always opt for a light-weight and oil-free moisturizer.

Why does this help? Again, the more dehydrated your skin becomes, the more oil it will produce. If skin feels very tight after washing, or you have peeling areas, then you probably need to moisturize in order to prevent additional oil production.

If you haven't yet found a moisturizer that agrees with your oily skin, you can also prevent skin dehydration by drinking ten 8 oz glasses of water per day, and avoiding caffeine & alcohol. During times you don’t get enough water (but too much caffeine & alcohol) compensate by using the Dr. Brandt Moisturizer. The Tea Tree Oil in this product makes skin feel wonderfully refreshed and hydrated, without any greasy after-effects. Pure aloe gel is also a noncomedogenic hydrator that adds moisture without clogging pores.

Fifth, apply an oil absorbent powder to keep skin fresh and oil-free.. One of the best mattifying produts on the market is from Mattify Cosmetics, called Mattify Ultra Powder for oily skin. This is a transparent powder that can be applied alone, as primer before makeup, and/or as oil-absorbent setting powder after foundation.

Why does this help? Skin oil causes most foundations and eye shadows to deteriorate. Using the Mattify Powder underneath and over your makeup helps it bond to the skin while preventing smudging and fading. Women who don’t use makeup, and men as well, can use Mattify Loose Powder to absorb excess facial oil all day long. The Kaolin Clay in the product absorbs 3x its weight in oil to keep your skin grease-free. It's also doesn't contain any Talc, Mica or Bismuth Oxychloride, which can irritate oily skin.

To apply, dip a powder brush into the mixture and apply in swirling motions all over your face. The more you blend, the more transparent the powder becomes. Those of you with extremely oily skin might find it helpful to apply with a powder puff instead of a brush. This technique allows for more concentrated application, and really presses the powder into your pores for maximum oil control. There is no need to worry about this causing blocked pores – it actually cleanses your skin as you wear it. The Kaolin Clay in the powder bonds to dirt and oil, so that when you wash your face at the end of the day, all debris is whisked out of your pores. Re-apply the Mattify Powder throughout the day for continuous oil control. Most people will find that they only need to re-apply once every 4-6 hours. The powder continues to go on clear, and will not disturb your other makeup.

Mattify ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin

ULTRA Matte Powder for Oily Skin by Mattify Cosmetics Vegan Makeup (Transparent)
ULTRA Matte Powder for Oily Skin by Mattify Cosmetics Vegan Makeup (Transparent)
How to stop oily skin? Use Mattify ULTRA Powder as an oil absorbent primer and setting powder.

If you follow these steps, you will find that your oily skin has drastically decreased. This is a regimen I discovered on my own, after trying what seems like every product & diet on the market to combat oiliness.

It does seem that those of us with oily skin have an unfair burden – but, those myths you hear are correct… People with oily skin show their age MUCH slower than those with dry skin. While we may require a high-maintenance skin care routine, we reap the benefit of looking younger longer! Most of the products mentioned in this article can be found either online, at supermarkets, or at Sephora or Ulta. Now that you've got a list of products that will help your oily skin, here are some things to avoid:

Enjoy perfectly matte makeup!
Enjoy perfectly matte makeup!

Products to AVOID for Oily Skin

These troublesome products can block pores & cause oiliness to become worse.

  • Oil based foundation
  • Cream eye shadow
  • Chap Stick with oil
  • Oil based moisturizer
  • Toners that contain alcohol
  • Products with Talc and Bismuth Oxychloride
  • Foundation makeup and primers that contain Silicones

Myths to Ignore if you have Oily Skin

Common things that have been tried, but aren’t true. You may have heard these myths somewhere along the way, but they don't hold much truth.

  • Stop eating greasy food, chocolate, or meat and oily skin will disappear. One thing that CAN cause acne? Eating greasy food, and then rubbing your face! Cleanse thoroughly if your face has come into contact with food oils.
  • Going on an all apple or all fruit diet will get rid of oily skin. While eating fruits is healthy, don't opt for a crash diet of all fruit, as the body also needs proteins to function properly.
  • Taking high amounts of Pantothenic Acid banishes oily skin & acne. It can help, but only if you are drastically deficient.
  • Exfoliating will make oily skin worse – this one is definitely untrue - just don't scrub for more than 30 seconds, or more than 2x daily! Also, remember to apply toner and light weight moisturizer afterwards.

© 2010 Ashley Bergin


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      6 years ago

      Very helpful. Thanks a lot.

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      6 years ago

      Very helpful. Thanks a lot.

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      9 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Great tips and some great advice for ladies! Cheers! Rated up!


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