Is your skin slicker than a used car salesman? Do your pores ooze oil all day and night? If you suffer from oily skin, you’re not the only one. I did for years (and still do at times).
Rule No. 1: Don’t despair. There’s hope.
“Hi, Karen. You’ve said before that you have oily skin, as do I, so I was wondering what you do (what products you use/have used) to combat it?
I have literally tried EVERYTHING, but my skin is still an oil slick!
I feel your pain! I was constantly struggling with oily skin throughout my 20s. I know it’s all natural, but I’m still a little grossed out by it, that greasy feeling and the relentless shine. I remember back in college when I’d fall asleep in my books. I’d wake up, peel my face away and see oily patches on the page. Awesome!
Now that I’m in my 30s, my skin’s a combination of oily and dry. Some spots are dry, but others are oily, like my forehead and cheeks. I use (and love) several products to keep the oil slicks at bay.
1. Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash, $5 for a 6.7-oz tube
This citrus-scented cleanser for normal-to-oily skin removes everything — oil, makeup, dirt, you name it. Yet it doesn’t feel harsh or leave my skin feeling tight or dry, thanks to botanicals like aloe vera, rosemary and spearmint. I loved it so much that I stockpile it when it’s sale. Plus, it’s only five bucks and carried in most drugstores.
2. DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew, $38 for a 1.7-oz tube
Okay, it’s totally expensive, but DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew is both oil- and fragrance-free, feels light as air, sinks into my skin quickly and packs just enough moisture for my skin. Even oily skin likes moisture, and a good moisturizer slows the evaporation of water from the skin (see: Moisturizer For Oily Skin). It also never, ever gives me breakouts.
3. Olay Facial Lotion Oil Free SPF 15, $12 for a 6-oz bottle
When I was in college I went through an awful bout of acne, and a dermatologist recommended Olay Facial Lotion Oil Free. I used it for years and still love it to this day. It feels light on my skin, can be worn beneath makeup and, like DDF Ultra-Light, doesn’t give me breakouts. I don’t use it anymore because I don’t think it’s moisturizing enough for my dry parts.
4. MAC Blot, $22 for a 0.42-oz compact
If MAC ever discontinued this oil-absorbing pressed powder I’d cry a thousand tears. It comes in five shades (Light, Medium, Medium Dark, Deep and Deep Dark) and works overtime to absorb oil, reduce shine and set makeup.
5. MAC Blot Film, $12 for 30 sheets
So maybe you’re not into powder. No worries. MAC also makes Blot Film, which is basically a good blotting paper. Just dab on your oily spots to take down the shine without leaving powder residue. If you’re on a tight budget, I find that Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($6 for 50 sheets) work great too.
What the Twitter-verse has to say
I also tweeted for oily skin tips on Twitter this afternoon, and these girls came to the rescue.
- This sounds funny but one of the best new products I’ve tried is the CVS brand (generic version) Acne Fighting Moisturizer ($5). It’s the dupe for Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer ($6). It has 5% salicylic acid, oil free, and sinks in SO well while hydrating!
- I have super oily skin and have used a lot of moisturizers. DDF Ultra Lite Dew and La Mer Oil Absorbing Lotion ($210) are great.
- LUSH Angels on Bare Skin ($10.95) cleanser!
- Milk of Magnesia ($4)! The only primer that works on my super oily skin!
- I have acne-prone oily skin and the only thing that works is the Aveda Outer Peace ($29-126) stuff. Cleanser, moisturizer, mask. So great.
- Neutrogena Acne Stress Control ($8)! The whole line, but specifically the cream cleanser! Super refreshing and great for acne!
- Origin’s Zero Oil ($12-25) line. I also use Modern Friction from Origins ($37.50). Good stuff! Use VitaZing ($35) for a good tinted moisturizer.
- Laura Mercier Face Polish ($30), Burt’s Bees Acne Solution Toner ($10), Korres Yoghurt Moisturizer ($32).
- ARCONA Cranberry Gommage ($42). Hands down the best scrub for oily skin!
But wait, there’s more!
You may also want to check out this post on Caring For Oily Skin. There are a few more tips in it you might find helpful.
If you have any more oily skin tips and product recommendations, don’t be shy. Please share them in the comments.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Onward to Friday!