Ladies, I understand the struggle of waking up in the morning and catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and thinking, “Why does it look like I’ve just drenched my face in a pot of vaseline?!“. Do I sound like I’m over-reacting? No, no I’m not. Oily skin is one of the most difficult skin types to care for, and if left untreated, it could lead to other skin problems.
Therefore, today I will help you tackle this bull by the horns and advise you what you should and shouldn’t do to improve your oily skin. I am not a skincare professional, just an absolute skincare enthusiast, BUT I have done my research and because I struggle with oily skin myself, these are all tips and tricks I practice and for sure improved my skin tremendously! So without further ado, let’s jump right in –
First up, we need to establish what exactly oily skin is and the causes thereof. Oily skin occurs when the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, which can be caused by hormone changes, unhealthy lifestyle, humidity, genetics or product over-use + other reasons which we’ll discuss in a bit!
Here are a few simple ways to tell if you have oily skin:
- You either wake up with a very shiny face, or your skin looks especially oily later in the day.
- Makeup slides right off and doesn’t stick.
- You have enlarged pores in your T-zone area.
- You’re more prone to acne, whiteheads and blackheads caused by clogged pores from excessive sebum.
- Oil is left behind on your phone, glasses and blotting sheets.
- Your skin rarely ever feels dry.
If you think you might have oily skin but you’re still uncertain, then I’d suggest you pay a visit to a dermatologist since they would tell you straight away and provide you with treatment. But if you’re on a budget, implementing these steps will still be of help for you.
Now let’s get down to the fun part, the DOs and DON’Ts for oily skin:
Cleanse your face every day and night – it is especially crucial for us oily skin folks to keep by our face cleansing routine to prevent the oil from building up and clogging pores. And we have discussed what those pesky clogged pores can lead to. Make sure you opt for a face wash that contains glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or beta-hydroxy acid (this depends on how oily your skin is, though).
Here are 16 great face washes formulated for oily skin that you can have a peek at!
Apply SPF – Now I know what you’re thinking, how can you apply sunscreen to an already oily face? Won’t that make matters worse? Not if you use the correct sunscreen. There are tons of SPF products on the market that are oil-free, light and will not cause you to break out more. Wearing sunscreen is a must to protect you from harmful UV rays, regardless of your skin type.
Follow a healthy diet – I’ve read so many times that a healthy diet plays a huge roll on the skin, and then I’ve also read of others claiming your diet will have no effect on your skin. Hmm… What do you think? I personally believe (and have experienced it with my own skin) that your diet does indeed affect your skin.
What you put into your body will eventually show up on the outside. So make sure to eat tons of anti-oxidant rich fruits and veggies, consume omega-3 fatty acids and of course drink PLENTY of water. Try staying clear of high-fat and processed foods and lower your sugar intake.
Exercise – Believe it or not but exercise can, in fact, help with improving oily skin. When you’re moving your body, your blood flow increases and carries oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. This can bring better balance to your skin’s pH level which could improve oily skin. Just make sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin right after working out!
Wash your hands – This one goes for all skin types! The whole reason your washing your face is to get rid of dirt and bacteria, so make sure you start off with clean hands first.
Wear the correct makeup – I have a whole blog post dedicated to selecting the most suitable foundation for your skin type (a simple guide from a PRO makeup artist), you can read it here. Always make sure you look for keywords such as “smudge-proof”, “budge-proof” or waterproof on eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara product labels.
One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen so many gals with oily skin make is, they apply so much highlighter! Girl, no… All you’re doing is causing your skin to look even shinier, and it’s not the good type of shine. Be mindful of how much highlighter you apply and where you apply it!
Wash your makeup brushes – Make sure you use clean brushes and sponges every time you apply makeup. I know it seems like a tedious task, but do you really want bacteria piling up on your brush and then touching your face with it?
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Skip on moisturizer – When you have oily skin, you may think your skin has enough moisture and it doesn’t need any more… I hate to break it to ya, but you’re really just making matters worse. Oily skin needs moisturizer just as much as all the other skin types. In fact, when you skip out on the moisturizer, your skin will start overcompensating for the lack of moisture by producing more sebum. Opt for light, oil-free moisturizers.
Use hot water – Washing your face with too high-temperature water can strip your skin from the natural oils, once again resulting in over-production of oil.
Sleep on dirty pillowcases – That soft, comfy thing you put your head on every night is actually a breeding ground for bacteria and dirt, and absorbs grease like crazy! Try switching out your pillowcases frequently with clean ones to prevent your skin from producing more oil and breaking out.
Use too many different products short after each other – By doing this you will only irritate your skin, causing it do get real aggravated and over-produce even more sebum and bringing you little friends on your face. Maybe if we’re nice to them, they’ll go away? No? Okay… Well, just make sure they’re not there in the first place by sticking to a solid skincare routine that works for you. I know it’s tempting with so many amazing products on the market, but your skin and wallet will thank you.
Touch or pick at your face – Well, to be honest with you, I am not in the position to point you out on this one, cause this is something I am guilty of. But I’m gonna try anyway. Do not touch your face or pick at it because you’re just spreading sebum and bacteria all over your face and cause little issues to turn into big problems, you get that Jacolene? People, do not follow my example.
Try to be more aware of how you touch your face during the day and make it a point to not touch your face excessively. Washing your hands frequently will help with fewer bacteria spread in case you do touch your face, but still, try to avoid it at all costs!
Having oily skin is not fun, and it has definitely made me feel very aware of my skin and lowered my self-esteem. When I started to implement these different tips on reducing the oil-levels of my skin, I have seen a significant improvement ever since! I still need to work on the last one, though…
If you also suffer from oily skin, and it has affected your self-esteem, I want to remind you that you are not alone. We always see these people with radiant, flawless skin and start to compare ourselves to them, unfortunately. We quickly forget we’re not the only ones and that the condition of our skin does not determine our worth.
Girl, you can kick this mountain in the butt! Why not give these tips a try? It may not heal your oily skin completely, but I’m pretty confident it will still improve your skin significantly.
Do you struggle with oily skin too? Let’s chat in the comments!
Thank you for reading.