There’s a difference between looking naturally dewy and just looking greasy and downright shiny. We would love to think we’re the former and look gorgeously glowy all the time, but the slick reality isn’t so. Some people (like us) are genetically predisposed to secreting excess sebum. Our pores are enlarged and our visages glaringly bright.
To help us avoid looking like an oil slick on hot, sticky days (or any day of the year for that matter), we grilled several leading skincare experts for a variety of shine-stopping tips. Check out how to get rid of oily skin below.
Find the Right Cleanser
“With oily complexions, you see more of a tendency toward breakouts. Since the skin’s sebum is sticky, it can clump together with dead skin cells and clog pores causing pimples. When looking for products for this skin type, you want to find a cleanser that will effectively cleanse the skin and wash away the excess oil at the surface without drying it out,” says Elena Arboleda, head esthetician at Mario Badescu Skin Care. Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, recommends using a salicylic acid wash to help break down the oil in your pores.
Exfoliation is also important. Using a grainy scrub two to three times a week or a product formulated with AHAs or salicylic acid will also help keep skin smooth and clear.
But Don’t Over Exfoliate
“Don’t overdo it as far as scrubbing, cleansing or exfoliating — it can lead to inflammation and a red, itchy face,” cautions Zeichner. Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau advises cutting back use of your sonic cleansing brush since it acts as an exfoliator as well.
Use a Toner
“Alcohol-free toners are great. They balance the pH of the skin and deliver water-based hydration,” enthuses Rouleau. Arboleda prefers toners that contain sulfur to help control oil production. “Using a toner that contains sulfur is a great way to add that ingredient into your regimen,” she advises.
Multi-Mask Where Necessary
The technique of multi-masking, applying several types of masks to address various needs on different zones of your face, has become very popular in recent months. Arboleda believes it’s a great way to address areas of the face that require special attention. “Using a mask formulated specifically for very oily skin like in the T-zone is a great way to address this challenging spot.” Zeichner recommends using a clay mask to suck up the excess oil from the area.
Limit Shine-Reducing Cosmetics to Your T-Zone
When your complexion is very shiny, you want to look for products that leave a matte or semi-matte finish to the skin. Try a mineral powder with sunscreen, that way you not only reduce oil on your skin, but you also protect it from the sun’s harmful rays. You also don’t want to look powdery or flat. Instead, you want a complexion that’s healthy-looking and hydrated. Thus, rather than an all-over uniform veil, limit shine-busting efforts to the T-zone. This will help keep a natural hint of youthful dewiness to your complexion.
Or Try Skipping Powder Altogether
Mattifiers, like primers, usually contain dimethicone, an agent that absorbs oil. “Oil-free primers are a great way to tone down the shine. Smooth only on your forehead, nose and chin to retain a natural hint of luminosity to your cheeks,” says international makeup artist Sergio Corvacho.
Keep Blotting Papers at the Ready
Blotting papers are a quick, easy way to soak up excess oil. Rouleau recommends blotting skin throughout the day to keep it shine-free. Also, be sure to blot before applying powders or mattifiers, so your skin doesn’t look cakey. Keep some handy in your purse and you’ll be good to go.
When all else fails, you may need to visit your doctor. “Prescription treatments like oral contraceptive pills, spironolactone and isotretinoin are all medications that can help regulate oil production from the inside out,” advises Zeichner.
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